The first edition of Dubai Public Library saw the light of day in 1963. Located in Al Ras overlooking the banks of Khor Dubai, it ushered in a fresh wave of culture and knowledge in the city.
Dubai Public Library Reaches Out to Senior Citizens with CDA’s ‘Thuker’ Initiative
The Dubai Public Library, owned and managed by the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated Authority for culture, arts, and heritage, is reaching out to senior citizens with the Community Development Authority’s (CDA) ‘Thuker’ initiative.
Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansoor Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, CDA’s ‘Thuker’ programme provides senior citizens over the age of 60, with access to services and facilities, for their contribution to Dubai’s growth and development.
A tribute to members of the community, who have played an integral role in the development of the UAE, through ‘Thuker,’ Dubai Public Library is offering senior citizens complimentary membership, in addition to priority access for library transactions. The branches under Dubai Public Library will also provide a home-delivery system for members looking to borrow or return their books.
Abdulrahman Ibrahim, Head of Dubai Public Library, Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, said: “Dubai Public Library is committed to giving back to the community through an array of year-round initiatives that engage and inspire the love for the written word. Through our participation in CDA’s ‘Thuker’ initiative, we are honouring those individuals who have played a role in defining the city’s history.”
Dubai Public Library has always played an integral role in serving as creative spaces for the community, where intercultural dialogue and knowledge exchange are encouraged. The libraries are located in Al Twar, Al Mankhool, Hor Al Anz, Al Safa, Al Rashidiya, Al Ras, Umm Suqeim, and Hatta.
Fifty years after their inception, they continue to remain the definitive meeting ground for members of the community and an incubator for information.
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