House of Wisdom

A living, breathing project, a witness to the cultural accomplishments of the Emirate, and an inspiration to coming generations.

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On the 23rd of April 2019, the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority unveiled two exciting and future defining projects for the city. The Scroll Monument and the House of Wisdom.

The Scroll, this visually striking artwork is a contemporary interpretation of the ancient Arabic scroll and a monument to celebrate Sharjah as the UNESCO World Book Capital for 2019.

The House of Wisdom, which opened on 9 December 2020, is an iconic Library and Cultural Center, designed by international architecture firm Foster + Partners.

House of Wisdom:

  • Opened by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Muhammed Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah and member of the supreme council of the United Arab Emirates
  • Designed by award-winning British architectural design and engineering firm Foster + Partners
  • Extending over 12,000 square meters
  • located by the Sharjah International Airport road and near the University City of Sharjah


  • Thousands of physical and digital books
  • Exhibition spaces
  • Fabrication Lab
  • World-class equipment to stimulate innovation and creativity
  • Specialized digital application to facilitate navigating through books
  • Print-on-demand book stations
  • Discussion halls
  • Reading areas (indoors and outdoors)
  • A Restaurant/Cafe’
  • Meeting Pods
  • Children’s education space
  • Dedicated women’s area
  • Indoor and outdoor parking areas

Inspired by the original House of Wisdom in Baghdad, it is the modern-day interpretation of a knowledge hub where all can come to seek enrichment.

Reinterpreting the library as a social platform for learning supported by innovation and technology, the House of Wisdom represents a new moment for Sharjah as an international cultural capital.

Scroll Monument:

  • Rising 36 meters into the sky
  • Made of 72 tonnes of steel
  • 240 tonnes of concrete foundations
  • Underneath a 4-metre wide base
  • The spiraling sculpture by world-renowned artist Gerry Judah

Inspired by an ancient scroll design that represented the lasting power of books and how reading shares a strong purpose of uniting people together.

Shurooq started developing the monument after the World Book Capital’s International Committee named Sharjah World Book Capital 2019

  • Features a large floating roof cantilevering on all sides of a transparent rectilinear volume.
  • The 15-meter-wide overhang shades the façades throughout most of the day, while aluminium screens are designed to filter the low sun in the evenings.
  • Hosts a 105,000-book library with indoor and garden reading areas.

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