Abu Dhabi is set to welcome a new state-of-the-art children’s library designed to inspire and entertain youngsters.
The Abu Dhabi Children’s Library will be housed in the newly restored and reopened Cultural Foundation on the grounds of the historic Qasr Al Hosn
Spread over three floors, the 5,250 square metre facility has been earmarked to open in March 2019.
It is divided into several age-appropriate, immersive social spaces and will boast three-dimensional learn/play spaces in which children can physically immerse themselves, becoming part of a story.
An open, friendly and inviting space, featuring whimsical, colourful designs inspired by the nature of Abu Dhabi, including a ‘Book Mountain’ at its centre, the library
is sure to be a hit.
HE Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman, Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, said: “We are extremely excited to be creating a new and vibrant space in Abu Dhabi that will impact the lives of children and their families.
“The Abu Dhabi Children’s Library will provide creative opportunities for digital engagement and emphasise the importance of the library as a rich and welcoming space for children within the local community.
“It will also allow us to support the development of Arabic literacy and creative programmes that will enrich and enhance learning outside the classroom. We hope to inspire a new generation of readers, starting them on a life-long journey of discovery.”
Each floor will have a different design concept that has been inspired by the rich and diverse landscapes of the UAE.
Cool features include sand dunes you can read on and an oasis landscape with a falaj water channel flowing with books.
The collection will house a large and diverse collection of books, including fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels, autobiographies and audio-books.
Children will be encouraged to talk
, perform, play and interact with one another in collaborative, open spaces.
A number of quiet zones for reading and studying have also been placed throughout the library, encouraging concentration and focused learning.
As well as all that, year-round programmes on literature, art, film and music will turn the library into a vibrant cultural hub inspiring exploration and creation.
And a dedicated exhibition space will host exhibitions showcasing the works created by children as well as displays for younger audiences.
We are sure it will be a very popular addition to Abu Dhabi’s cultural landscape.