Construction of Dubai's $272m MBR Library in 2016
The seven-storey building designed in the shape of an open book will include a centre for book conservation and restoration and a special library for the Al Maktoum collection
A $272m (AED1bn) construction contract has been awarded for the Mohammed bin Rashid (MBR) Library in Dubai.
HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, UAE's Minister of Finance, and Chairman of Dubai Municipality, has reportedly approved the building contract.
Construction work on the project will commence in September 2016 and be completed by mid-2018.
The 6.03ha (650,000 sqf) property wil comprise eight libraries.
The seven-storey building has been designed in the shape of an open book, and features a centre for the conservation and restoration of books, a special library for the Al Maktoum collection, and a civilisation museum.
The identity of the firm that will build the project is yet to be revealed.
Upon completion, the facility is expected to serve 42 million visitors annually and will house more than 4.5 million printed, digital, and audio books.
According to WAM, Hussein Nasser Lootah, director-general of Dubai Municipality, said the library would deliver its services through traditional, electronic, and multi-media systems.