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Dubai's Mohammed Bin Rashid Library passes 70% completion mark

ASGC is building Mohammed Bin Rashid Library, with subsidiary ASU delivering MEP works

Dubai's Mohammed Bin Rashid Library is 72% complete [image: Dubai Municipality].
Dubai's Mohammed Bin Rashid Library is 72% complete [image: Dubai Municipality].

Dubai's multimillion-dollar Mohammed Bin Rashid Library is 72% and the project, being constructed by ASGC, is nearing its completion.

Located in Al Jaddaf and adjacent to Dubai Creek, final touches are gathering pace on what has been described as the largest cultural and library project in the Arab world.

Finishing works, landscaping, and infrastructure for roads and pavements, as well as work on the library's wall along the seafront, are all ongoing.

SITE VISIT: Mohammed Bin Rashid Library, Dubai

Mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) works are being delivered by ASU, which is a vertically integrated subsidiary of main contractor ASGC.

In February this year, SageGlass confirmed that its smart electrochromic glass technology, which helps to control daylight, glare, and heat, would be used in the project that is spearheaded by the Dubai Municipality.

News that the project completion rate had passed 70% came as director general of Dubai Municipality, Dawood Al Hajiri, inspected the progress on the library and discussed “technical matters“ with the construction teams on site.

PICTURES: MEP work at Dubai's $272m MBR Library

The complex architectural design of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Library roof resembles an open book and the main building contains a basement, ground floor, and seven storeys. It will feature a laboratory for preserving books, collecting and processing materials, and digitising old books.

It will also have a private library containing collectibles and rare articles related to the Al Maktoum family, Dubai Municipality said.

ASGC started construction of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Library in October 2016, with the contractor winning a building deal valued at $245m (AED900m).

Earlier this year, Construction Week's sister title, MEP Middle East, got a behind-the-scenes tour of the building and found out how the project is aiming to achieve Leed Platinum certification.

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