Dubai: Gift of 1,000 books given to Mohammed Bin Rashid Library by China Consulate

The visit also included an introduction to Chinese culture



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A Staff Reporter

Published: Mon 8 Aug 2022, 3:23 PM

A VIP delegation from the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in Dubai, led by Consul General Li Xuhang visited the Mohammed bin Rashid Library (MBRL) to explore the Library’s outstanding facilities, services, and knowledge treasures.

“It is my pleasure to announce that the Consulate General of China in Dubai is providing the Library with 1000 books on Chinese culture, arts, children stories and other fields, in addition to a collaboration to establish a Chinese Book Corner in MBRL and Chinese Reading Day, marked on every August 8. Additionally, we will ensure to host a range of cultural-exchange activities to promote inter-cultural communication, mutual understanding, and friendship between China and the United Arab Emirates,” Li Xuhang said.

The event also had an introduction to the traditional Chinese culture. This involved a presentation of tea etiquette, Chinese calligraphy, music performance, and various Chinese instruments.

The delegation then presented Mohammed Bin Rashid Library with 1000 Chinese books on diverse topics, with a beautifully-crafted portrait containing MBRL’s name in Chinese.

“Guided by the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, the Library stands as a beacon of knowledge, culture, and innovation and an integral motivator encouraging young people to enrich and broaden their knowledge across all fields and spheres,” Dr. Mohammed Salem Al Mazrouei, Board Member of Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Library Foundation, said in his welcoming address.

“Driven by our firm belief in the significance of inter-cultural communication to developing cultures, the Library has prioritised establishing partnerships with institutions from all over the world, along with a myriad of future initiatives across all spheres of knowledge locally, regionally, and internationally. The innovative solutions brought by these collaborations will undoubtedly stimulate global cultural movement and magnify its positive influence,” he added. “With this vision and our future strategy in mind, we will constantly strive for further collaboration in cultural fields, in the form of exchanging best practices and cultural and knowledge experience, to eventually promote the creative industries of the two countries at all levels."

Li Xuhang said: “On behalf of the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in Dubai, I extend my sincerest gratitude to the officials of Mohammed Bin Rashid Library, which has become today one of the largest public libraries in the UAE, and an addition to Dubai’s portfolio of extraordinary landmarks with its marvellous architecture. Additionally, with a collection featuring millions of books from all over the world, the Library stands as a unique center for culture, society, and economic development, as well as a beacon of knowledge and innovation.”

“His Excellency Xi Jinping, President of China, once said that ‘reading keeps our minds alive, enlightens our wisdom, and nurtures our lives’. In fact, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum has also emphasised that ‘reading is nourishment for the soul and mind’. This shows the true significance of reading and encouraging future generations to pursue it even further," he added.

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