Crown Prince of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, unveiled the Dubai Audio Library, the largest Arabic audio library in the world.
The library targets seven million visually impaired people in the Arab world and is an initiative undertaken by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) of Dubai in collaboration with the website Bookshare.org.
The first book uploaded to the Dubai Audio Library, Zayed Diwan, is a collection of 87 poems written by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.
The library will provide 300,000 books in Arabic and more than 10,000 volunteers will convert Arabic books into digital format and edit them before uploading them to the website.
This initiative aims to commemorate International Volunteers Day. Here, Volunteers can contribute to the initiative in two ways. The first is scanning pages of books and uploading them.
The second is proof-reading books in their digital format before uploading them. Selected books will be on the topics of positive ideas, confidence building, the determination in coping with life challenges, and enhancing imagination.
Capital: Abu Dhabi
Largest City: Dubai
Official Language: Arabic
Currency: UAE dirham (AED)
President: Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
Prime Minister: Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum