The UAE’s new cultural landmark, The Mohammed Bin Rashid Library, opened its doors this week. Here is what to expect at the modern book hub.
The library is built in the shape of a “rehl,” which is a traditional wooden book rest that is mostly used to hold the Qur’an. Its total built area is more than 54,000 square meters.
The book hub has more than 1.1 million printed and digital books in Arabic and international languages, with over six million dissertations.
The library has a collection of rare and old books, atlases, manuscripts, and documents. Among the exhibited items are the first edition of Napoleon’s “Description de l’Égypte,” an 18th century encyclopedic register of Egyptian history and archaeology.
As part of the library’s outdoor facilities, the Languages Garden displays dozens of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid’s quotes on leadership, nation building, learning and more translated into various languages.
The massive structure also has a children’s library with 17,000 titles. The kids’ corner is colorful and has multiple toys for your young ones to enjoy.
The library is equipped to help differently abled visitors, with a Braille service and has a special space for autistic individuals.