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 finds a new residence in 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 nominal fines and second-hand book sales to purchase new books and cover operating costs.
While members enjoyed the easily accessible mall location, 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 in one of its nearby retail facilities, which is conveniently located near to a metro station and has ample RTA parking spaces nearby.
The Old Library should celebrate its milestone half-century anniversary next year in its new home, which is set to reopen to the public in October.
Sadly there’s no word on as to when and where Ductac will re-open, but we’ll keep you updated.