HEADS UP: Dubai's Massive New Library In The Shape Of A Book Is On Schedule And Will Open By Mid 2018

World class library to come in Dubai

Library Update

Book lovers in the UAE, this one's for you.

As a part of Year of Reading in 2016, it was announced that the biggest library in the Arab world, Mohammed bin Rashid Library project, would be built in Dubai.

So, as per the new update, the construction of this world-class library is coming along well and it is all set to open in the middle of 2018 as scheduled. 

Hussain Nasser Lootah, director general of Dubai Municipality, reviewing progress of the project in this video

Not your average library

This seven-storey building is designed in the shape of an open book on a lectern and is spread over one million sq ft.

With more than 1.5 million books, 1 million audio books and 2 million e-books to boot, it will be the world’s largest electronic collection and the biggest library in the Arab world.

The library will also host a permanent art gallery and 500-seat lecture theatre.

What a stunning creation it will be

It's expected to receive around nine million visitors annually once open. 

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Nikita Mukherjee

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