What you need to know about Dubai's Mohammed Bin Rashid Library

Time Out has what you need to know about Dubai's Mohammed Bin Rashid Library opening in 2017. Also see pictures from the launch at Palazzo Versace Hotel

More details have been revealed on the biggest cultural project to open in the Arab World.

Last week, we reported that the Mohammed Bin Rashid Library will open next year, and gave a sneak peek at what the open book-shaped building will look like.

Now the full extent of what the Dhs1billion library – based near Dubai Culture Village and spanning over one million square feet - will feature has been announced.

The seven-storey building will be home to 4.5 million pieces of literature, including 1.5 million printed, 2 million electronic and 1 million audio, and it’s predicted to welcome 9 million visitors each year.

Serving as the headquarters for the publishers association, the library is expected to print and give out 10 million books over the next few years.

There will also opportunities for people cross the world to access the literature via their website which is estimated to get 20 million visitors per year.

With an aim to “bridge the learning gap” in the Arab world, it will a place for skilled people from all over the world to meet and aims to produce 20 times the 15,000 books currently produced in the region each year.

Eight specialised libraries will be available come 2017 (Children’s, Youth, Family, Business, Arabic, International, Popular and Multimedia) and their aims are to spread content, support authoring and translation, protect the Arabic language, preserve cultural heritage, and encourage reading.

During a press conference at the Palazzo Versace Hotel, they also shared that 25,000 titles would be translated into Arabic to open minds to other cultures, and those who are illiterate would be able to enjoy titles via their mobile phones.

Acting as a museum for the Arabic culture, the library will seat 2,600 people at a time and will host over 100 events annually such as the Arab Reading Challenge, using their 500-seat theatre.

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