Mohammed Bin Rashid Library


The Mohammed Bin Rashid Library, not just an ordinary library, stands as a cultural hub. This place took about 6 years to complete and is now open to the public. Previously, the library has already been opened by Sheik Bin Rashid who is the king of Dubai. The library is shaped like a book stand and it comprises 9 libraries, each with its own themes. The library also has an outdoor and indoor amphitheatre, a gift shop, a café with two stories, a conference room, and a museum. Additionally, it has at least a million titles both physical and digital copies covering over 30 languages.

A Brief Overview Of The Mohammed Bin Rashid Library

There is no entry fee, but people have to pay for a membership if they want to borrow a book. The library stays open from Monday all the way till Saturday from 9 in the morning to 11 in the night. Sunday is an official holiday. Children of 5 years and above are allowed to access the library. The library also has an app allowing you to book your slots online. The library offers a parking space for no cost. A pathway that is completely shaded and leads to the Al Jaddaf metro point.

  • Entrance Fee: Free
  • Timing: 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM
  • Working Days: Monday to Saturday (Sunday is an official holiday)

The Setup Of The Library

The library covers an area of 54,000 square metres, the design is absolutely grand and has an old-world charm to it. The spacious and well decorated lobby area of the library welcomes visitors. When you enter the place the tall bookshelves will grab your attention right away. The library has tons of titles including some rare publications. To simplify the book search, all the books here are arranged numerically and subdivided into genres.

The good thing about this library is that it has a section just for blind children with books written in Braille. This area also has a pod with sensors to assist children with autism. The first level has two libraries, one containing atlases and maps and the second for arts and media. You will find the Emirates section on floor number six, this section has over 37,000 books that have information on the 7 emirates of the UAE, and that too in multiple languages.

The Exclusive Section

You can find this on the library’s seventh floor. So What does this content make it so exclusive? Well, this has rare documents, manuscripts, and books from the 13th century. Also, you find early versions of the Holy Quran in this section. Moreover, here lies the first publication by Miguel de Cervantes.

You will come across rare books on world history, particularly Egyptian history. They also have the Description de L’ Egypte. Other attractions near the Mohammed Bin Rashid Library include the Dubai Frame, Dubai Festival City, Museum of the Future Dubai and the Jumeirah Mosque, among many others.

What  Can You Expect At This Museum?

The library organizes its books into 8 sections, including a reading corner.

  • An international library
  • An Arabic library
  • A media centre
  • An information centre
  • A family library
  • A children’s section
  • Youth Library

It hosts numerous cultural events annually and features an art gallery. A heritage museum and a Civilization Museum are also an attractive part of the library. A theatre for 500 people also includes conferences and lectures. The library has sophisticated technology to facilitate proper research.

So, if you are in pursuit of knowledge then this is the right place for you. The library also has a host of events in the pipeline involving some eminent authors from all over the world. This library will be the epicentre of art and culture within a short time. To visit this place in Dubai, all you need to do is rent a car from Travel Saga Tourism to get there easily.