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New image of massive Dubai central library released

New image of massive Dubai central library released

The gigantic library will hold more than one million books and is due to be opened in 2017

The first interior image of the planned Dubai Central Library has emerged ahead of the world-class centre’s earmarked opening in 2017.

The 66,000 square metre Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Library will be located in Al Jaddaf, across the Creek from Dubai Festival City and will resemble a giant open book.

Developed by Dubai Municipality, the centre will feature “internet services, various areas for open reading, a stage, a cinema, a visual and auditory library and a borrowing book section.”

Alongside a selection of Arabic books, there will be “one million international dedicated books” and a book section for “visitors and tourists”.

The municipality has said that there will also be presentations, documentaries and lectures “from around the world” at the library.

The library announcement coincides with the United Arab Emirates President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan marking 2016 as the Year of Reading.

The library was originally proposed in 2013 along with the ‘Mini World Park’ project, which will showcase replicas of famous monuments from across the world, if it goes ahead.

Eight library kiosks on Dubai beaches, including Kite and Al Mamzer, are also to be unveiled.

 

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