New municipality chief orders time-bound completion of library

Dawood Al Hajiri inspects the progress of the Mohammad Bin Rashid Library Project during a site visit.

Dubai: The new civic chief of Dubai has instructed officials and companies involved to complete the Mohammad Bin Rashid Library project, which is scheduled to open this year, in a time-bound manner.

Dawood Al Hajiri, the recently appointed director-general of Dubai Municipality, stressed the need to comply with the deadline specified, according to the plans approved by the municipality when signing the technical and architectural contract, said a press release.

The civic chief said this during an inspection visit to see the progress of work and the stage reached by the departments concerned and the contractor in charge of implementing the project.

Al Hajiri stressed the importance of the project, which is considered a modern architectural landmark that will be added to the emirate’s unique and distinct features.

The project supervised by the municipality is coming up in a total area of about 66,000 square metres in Jaddaf area on Dubai Creek.

Al Hajiri was accompanied by Marwan Al Mohammad, director of General Projects Department, and a number of officials, engineers, project owners and executing companies.

He reviewed the details of the project, the method of implementation at the site and samples of the main materials used in the project. He discussed some technical issues.

Al Hajiri directed the project team of consultants, contractors and engineers to complete the project within the specified time and schedule.

The Mohammad Bin Rashid Library project is unique and distinguished in terms of size and shape.


The library has an architectural form that looks like an open book. The project includes the main building which consists of a basement, ground floor and seven floors containing a central warehouse for books.

It also contains a laboratory for preserving books, collecting and processing materials, and facilities for digital conversion of books.

The project also has specialised libraries, including an Information Centre, Arabic Library, Public Library and Children’s Library, which has corners for reading stories, children’s books and other activities that contribute to the expansion of children’s understanding and endearment of reading.

The Family Library focuses on books that cater to safe education to the family members and enhancing family links.

The project also includes an International Library, Media Library, Periodicals Library, Audiovisual and Publications Library, Internet Services, Youth Library, study rooms, meeting rooms, as well as a private library containing collectibles, books and rare articles related to Al Maktoum family, the municipality said.

Other highlights include the Business Library, multiple open reading areas, permanent exhibitions, temporary exhibitions, a theatre, cinema and book-lending corners to enable visitors and tourists to keep abreast of the movement of scientific development in the world.

The Mohammad Bin Rashid Library is also poised to become a forum for the mingling of cultures through services, which will be provided by the library such as live shows of documentaries and lectures from all over the world.

The huge library building will host many cultural and knowledge events and art exhibitions, for which the latest technologies will be used. The library will be equipped to make it one of the largest electronic libraries in the world.

It will also serve as a cultural and scientific movement in the country and a catalyst for reading and scientific research and will support writing books, translation works and publishing.

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