Dubai has just inaugurated an extraordinary new building. The new Mohammed ben Rashid Library, spread over 55,000m², becomes the new largest library in the Arab world.
The facility, which brings together nine specialized libraries, has more than 1.1 million printed and digital books in Arabic and foreign languages and about 6 million academic works. The library also offers 75,000 videos, 5,000 historical journals and 500 rare collectibles.
A green and technological building
The structure does not just house books. The building is not only partly powered by solar energy but also has a water recycling system that allows it to reduce waste by 50% of consumption. It thus responds to an ecological dynamic.
Moreover, when entering the library, robots replace the staff by directing visitors to their favorite books. The building is divided into different thematic rooms and is equipped with numerous self-service kiosks as well as a scanning laboratory.
3 million books distributed to schools
Emir Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is behind this colossal project worth 260 million euros, also announced the distribution of three million books to the neediest schools in the MENA region.