A huge library designed in the shape of an open book is set to be built in Dubai.
The emirate’s municipality has announced a project called Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Library, which is due to open in 2017.
The 66,000m2 building will be in Al Jaddaf, across the Creek from Dubai Festival City and will feature internet services, various areas for open reading, a stage, a cinema, a visual and auditory library and a borrowing book section.
Dubai Municipality has announced that there will be “one million international dedicated books” and a book section for “visitors and tourists”. It will also host presentations, documentaries and lectures from around the world.
The library comes alongside UAE President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, dedicated 2016 the Year of Reading.
Also coming soon are eight book-lending kiosks across Kite Beach and Al Mamzar Beach.
HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, has also asked the public to share suggestions with him on how to make “reading a part of the culture, identity and life of our generations”.
Tweet using the hashtag #ReadingYear and the suggestion will get to his team.