Dubai’s oldest library opens in new home

Old Library

Dubai’s oldest English-language library has found a new home, much to the relief of the emirate’s bookworms.

Words by Aroma Kumar

After announcing its temporary closure in June, The Old Library re-opened on Wednesday (14th November) at the Gold and Diamond Park, near First Abu Dhabi Bank Metro Station (previously FGB metro station).

Housed in the Dubai Community Theatre and Art Center (Ductac) complex in the Mall of the Emirates from 2006, the literary refuge for Dubai’s book lovers is run entirely by volunteers and uses memberships fees and second-hand book sales to buy new books and cover operating costs.

Four volunteers happy at the news that The Old Library has found a new home. Photo credit: The Old Library

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While members enjoyed the easily accessible mall site, the 49-year-old organisation had to wave goodbye to its former premises, due to the entire space being earmarked for further development.

However, Emaar Properties stepped in with a rescue plan, offering the library a new home right next to a metro station and with plenty of RTA parking nearby (if you park inside the Gold & Diamond Park area, the first hour is free).

Next year The Old Library will celebrate its milestone half-century anniversary next year in its new home, which was first revealed in July 2018.

Sadly there’s no word on the fate of performing arts centre Ductac, but we’ll keep you updated.

The Old Library, Gold and Diamond Park (behind FAB Metro station). 10am-6pm, Saturday-Thursday. Closed Fridays and all public holidays. Annual adult membership AED 200.


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