Sheikh Mohammed Opens Book-Shaped Library in Dubai
On Monday evening, the UAE Vice-President launched the book-shaped Mohammed bin Rashid Library (MBRL) on the Dubai Creek bank. The beautiful Dh1 billion cultural attraction, on the other hand, will be available to the public on Thursday, June 16.
The Mohammed bin Rashid Library, styled like a lectern, has opened on the Dubai Creek bank. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai announced the Dh1 billion initiative on Twitter.
On Thursday, June 16, the library will open to the public.
He described the seven-story skyscraper as a “beacon of information,” claiming it has over a million volumes and six million research theses.
“Today, we inaugurate a cultural and intellectual superstructure for our future generations, with the goal of encouraging reading, spreading information, and assisting researchers and scientists.” “Our objective is to illuminate the human mind,” tweeted Sheikh Mohammed.
The Dubai Ruler remarked, referring to the first verse of the holy Quran delivered to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), “The first commandment from heaven to earth is the word read” (Iqra). The economy requires information, politics need wisdom, and countries must learn.
All of this, and much more, may be discovered in books. We have gathered together millions of books through this library to chart our course, solidify our identity, culture, and heritage, and shape our future.”
The library was created in Al Jaddaf in the shape of a real, traditional wooden bookrest used to keep the holy Quran. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid originally launched the idea in 2016, during the country’s Year of Reading.
It is the Mena region’s largest cultural center and library of its sort.
A plethora of information
The Mohammed bin Rashid Library seeks to provide printed and digital literature to people with diverse interests, particularly youngsters.
The Mohammed bin Rashid Library has vast information spread throughout its seven floors. This comprises about 1.1 million printed and digital books in Arabic and other languages, over 6 million dissertations, over 73,000 music scores, approximately 75,000 movies, approximately 13,000 articles, and around 5,000 historical print and digital periodicals spanning 325 years. There are also around 35,000 print and digital newspapers from throughout the world, as well as nearly 500 unique artifacts.
Nine primary libraries outfitted with cutting-edge technology
There are nine specialized libraries in the project:
General, Emirates, Children, Special Collection Library, Maps and Atlases
Media and Arts, Business Magazines
In addition to paperback books, the library has a large collection of e-books and other digital media. The structure appears to be an open book at first glance. But there’s a lot more to it. According to the project’s website, the structure is shaped like a real, traditional wooden bookrest used to carry the Holy Quran.
The library’s facilities make use of cutting-edge technology and artificial intelligence. It has an automated storage and retrieval system for digitized books, self-service kiosks, a book digitization laboratory, and robots to answer visitors’ questions. It also incorporates augmented and virtual reality technology.