This building is one of the most significant cultural centres in the region. King Fahd National Library Contains 79,000 Manuscripts: Cultural Treasures and Civilizational Heritage. The place opened in 2013, and behind the striking design is the German firm, Gerber Architekten. Situated in Riyadh, the country's capital, the scheme is part of a larger urban scale development program to facilitate interaction, collaboration and study. The main entrance hall is located at ground level, alongside exhibition areas, a restaurant and a bookshop. There is a separately accessible area specifically for women on the first floor in which female guests can spend time without a burka. The various book depositories are seen as treasures to be found within the building's protective exterior.