Mohammed Bin Rashid Library

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Mohammed Bin Rashid Library
View of the library, looking across Dubai Creek from the InterContinental Dubai Festival City
LocationAl Jaddaf, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Established16 June 2022
Size1.5 million printed books, two million digital books and one million audio books
Other information
Budget1 billion AED

The Mohammed Bin Rashid Library (MBRL) is a large library in the Al Jaddaf locality of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Dubai Creek that opened to the public on June 16, 2022 [1] [2]


The design of the library is inspired by the shape of a lectern. The main features of this library will be a conference centre, exhibition spaces, a children's library, a bookshop on the ground floor, reading halls, service areas, a business library, and training halls. The basement of the library will be able to accommodate around a thousand cars.

The project took over 6 years to complete at a cost of AED1 billion. [2][3][4] 300,000 to 400,000 volumes will be available in the library's open-access section. The library will have book handling and information systems. The library has been designed by consortium of 'asp' Architekten Stuttgart, Obermeyer Planen+Beraten Munich, and the ACG Architecture Consulting Group. The structural design of the library and its foundation system was awarded from ACG to S. A. MIRO, INC. for their experience in designing complicated structures similar to the library. The project's main contractor was ASGC Construction, a Dubai-based construction group.


Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum announced the conception of the library in February 2016, the "Year of Reading" in Dubai.[5] Designed in the shape of an open book on a lectern, the seven-story library will cover 650,000 square feet of property and is expected to facilitate 9 million visitors annually.[6] The Mohammed Bin Rashid Library will house over 4.5 million printed, digital, and audio books.[5] The AED1 billion contract for the construction for the Mohammed Bin Rashid Library is the largest cultural project in Dubai.[5] Construction began in September 2016, to be completed by mid-2018.[5] As of December 2017, the construction of the library was 22% completed.[7] In 2018 it was 72% complete.[3]

The library was due to open in 2018 but was still under construction in 2019.[8] As of February 2020, the facade was complete, the main structure was topped out, and the interior in late stages of development.[9] The library was opened to public on the 16th of June, 2022 and hosted a meeting of the Dubai Executive Council on the 23rd of June 2022. [10]


The library encompasses eight specialized collections, including an information centre, a media centre, an Arabic library, an international library, a public library, a business library, a youth library, a children's library, a family library, and a reading corner.[11] Furthermore, the library will include a center for conservation and preservation of books, manuscripts, and documents as well as a special library for the Al Maktoum Collection.[12] The library is expecting to host over 100 cultural and intellectual events every year along with a permanent art gallery.[5] The inclusion of a Civilization museum and an Arab Heritage Museum will allow people to embrace their Arab identity through heritage preservation initiatives.[12] The library includes a 500-seat theatre for lectures and seminars for launching intellectual and cultural events regionally and globally.[12]

The MBR Library will have modern technology to serve scientific research and dissemination of knowledge.[5] Hussein Nasser Lootah, Director-General of Dubai Municipality, has stated that the MBR Library will be a "world accredited reference in Arabic language and a destination for specialists, scientists, writers, poets, intellectuals, talented minds, and students. It will also serve as an incubation for publishers."[5]

The nearest Dubai Metro station is Creek on the Green Line with a shaded path under construction to link with the library.[2]

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  10. ^ The National, The National (23 June 2022). "Sheikh Hamdan leads Executive Council meeting at Dubai's striking new library". The National. Archived from the original on 16 July 2022. Retrieved 16 July 2022.
  11. ^ Morgan, James. "Dubai's MBR Library on track to complete in 2018 |". Archived from the original on 2018-03-19. Retrieved 2018-03-18.
  12. ^ a b c Wam (2016-02-02). "Dh1 billion Mohammed bin Rashid Library to be region's largest". Emirates 24|7. Archived from the original on 2018-03-19. Retrieved 2018-03-18.