MENA’s Biggest Library Worth 1 Billion Inaugurated By HH Sheikh Mohammed In Dubai

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Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, has opened an AED 1 billion ($272.3 million) library in the shape of a bookstand. The library’s mission is to promote a reading culture while also encouraging the growth of creativity, knowledge, and art on a personal and social level. It will serve as a gathering place for intellectuals, writers, and artists from all around the world. This library will be open to the public from June 16th, 2022.

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The Mohammed bin Rashid Library is a seven-story building with nine specialised libraries and over a million print and digital volumes. The General Library, Emirates Library, Young Adults Library, Children’s Library, Special Collection Library, Maps and Atlases Library, Media and Arts Library, Business Library, and Periodical Library are the nine libraries. There are also over six million research pieces, 73,000 music scores, 75,000 videos, approximately 13,000 essays, and over 5,000 historical print and digital periodicals on the site. Around 35,000 print and digital newspapers from around the world are also available.

“Today we launch a cultural and intellectual edifice for our new generations, through which we aim to promote reading, spread knowledge and support researchers and scientists,” Sheikh Mohammed wrote on Twitter. “The economy needs knowledge, politics needs wisdom, and nations need knowledge, and all of that can be found in books.”

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Artificial intelligence and other forms of the latest technology will be used in the library to react to visitors’ questions, including automated storage and an electronic book retrieval system, self-service kiosks, a book digitization laboratory, and smart robots. This library is environment friendly with solar panels on the roof providing 10% of its electricity. The exterior construction is intended to insulate the interior of the building, limit heat gain, and aid in the regulation of the internal environment. Natural light is let in through the ceiling windows, and the shape is designed to cut water consumption by half.

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