Region's largest innovative library opens in Dubai
The ruler of the emirate of Dubai Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum opened the largest innovative library complex of his own name in the business center of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The Al Arabia news agency informs that the vast collection of different works is located in the seven-story building with ultramodern equipment costing $272 mln, TASS reported.
In a launching ceremony, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said: "Today we launch a cultural and intellectual edifice for our new generations, through which we aim to promote reading, spread knowledge and support researchers and scientists. Our goal is to illuminate the human mind," the agency quoted him as saying.
"The economy needs knowledge, politics needs wisdom, nations need to learn, and all of that can be found in books. Through this library, we have brought together millions of books to develop our path, consolidate our identity, culture and roots, and create our future," said the emirate's head.
The Dubai Library Center has more than a million printed and digital books in Arabic and foreign languages, more than 6 million dissertations, about 73,000 musical scores, 75,000 videos, about 13,000 digitized scientific articles and more than 5,000 historical print and digital regional magazines from the last 325 years, as well as about 35,000 print and digital magazines and newspapers from around the world and nearly 500 rare collectibles, the agency wrote.
The Mohammed bin Rashid Library has nine specialized collections: general, Arab Emirates, for young people, for children, special collections, maps and atlases, media and arts, business and periodicals. In addition to the paperback editions, there is a wide range of electronic books and other digital media, as well as access to millions of sources of information from all over the world. The library facilities use the latest technology with elements of artificial intelligence, automated storage and electronic book finding systems, self-service kiosks, digitized book labs, and intelligent robots to respond to guest requests. Technologies for creating virtual reality elements have also found their application in library facilities.
10% of the electricity consumed in the building is generated by solar panels on its roof, and water from evaporation from air conditioners comes to the plants placed in the interiors.