TRA unveils ‘Smart Library’ initiative
The Smart Library supports the UAE's “2016 as the Year of Reading” initiative
The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has launched its ‘Smart Library' initiative at its Customer Happiness Centres.
Customers can review more than 200,000 books, periodicals, magazines and other publications through a number of tablets installed at the centres. Visitors can access the smart library by simply registering their names through the smart device by providing a username and password.
This initiative aims to support 2016 as the "Year of Reading" as declared by H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, and launched as a national initiative set by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in order to establish reading as a permanent social habit among present and future generations of Emiratis and UAE residents.
H.E. Hamad Obaid Al Mansoori, director general of the TRA, highlighted the importance of reading in the UAE and it can be done in free time, in as many places as possible and that reading further enhances knowledge and mental development.
To bring about individuals' intellectual growth using smart technologies is an achievement for the TRA as the initiative promotes the country's vision of making smart electronics part of the people's lifestyle in the UAE.
"The TRA will launch a series of other initiatives to support the directives of H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, especially as smart lifestyle technologies are widely available in the country. The project will provide reading items through smart media and other channels to reach out to readers wherever they are and whenever they wish to use them with their smart devices," H.E. Al Mansoori added.
The TRA has urged the public to take the opportunity to register and ask for the username and password from the staff at Customer Happiness Centers and pass the time by reviewing books, news and other publications, emphasising that while customers may spend just a short time at these centres, they can maximise their stay and acquire valuable information.
The UAE Cabinet has acknowledged the declaration of 2016 as the Year of Reading, following the directives of H.H. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and has initiated preparations for an integrated national framework that will bring about a generation of readers and establish the UAE as a capital of content, culture, and knowledge.