The biggest library in the Arab world will be opening its doors soon…

We here at What’s On have been eagerly awaiting updates on the Mohammed Bin Rashid Library. We first posted about it back in January 2016 which if you didn’t remember, was the Year of Reading. Now after years of eagerly waiting, we have an update that the library will be opening its doors this year.

If you’re just as excited as we are, read on to see…

What we know about the Mohammed Bin Rashid Library

The library is located in Al Jaddaf and has a unique and eye-catching structure. It has been designed to resemble an open book sitting on a rehl (a traditional lectern which holds the Quran.)

It doesn’t look like it, but the Mohammed Bin Rashid Library has seven floors.

A video shared by Mohammed Bin Rashid Library on their official Instagram gives us a quick look inside the 54,000 square metre space.

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For the avid readers who are reading this post, there will be nine specialised libraries inside the space ‘where you can enjoy reading and nurture your creativity.’

A previous post on the Mohammed Bin Rashid Library Instagram tells us that there is a general library space, a young adults library, a (colourful) children’s library, a library dedicated to maps and atlases, a media and art library, a business library, an Emirates library, a periodicals library and one titled ‘Treasure of the Library’ which seems to look like an exhibition space showcasing books.

The library will offer smart and digital services and will be one of the most technologically advanced libraries in the world. The video states that the library has adopted the latest technologies including smart robots, augmented and virtual reality and more. There looks to be a unique book delivery system that can be seen delivering a book to a reader.

But, all the floors aren’t just packed with books. There’s a whole lot more inside which makes the attraction much more than just your basic library. We’ve been told there will also be theatres and several spaces for events, activities, education and cultural festivals and exhibitions.

We can’t wait to step inside and check this reading haven out.

Images: Instagram