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Dubai Digital Library to provide access to more than 1,600 books

DubaiLibraryThe sophisticated electronic platform will allow visitors to have access to a huge collection of Arabic books.

Dubai: A sophisticated electronic platform, giving access to more than 1,600 books and massive authentic knowledge resources, will soon be launched by the Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation (MBRF) and made available for the public.

The first phase of the Dubai Digital Library will give the public access to a huge collection of Arabic books, including translations, as well as Arabic and foreign periodicals, dictionaries, biographies, and maps by the last quarter of this year.

In line with the directives of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and under the patronage of Shaikh Ahmad Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of MBRF, the first phase of Dubai Digital Library will include more than 1,600 books covering a range of subjects, including language, medicine, pharmacy, geography, history, religion, and sociology.

Visitors will be able to benefit from several other services, including advanced search options and tools that offer quick and extensive results, either by topic name, author or date. They will also be able to add comments or take part in discussions on various topics, the MBRF revealed.

Jamal Bin Huwaireb, Managing Director of MBRF, said that the foundation is keen to create innovative projects that offer advanced platforms in the transfer of knowledge and Arab culture.

“The Dubai Digital Library initiative is one of the ambitious projects of MBRF, which aims to enrich the Arabic content on the internet, and support the promotion of Arabic language. The library will appeal to most people as it fits in with modern requirements and covers specialised areas,” he said.

The initiative seeks to keep pace with the rapid changes taking place in the field of publishing, driven by the growth of technology and the widespread use of the internet and smart devices for reading and research work in countries around the world.

The library will also have a customised section for newspapers and magazines published in the Arabic language. Another section will offer access to ancient and modern dictionaries, enabling readers to gain insights into the development of language and modern literature. It will also contain a large number of biographies of personalities who have influenced Arab civilisation and development.

Audio recording of some works will be provided to enable people with special needs to benefit from the library. A multimedia exhibition will offer photographs, videos and sound recordings, enriching the content of the library.                                        

Article Source : Gulf News

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