H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, inaugurated the largest Arabic audio library in the world, the Dubai Audio Library, which targets seven million visually impaired people in the Arab world. The library is an initiative undertaken by the RTA in collaboration with the website Bookshare.org and was launched on International Volunteers Day.
H.H. Sheikh Hamdan marked the launch by uploading the first book to the Dubai Audio Library, ‘Zayed Diwan’, a collection of 87 poems, representing Sheikh Zayed’s age when he passed away, written by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. The Library is a volunteering platform for supporting seven million visually challenged Arabs. The RTA is seeking to provide 300,000 books in Arabic with help from more than 10,000 volunteers to convert Arabic books into digital format using OCR scanners and edit them before uploading them to the website.