The client, Dubai Municipality, strives to develop a central library of international format with a significance that reaches beyond the borders of the Emirate of Dubai. The new library’s holdings will include about 1,700,000 volumes. 300,000 to 400,000 volumes will be available in the library's open-access section. Book handling and information systems will reflect the latest technological developments. Planning is progressing rapidly ever since Dubai Municipality revealed the winning design in January 2006. The planning consortium of 'asp' Architekten Stuttgart, Obermeyer Planen+Beraten Munich and ACG Architecture Consulting Group developed the Preliminary Design in record time, addressing the clients various needs and issues for such an ambitious project. In the meantime options are discussed of relocating the building site from the initially proposed location at Lake Al-Mamzar to the prestigious Business Bay in downtown Dubai which indeed would be a suitable location for a cultural institution of this scale.