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Al Ain plans to set up public library

posted on 28/04/2011: 923 views

Fulfilling a long-standing demand of residents, the civic administration of Al Ain has decided to set up a public library in the city.

The project was announced during a visit by Sheikh Tahnoun Bin Mohammad Al Nahyan, the Rulers' Representative in the Eastern Region of Abu Dhabi, to Al Ain Municipality. Dr Mattar Mohammad Al Nuaimi, Director General of Al Ain Municipality, briefed Sheikh Tahnoun on various planned and ongoing development projects in the city.

There is not even a single public library in Al Ain as of now and this fact becomes still more glaring when compared with other modern cities around the world.

People who enjoy reading have often highlighted the need for a public library in the city. It has also not been lost on visitors that a city fast emerging as an education and tourism hub lacked a public library until now.

Provision for theatre

Sheikh Tahnoun was told that the public library would be set up in Salimi district in accordance with international standards. It would cover an area of 21,377 square metres and accommodate 600,000 books and other printed material in addition to 100,000 information booklets.

A theatre with 350 seats is also to be incorporated in the library. Besides, around 600 visitors would be able to park their cars in a dedicated parking lot that will come up in the library precincts.

Dr Al Nuaimi said the project aims at promoting the reading habit and a thirst for knowledge in residents. The municipality conducted a thorough study and survey prior to undertaking the project.

Robbin Joshi, an Indian expatriate, expressed his happiness with the decision. "I would encourage authorities to set up a network of libraries in the city," he said.

Al Ain has many educational institutions and almost all of them have their own libraries. The biggest library is the Zayed Central Library that is a part of the UAE University. – Gulf News


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