Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated entity for culture, arts, and heritage, has launched its ‘Spring Colours Festival’, which will run for two weeks across five Dubai Public Library branches from 23rd March to 8th April 2017.

At its Hatta, Al Rashidya, Al Twar, Al Mankhool and Umm Suqeim branches, Dubai Public Library is offering a range of activities for children from 6 to 15 years old, which have been designed to develop their skills and help them to benefit from their free time away from school during spring break.

Fahad Al Mamri, Director of Dubai Public Library, commented: “We are pleased to have launched this year’s edition of the ‘Spring Colours Festival’ in five different Dubai Public Library branches. The programme aims to enhance children’s skills through fun activities that are also related to their studies, and promote a healthy reading habit across this age group in line with the National Month of Reading March 2017.”   

Hatta Public Library Activities

Hatta Public Library will be hosting a total of 10 activities during the festival. A festival brief on 26th March was followed by activities that kick-started the two-week initiative, including ‘Innovate for Yourself’, which showed children how to recycle materials and raised awareness about the importance of preserving the environment. Many other activities are ongoing and the library will also be taking participating children on a trip to Zabeel Park in Dubai.

The other four libraries

The Al Rashidya, Al Twar, Al Mankhool and Umm Suqeim branches will host several activities and workshops during the festival. Al Rashidya is organizing 11 activities including ‘Making Video Games’ and ‘Team Spirit’ workshops, while Al Twar will host six activities including a ‘Thinker Programme’ and a lecture for adults about cupping treatments on 8th April. The Al Mankhool branch will host nine activities such as ‘Future Leader’ and ‘Calligraphy Workshop’, and the Umm Suqeim branch will launch four activities including ‘Innovate for Yourself’, ‘Art Etiquette’, and a trip for children to Zabeel Park.

The Dubai Public Library network includes eight libraries for adults and another seven for children. Some branches feature multi-purpose halls, classrooms and exhibition spaces, and all branches of the Dubai Public Library are connected via computer systems. This has established close links with other modern libraries, providing access to vast sources of information on a diversity of topics in both Arabic and English.