Skip Nav
Consider This Emirate Before Booking Your Next Stay in Dubai
Meet the Refugee Using Recycled Bottles to Build Homes
Burj Al Arab
Of Course, 2 of the World's Most Photographed Landmarks Are in the Middle East
Freedom House 2017
Which Country Has the Freest Press in the Region?

Beach Library Dubai

Dubai Is Making Reading Cool Again

Dubai's on a kick to get the country reading! Last year, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, announced an unprecedented law that allows workers in the UAE the right to read for a full hour during the work day. (Why am I not taking advantage of this?!) "Our objective is to make reading a daily habit in our people," Sheikh Khalifa said, when announcing the ruling.

Now, another initiative has been launched to get people reading-- and it's going to be at beaches around Dubai.

Earlier this week, Dubai Municipality announced Beach Libraries, which is exactly what it sounds like. "Dubai Municipality will provide 6 new beach libraries in major beach parks, in line with the leadership's directives in establishing reading a government and national priority and a basic need for development. It also enables beaches in Dubai with an educational and cultural perspective at the same time. 8 beach libraries have been launched so far in Al Mamzar Corniche, Jumeirah and Umm Suqeim."

Donations are welcome, so if you have books you're done with, you can drop them at any of the locations to share with fellow bookworms. The library is also lit at night, making sure you can keep the reading going no matter what time of day.

Way to go, Dubai, for making reading fun and accessible for everyone!

Join The Conversation
Emirates Festival of Literature Authors Line-Up 2017
Giveaway: Win a Netflix Middle East Subscription
Book-Shaped Bags For Bookworms
Favorite Books Broken Down by Country
UAE Sends Relief For Sudanese Refugees in Uganda
Gifts For People Who Love Grammar
Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita Announced For Dubai Opera 2018
Ramadan Recipe: Shrimp Kunafa
Laban Immo Recipe From Feast, Sheraton Grand Dubai
Ramadan: What to Eat and What Not to Eat at Iftar and Suhoor
Latest Love
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds