His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, officially inaugurated the new Al Safa Art & Design Library, a branch of the Dubai Public Library, which is a part of Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the emirate’s dedicated entity for culture, arts, heritage, and literature.
The new library is part of an initiative 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.
The Library’s book section, 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. His Excellency Abdulrahman Mohammed Al Owais, Chairman of the Board of Directors Office at Dubai Culture, said: “Dubai Culture works tirelessly to develop Dubai’s cultural and artistic landscapes. In line with its strategy to elevate Dubai’s position as a global, creative, and sustainable city for culture, heritage, arts and literature, the Al Safa Library will help drive these sectors, and in turn boost happiness across the Dubai community.
Talking about the new Library, Dawoud Al Hajri, Director General of Dubai Municipality, said, “Dubai Municipality has supported reading initiatives through the refurbishment of Al Safa Art & Design Library by creating a new contemporary architectural style that reflects Dubai’s approach to modern architecture, and modernizing and facilitating all its smart services. We have added an art gallery that will open the doors for talented local artists to display their work, in addition to a green area surrounded by long-living trees in support of sustainability.”
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.
It 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. It is also home to modern multi-purpose rooms and work areas, and a dedicated children’s library equipped with an activity room, a media room, a book room, an interactive digital wall, green wall, and feature wall - designed to engage the younger generation.
The space has been designed to reflect the Dubai Public Libraries’ position as prominent centres for knowledge and culture in the Emirate, supporting Dubai Culture’s mission to strengthen the literature sector and bring happiness to society. In its design, the library embodies Friedrich Nietzsche’s concept of quiet, spacious, and beautiful urban spaces for reflection that ‘express the sublimity of contemplation and aloofness’.