Dubai Media Office shared a recent snap of the building…

The Mohammed bin Rashid Library is one of the most hotly-anticipated new attractions in the city. And it looks like it’s almost ready to open its doors.

Dubai Media Office shared a couple of images of the 66,000 square metre library on their Instagram alongside the caption: “A new iconic knowledge and culture hub takes its final shape … The Mohammed bin Rashid Library, located on the Dubai Creek in Al Jadaf.”

The library was announced as part of the 2016 Year of Reading and is expected to open later this year. The exterior structure has been designed to resemble an open book sitting on a rehl – a traditional lectern which holds the Quran.

Standing seven storeys tall, the stunning architecture can be seen from across the Creek, giving water taxi passengers a prime view of its progress.


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When complete, the library will house more than 4.5 million books, including printed and e-books, and will also include several areas for events, activities, education and cultural festivals, as well as venues for exhibitions, and a 500-seat lecture theatre.

The Mohammed Bin Rashid library will also host the main headquarters of The International Council for the Arabic Language and publish the Mohammad Bin Rashid Contemporary Arabic Language Dictionary.

There’s no official word on when the library will open, but if these images are anything to go by, it looks like it could be very soon.

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