Dubai ruler issues law to establish new $272m library

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has issued a new law to formally establish the $272 million Mohammed bin Rashid Library.

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Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has issued a new law to formally establish the $272 million Mohammed bin Rashid Library.

Sheikh Mohammed also issued Decree No 36 to form the library foundation’s board of directors and chaired its first meeting.

The board, to be chaired by Mohammed Ahmed Al Mur, is tasked with drawing up general policies and strategic plans required to deliver the library’s objectives, news agency WAM reported.

Sheikh Mohammed directed the board members to work on attracting “best minds, books, intellects and linguists”.

He said: “We want the library to be a house of wisdom, where researchers gather, youth innovate, and knowledge get drafted. We don’t want the library to be a place for books, we want it a place to attract youth and enhance their cultural and knowledge soul.

“The library is part of our continuous effort to cement reading in the society and making books ‘part of life’,” he added.

The foundation will run the library and promote the organisation locally, regionally and globally. Members of the board will serve a three-year term, subject to renewal.

The AED1 billion library, launched by Sheikh Mohammed in February, will feature more than 1.5 million volumes, 1 million audio books and 2 million e-books, making it the world’s largest electronic collection and the biggest library in the Arab world. More info

By Staff  www.arabianbusiness.com

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