Dubai airports to feature library corners and provide e-book

Posted: 21-Jan-17 11:33

As part of a movement to engage travellers and help them learn more about the UAE’s national identity and heritage, holidaymakers or passers-by in transit with a stopover at any of Dubai’s two international airports will be able to enjoy free reading during their time there. The move by the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority aims to promote knowledge of the UAE’s culture and history while with complying with the UAE National Strategy for Reading 2016-2026.

Dubai airports to feature library corners and provide e-book

After signing a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Dubai Airports, Dubai’s main cultural entity, Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (often shortened to Dubai Culture) has revealed plans to launch new reading spaces at the Dubai International Airport (DXB) and the Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC), enabling holidaymakers arriving to Dubai and those catching a connecting flight at either of the two Dubai airports to enjoy free books and e-books during their time there.

The initiative by Dubai Culture also includes the creation of library corners and reading spaces at both Dubai airports and the new service will be provided entirely free of charge to transient national and international passengers with the aim of promoting UAE culture and national identity for visitors and residents alike whilst also supporting Dubai’s UAE National Strategy for Reading 2016-2026.

To take the new move to full fruition, Dubai Culture will team up with Dubai Airports to recruit internal coordinators that will then oversee the implementation of the new facilities and measure the outcome and results of the reading initiative.

With the ultimate goal of inspiring readers about the United Arab Emirates’ heritage, history and traditions, as well as promoting the act of reading in itself and give more options to those embarking on a Dubai holiday and touching down on either of the city’s two airports; the new move will also see Dubai Culture actively supporting Dubai Airports’ variety of events and cultural programmes via advertising materials, emails and several publications for both visitors and employees.

The Dubai Culture & Arts Authority plays an important role in strengthening Dubai´s cultural identity, solidifying its status as a global hub and promoting cultural and creative exchange whilst encouraging artistic originality. So, next time you make it to Dubai, or plan to stop there for a short (or long) while, make the most of the new reading facilities on offer at its airports…if you´re not an avid reader already…it´s never late to start and learn more about the UAE in the process. Happy reading!

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