The announcement was widely reported in the regional press. Gulf News provides an extensive description and an image gallery.

Unveiling the project, His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, said the Arab world is facing a learning gap, which shows the need for projects the size of this historic cultural challenge, says the report.

Located in Al Jaddaf, in the heart of Dubai and close to Dubai Culture Village, the seven-storey, one million square foot facility will house more than 4.5 million books, including 1.5 million printed books, two million electronic books and one million audio books.

There will also be venues for arts and literary exhibitions, heritage preservation initiatives and a 500-seat theatre for lectures, seminars and presentations on best practices. The library will also serve as a platform for hosting and launching the most significant intellectual and cultural initiatives regionally and globally.