Mohammed Bin Rashid Library, Dubai

The epicentre of literacy in Dubai

11 Mar 2020, words by Ankita Bhowmick in The Guides

Mohammed Bin Rashid Library

Featuring a total built-up area of 66,000 square metre, Mohammed Bin Rashid Library is a prominent project by the government of Dubai. The design of the library resembles a Rehl, which is a Turkish lectern. A Rehl is used for carrying books, especially the Holy Quran.

The library aims to serve the educational, societal and tourism movements. It is a specialised project and is related to the latest technologies and is a distinguished part of Dubai Tourism.

The main building of the library features a conference centre, exhibition spaces, a children’s library, a bookshop on the ground floor, reading halls, service areas, a business library, and training halls. There is also space for thousands of cars to be parked in the basement of the library.

The library hosts eight specialised collections that include an information centre, an Arabic library, a popular library, children's library, family library, international library, media library, publications visual and auditory and internet services. It also hosts a young adult library, study rooms, conference rooms, a special library that hosts a special library for the Al Maktoum Collection.

There is a business library, permanent exhibitions, temporary exhibitions, auditorium, cinema and sections for borrowing books. It features centre dedicated to the conservation and preservation of books, manuscripts, and a special library for the Al Maktoum Collection.

Mohammed Bin Rashid Library showcases live library presentations, documentaries and lectures from around the world. Most of the physical books, articles and newspapers will also be converted to electronic versions.

Location: Al Jaddaf

Opening hours: 8.30 am to 9 pm on weekdays, 8.30am to 4pm on Saturdays & closed on Fridays. 

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