Six firms said to bid for $272m Dubai library construction contract

Mohammed bin Rashid Library is scheduled to open in 2017; will have world's largest electronic collection
Six firms said to bid for $272m Dubai library construction contract
By Staff writer
Sat 03 Sep 2016 10:20 AM

Six companies have reportedly submitted bids for construction of the $272 million Mohammed bin Rashid Library in Dubai.

The project, which was launched in early 2016, is expected to be completed by next year and will hold more than 1.5 million volumes, 1 million audio books and 2 million e-books, making it the world’s largest electronic collection.

"If all goes well, the contract will be awarded in next two months," a Dubai Municipality official told Zawya Projects without naming the bidders.

The 66,000 sq m building will be in Al Jaddaf, and will feature internet services, various areas for open reading, a stage, a cinema, a visual and auditory library and a borrowing book section.

Visitors can also expect live library presentations, documentaries and lectures to take place while there will be separate areas for children.

The project also includes administrative and technical sections, reading halls, a business library, an exhibitions centre, a conference centre, service areas and training halls.

The library comes alongside UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan's dedication of 2016 as the Year of Reading.

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