Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, has directed the distribution of 3 million books across thousands of schools in the Arab world to promote reading.
The initiative follows his inauguration this week of the Mohammed bin Rashid Library, a “new cultural beacon in the region” built with an investment of AED1 billion.
The aim is to cultivate a culture of reading, while supporting the development of creativity, knowledge, and art at both individual and social levels.
Sheikh Mohammed said: “The Mohammed bin Rashid Library seeks to deliver a quintessential Arabic message; it will have an overall impact on the entire region with a vision to enrich the cultural landscape in the Arab region and globally.”
He added, “We have the largest reading competition in the Arab world wherein 22 million students participate, and we have the latest Arabic library built at a cost of AED1 billion with a noble mission to revive importance and reverence for books amongst our new generations.”
Sheikh Mohammed stressed that a knowledge of books is the basis upon which other knowledge is to be built.
“Reading is the most important skill that our new generations can be armed with. The Mohammed bin Rashid Library will play a genuine role in consolidating culture and knowledge while promoting the habit of reading nationally and on the Arab level.”
The new library aims to help people with various interests, especially youth, to access printed and digital books, in order to shape an Arab generation that understands the role of reading and culture in society’s development.
Across its seven floors, the Mohammed bin Rashid Library features a significant amount of content, including more than 1.1 million printed and digital books in Arabic and foreign languages.
The library will officially open its doors to the public on Thursday, 16 June.