The House of Wisdom, a 12,000 sq m library, is set to open in Sharjah in April this year.
The high-tech library and social hub has been built to commemorate Sharjah being named UNESCO World Book Capital 2019, becoming the first city in the Gulf region and third city in the Arab world to be awarded the title.
The Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) project is meant to strengthen Sharjah’s position as a melting pot of cultures.
The Scroll, a monument created by UK-based artist Gerry Judah during Shajrah’s time as World Book Capital, will also stand close to the new library.
Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, Head of Advisory Committee of Sharjah World Book Capital, Vice President of International Publishers Association, said, "Sharjah was founded on pillars of literature, education and a strong passion for harnessing intellectual creativity – be it local, regional or global.
“The House of Wisdom project is a new cultural milestone, and has strengthened Sharjah’s position as a melting pot of world cultures in the region.
“The ethos behind this library are the same ones that guide Sharjah’s development process, and proves once more that the sustainability and growth of any nation can only be ensured by promoting continuous opportunities for learning and gaining knowledge."
Last year, Sharjah also unveiled a number of beach libraries aimed at promoting reading in the emirate.
Sharjah also hosts a book fair every year in October and November.