Libraries on Beaches and in Parks – What a Great Idea

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ABU DHABI // For many sun lovers there is nothing nicer than laying on a beach and relaxing with a good book.

But what happens when you open your beach bag and realise you have left your book at home?

Well, if that occurs while you are at the Abu Dhabi Corniche do not despair because now you have a whole library of books to choose from.

The public library on the Abu Dhabi Corniche was officially opened on Thursday, to the delight of beach goers….

There are also libraries at Khalifa Park and at parks in Al Shahama and Al Bahia….

Adel Al Rabeea, marketing and communications director at Abu Dhabi Municipality, said there was a demand for a beach library.

“Ninety per cent of those we surveyed said it was necessary to have a library here,” he said.”We partnered with the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development in this initiative. It’s amazing that we transformed a store to a library.”

Sheikh Nahyan said he hoped the beach library would be a popular spot among residents and tourists….

“We want to create an environment where information is available to everybody at any given time and place, such as this lovely Corniche beach.”