The Mohammed bin Rashid Library in Dubai will extend its closure for a second consecutive day on Tuesday due to the ongoing unstable weather conditions prevailing in the city.
In an official statement, it was announced that the library would remain closed on Tuesday, February 13, 2024, owing to the current adverse weather circumstances. Furthermore, all events scheduled for Tuesday will also be deferred, as stated in the announcement.
This closure follows the library's shutdown on Monday, aligning with the precautionary measures taken due to the heavy rainfall that commenced early Sunday morning. The UAE government had implemented work-from-home directives for federal employees and mandated the closure of public and private sector schools. Private companies were also urged to facilitate remote work arrangements for their staff, resulting in significantly reduced traffic on the roads on both Monday and Tuesday.
Designed in the form of a rehl, a traditional wooden bookrest utilized for holding the Quran, the library's architecture overlooks Dubai Creek. Housing a seven-story structure, it stands as one of Dubai's most ambitious cultural endeavors, serving as a beacon of knowledge, culture, and creativity. Its mission includes expanding its collection by procuring millions of books from various corners of the globe.
The library encompasses ten primary collections, catering to diverse interests and demographics: the General Library, Young Adult Library, Children's Library, Information Center, Map and Atlas Library, Media and Arts Library, Business Library, Emirates Library, Periodicals Library, and Special Collections Library.
The statement concluded by indicating that the Mohammed bin Rashid Library would resume its regular operations and reopen to the public on Wednesday, February 14, 2024.