ADEN, 24th April, 2016 (WAM) — The Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) has commenced restoration work at the national library in the Crater city, Directorate of Seera in the Governorate of Aden as part of the UAE development projects in the country.

The restoration of the library, one of the oldest cultural and academic institutions in the country, is the 11th development project to be implemented from among the 15 such projects, as per the directives of H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union (GWU), Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation (FDF), President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Honorary Chairwoman of the ERC, aimed at improving healthcare, educational and sheltering services for those affected by the ongoing events in Yemen.

Founded in 1980, the library will be restored as per international best standards and will be equipped with modern facilities so as to better serve students and researchers. The work includes maintenance of 12 halls for documents and books, two main halls for reading, another hall for exhibitions and one for computer and internet services. As many as 7,359 readers visit the library every month.

The ERC said qualitative restoration project underscores Sheikha Fatima’s deep recognition and understanding of the role this library plays in safeguarding the scientific, literary and creative legacy of the people of Yemen. Sheikha Fatima’s initiative saved this national treasure from negligence.

Addressing an audience of ERC representatives, senior local officials and cultural, academic and social personalities during a ceremony to mark the inauguration of the work, Mohammed Nasr Shazli, Undersecretary of Aden Governor, said Sheikha Fatima’s initiatives had far-reaching impact on the lives of the Yemeni people in many vital sectors and had contributed to finding solutions to the most pressing issues facing the country at this delicate time.

The library restoration project, he stated would revive the cultural movement and cater to the needs of the researchers in different disciplines of knowledge.