The Mohammad Bin Rashid Library project is expected to be completed by mid-2018. Image Credit: Supplied

Dubai: Officials from Dubai Municipality visited the city’s newest project that is currently under construction – the Mohammad Bin Rashid Library project.

The Dh1 billion library has the shape of an open book, and covers an area of 66,000 square metres. Located on the Dubai Creek in Al Jaddaf area, the project consists of a main building with basement, ground floor and seven floors, in addition to a central warehouse for books.

Although no exact details were revealed, the project is sticking to the planned opening of mid-2018.

Hussain Nasser Lootah, director general of Dubai Municipality, inspected the progress of work at the site along with a number of municipality officials.

The library will also includes a centre for conservation and restoration of books, manuscripts and documents, a display of rare artefacts from the Al Maktoum family collection and a museum celebrating the heritage and the history of human civilization.

The project was announced by Shaikh Mohammad at the launch of the Year of Reading, declared for 2016 by President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.


Once completed, the project is expected to have:

  • 42 million visitors annually
  • 10 specialised libraries
  • 1.5 million printed books
  • Two million digital books
  • One million audio books