Hamdan bin Mohammed inaugurates Al Safa Art & Design Library

  • Monday 04, March 2019 06:43 PM
Sharjah24 – WAM: Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council, officially inaugurated the new Al Safa Art and Design Library, a branch of the Dubai Public Library, which is a part of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the emirate’s dedicated entity for culture, arts, heritage, and literature.
The new library is part of an initiative launched in 2016 by Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), to support the UAE National Strategy for Reading by refurbishing the Dubai Public Library network. The Al Safa Art & Design Library, an initiative of Dubai Culture in partnership with Dubai Municipality, is a pilot project that will serve as a benchmark for libraries.

Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed unveiled an interactive digital curtain to inaugurate the Library in the presence of Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group.

Later, Sheikh Hamdan toured the Library along with Abdulrahman bin Mohammed Al Owais, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) and Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The tour covered the Library’s book section, which is home to over 4,000 titles, an art gallery, and a children’s section designed to host a variety of events and workshops for children.

The launch of the library coincides with UAE's National Month of Reading, as well as the conclusion of the UAE Innovation Month. It underlines Dubai Culture’s strides in highlighting the role of reading in UAE’s development and in encouraging Emirati youth to innovate. In line with the National Strategy for Reading, this step will also further Dubai Culture’s vision to foster a generation of educated readers and establish the UAE as a hub for culture and knowledge.

The library will also host ‘The Spirit of the UAE through the Camera Lens Exhibition,’ a joint initiative launched by Dubai Culture, the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Awards, and the Emirates Falcons Photography Society. The exhibition will showcase a collection of photographs that document Emirati heritage and culture, selected by Ali bin Thalith.

The library features a beautifully designed art gallery and a creative space where emerging designers, architects, and artists can collaborate, support each other’s work, and access a large collection of books and resources covering various fields of art and design including fine art, architecture, calligraphy, music, performing arts, and much more.