A permanent tribute to the UAE's founding father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, is set to be inaugurated in Abu Dhabi.
The Founder’s Memorial has been named by Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
Set to be inaugurated in early 2018 to coincide with the Year of Zayed and marking the 100-year anniversary of Sheikh Zayed’s birth, the memorial will offer visitors a journey of discovery into his life and legacy, state news agency WAM reported.
The landscaped site will feature native plants and shrubbery from the UAE and the Arabian Peninsula, in keeping with Sheikh Zayed’s commitment to nurturing local flora and fauna. The space will also feature an elevated walkway with views of the memorial’s central artwork, and beyond to the Abu Dhabi skyline.
It will feature rarely-seen footage, personal stories, articles and artefacts, it added.
The memorial will be located at the intersection of first and second street along Abu Dhabi's Corniche and cover an area of 3.3 hectares.
"The late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan is a guiding star whose vision continues to light a path of progress and prosperity for the UAE nation. We are immensely proud of his visionary leadership and values that underscore his wisdom, as well as the groundwork he laid for our nation’s advocacy of tolerance and co-existence," said Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs in a statement.
"Through the establishment of The Founder’s Memorial, it is our intention to foster connections with our nation’s founding father among future generations of Emiratis and for posterity, and to highlight his perceptive leadership to the whole UAE population by providing a place of gathering for the community in which to reflect and celebrate," he added.
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