In a new agreement reached with Emaar, the Old Library in Dubai averted a potential situation that could have seen its closure. The library was initially being operated out of the Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre (Ductac), which has now closed owing to the lack of new premises. However, the library has now found a new home thanks to the timely agreement reached with Emaar that will see the relocation of the library to the Gold and Diamond Park.
The vice chairwoman of the Old Library in Dubai, Michelle Sadoon heaved a sigh of relief that the library was saved from a possible closure. She said that the library had sustained its popularity and standing in spite of severe changes in the last half century. Emmar promptly responded to the feelers put out by the library seeking a new home and put in a well-timed intervention. With the current membership reaching the 2000 mark, the library hopes to attract more members when it opens for business in October.
Even though the library is saved from closure, the shutting down of the Ductac is affecting the local community, who feel that they are now bereft of a community arts center that had international recognition. The Ductac’s expected move to Mirdif City Center failed to pass through. Ductac was a viable symbol of the region’s interest in the smaller arts.