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Construction of Dubai's $272m MBR Library in Jaddaf 82% complete

Dubai Municipality chief confirms remaining project work is on track to be completed this year

The MBR Library in the Jaddaf area of Dubai Creek is now 82% complete, Dubai Municipality has said.
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The MBR Library in the Jaddaf area of Dubai Creek is now 82% complete, Dubai Municipality has said.

The 6.6ha Mohammed Bin Rashid (MBR) Library project in the Jaddaf area of Dubai Creek is now 82% complete, Dubai Municipality (DM) has announced.

According to Dawoud Al Hajiri, DM’s director-general, the $272.3m (AED1bn) project is “going on in full swing”, with remaining works set to be completed “according to the highest and most efficient standards’.

The latter activities relate to the project’s interior and decoration, all of which Al Hajiri said will be “completed this year”.

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He added: “[MBR] Library is one of the most important projects that will contribute to the promotion of Dubai's cultural and literary status, which will enrich the cultural stock and will be one of the new cultural and tourism destinations in Dubai.”

News that the project completion rate had hit 80% comes two months after DM announced 72% completion of the scheme. Finishing works, landscaping, and infrastructure for roads and pavements, as well as work on the library's wall along the seafront were ongoing at the time, as reported by Construction Week.

The library's main building consists of a basement, a ground floor, and seven floors containing a central warehouse for books.

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The structure also contains a laboratory for preserving books, collecting and processing materials, and facilities for digital conversion of books, DM added.

ASGC started construction on MBR 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 took a tour of the building and explored its Leed Platinum certification initiatives.

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