Arabic digital library to launch by year’s end in Dubai

Along with Arabic books, the Dubai Digital Library will offer translations, Arabic and foreign periodicals, dictionaries, biographies and maps.

DUBAI // The first phase of a digital library offering a collection of Arabic books is to launch by the end of the year.

The Dubai Digital Library, which is being set up by the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation (MBRF), aims to keep pace with the changes in publishing, growth of technology and use of internet and smart devices for reading and research.

The platform will offer translations, Arabic and foreign periodicals, dictionaries, biographies and maps.

“It is one of the ambitious projects of MBRF, which aims to enrich Arabic content on the internet and support the promotion of the Arabic language,” said Jamal bin Huwaireb, the foundation’s managing director. “The library will appeal to most people as it fits in with modern requirements and covers specialised areas.”

The first phase will include more than 1,600 books covering subjects including language, medicine, geography, history, religion and sociology.

Users will also be able to comment on various topics.

The library will include a section for access to ancient and modern dictionaries, and a large number of biographies of people who have influenced Arab civilisation and development. Audio recordings will be available for those with special needs, along with a multimedia exhibition.

The web address for the platform has yet to be revealed.

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Published: May 11, 2015 04:00 AM

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