We can’t wait to see the finished product.

Back in 2016, we brought you news of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Library, a world class facility due to be built in Dubai. The announcement was timed to tie in with the Year of Reading, and as lovers of the written word, we were thrilled.

Well, a couple of years on, and the building itself is taking shape. It’s going to be a pretty impressive structure.

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Hussein Nasser Lootah, director general of the Dubai Municipality, popped by recently to have a look at progress.

Here’s a look at that on Instagram:


The library is going up in Al Jaddaf, over the Dubai Creek from Festival City. At 66,000 square metres, it’s going to be home to 4.5 million books and is expected to attract nine million visitors a year.

Safe to say, like most things here in Dubai, it’s go big or go home.

Mohammed bin Rashid Library

With a design like that, we’re thinking that’s the right scheme. The library is being built to look like an open book on a rehl, the traditional lectern the Quran sits on.

The interior is no less stunning, either.

Mohammed bin Rashid Library

Very much in keeping with the library’s soon-t0-be status as a major cultural hub for the Arab world, we’d say. The library will have sub-sections devoted to children’s literature, young people, and families, as well as an Arabic language area and multimedia section.

We don’t have an exact date for the opening yet, but word is it’s about six months away. We’ll let you know more as it happens.

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Images: Dubai Municipality