Dubai’s book-shaped Mohammed bin Rashid Library opens

The Mohammed bin Rashid Library that overlooks the Dubai Creek was inaugurated on Monday.

The building looks like an open book. According to the project’s website, the building has been built in shape of a rehl, the traditional wooden book rest used to hold the Holy Quran. Rehl is an X-shaped, foldable lectern used for placing the holy book as the faithful recite it.

The Mohammed bin Rashid Library is the biggest cultural centre and library of its kind in the Mena region and the seven-storey building has over a million books and six million research theses. In addition to 10 main library collections, the project features conference centres and exhibition spaces.

According to its website, the project has main libraries for:

  1. General use
  2. Young adults
  3. Children
  4. Information
  5. Maps and atlas
  6. Media and arts
  7. Business
  8. Emirates
  9. Periodicals
  10. Special collections


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