His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has given his full support to the law, describing it as an unprecedented cultural and legislative initiative".
"The law will encourage the private sector to invest in the establishment of libraries and cultural centres. This will be done by providing the private sector with facilities, incentives and discounts," His Highness Sheikh Mohammed added.
That means that even coffee shops at shopping mall will have to offer books to its customers.
"Our goal is for 2016 to be the start of a sustainable cultural change among generations – a change that consolidates the importance of reading, celebrates knowledge and boosts the status of reading."
As an extra incentive, a national fund will be set up to support reading initiatives and assist media organisations to advertise the importance of books.
This body will also be used to organise monthly events devoted to promoting literature.
In addition, the government will oblige schools to encourage reading among their pupils.