On The Hunt for a UAE Library / Café? Keep Reading

Yes, libraries do exist in the UAE – and with all the reading we’ve been doing during the pandemic, we thought why not list out all the café libraries that exist out there for you to try out on a weekend or perhaps even on a quiet weekday. Scroll for our tip libraries in Dubai:

1. Spill The Bean

Okay, we’ll spill the beans! This independent specialty coffee shop located in Sustainable City distinctively offers an array of books you can either enjoy in the café itself or from the comfort of your homes. What we love most about this one is its’ original book exchange system where visitors can bring in a book of theirs and in exchange, avail a free coffee on the house.

Libraries In Dubai: Spill The Bean
Source: Spill The Bean

If you fancy a bite, you can even treat yourself to one of Spill The Bean’s menu items. Word on the street is this UAE library’s breakfast menu is worth the visit. They’ve got a vast selection of pancakes, tree hugger yums (yes, that’s what they’ve called them) and even bagels. Ugh, if we could get a dime every time we craved a bagel.

Find the deets below:

Opening Hours: 7:30am – 8pm 

Location: The Sustainable City, Dubai

Contact Number: +971 52 505 9022

2. Jameel Arts Centre

Libraries In Dubai: Jameel Arts Center
Source: Jameel Arts Center

Located at Jaddaf Waterfront, Jameel Arts Centre boasts a library that acts as an open contemporary arts research centre dedicated to cultural histories of the Gulf and its neighbouring regions. The growing multimedia library collection features books, journals, catalogues, theses, artists’ files and ephemera in both English and Arabic.

If you’re looking for a new kind of outing, we would recommend forgoing the usual weekend lunch out and instead hitting up the library for an insightful read. Here are the deets:

Opening Hours Vary

Location: Jaddaf Waterfront, Dubai

Contact Number: 04 873 9800

3. Al Safa Art & Design Library

This inspiring and relaxing free public space in the UAE boasts an impressive collection spanning over 4,000 books, artistic sculptures, and photographs. The library’s minimal interiors will also help de-clutter your mind for a couple of hours (You know you need it). Though the library visit is free, fees apply to take books home.

Opening Hours: Sat to Thurs 10AM to 5PM, Fri Closed

Location: Al Wasl Rd, Jumeirah 3, Dubai

Fees: Dhs150 membership fee for one person, Dhs220 membership fee for a family. 

Contact Number: 800 33222

4. Al Mankhool Library

Jump through the years to experience old Dubai in Al Mankhool Library, located in Bur Dubai. If you’re looking for a spot to get some work done, Al Mankhool Library’s quiet atmosphere will offer the right space for you to seize the day (woo!).

Opening Hours: Sat to Thur 8am to 7.45pm, Fri closed

Location: Al Mankhool, Dubai

Fees: 5 year membership costs Dhs75 for children under 12 and Dhs220 for adults.

Contact Number: (04) 515 5200

5. Kutab

If you’re looking for the perfect place to conduct a book club meeting, this is it. This modest café bookstore offers a small menu including fresh juices, cake and pastries, breakfast options, salads and sandwiches – but you’ll probably want to visit for the coffee and books.

Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (May Vary)

Location: Mirdif, Dubai

Contact Number: +97142885858

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Lara Geadah


Lara is an entrepreneur, marketing agency owner, content creator and the founder of Woman’s Guide Middle East. During her downtime, Lara likes to watch horror movies or shoot content. Keep up with her on the gram at "Lara's Happy Work"

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