Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has launched a new mega library shaped like a bookstand that cost $272 million (Dh1 billion) to build.

The new seven-floor Mohammed bin Rashid Library aims to be a new cultural beacon in the region, state news agency WAM reported while cultivating a culture of reading. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum toured the library on Monday and said: “Today we launch a cultural and intellectual edifice for our new generations, through which we aim to promote reading, spread knowledge, and support researchers and scientists. Our goal is to illuminate the human mind.