By Will Milner
The 25-metre gate is under construction and will honour the president of the UAE Sheikh Khalifa
Abu Dhabi is currently building a 25-metre gate in honour of the president of the UAE, which will be the largest in the world when it is unveiled on UAE National Day on December 2, it was announced on Monday.
The 25-metre heritage gate, whose location has been kept under wraps, will carry HH Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s name in over 200 languages, the WAM News Agency reported.
Already under construction, the symbolic gate will be the largest in the world when it is unveiled on UAE National Day on December 2.
The project was launched by The Sultan Bin Zayed's Culture and Media Centre, in cooperation with the Zayed Higher Organisation for Humanitarian Care and Special Needs, the UAE University and the Sheikh Khalifa Fund to support Youth Projects.
Habib Yusuf Al Sayigh, Director General of the Centre, said the Khalifa Project in World Languages is a gesture of gratitude to the country and the president.
He said the project “reflects a genuine love to Sheikh Khalifa from Emiratis and world peoples. It aims at expressing allegiance to the leader through writing his name in all languages of the world, as well as highlighting the UAE culture and national identity."
The project will include an electronic encyclopedia “Khalifa in languages of the world,” which is a high-tech website including a biography of Sheikh Khalifa, and the UAE’s achievements translated in different languages of the world.
Surely HH Sheikh Khalifa's name will be the same in every language? I can understand you might write it in different alphabets (Arabic, Latin, Chinese, Japanese, Cyrillic etc.). But given, for example, in all EU members, he is 'Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nayhan', regardless of the language spoken, they might be bit hard put to write it in 200 languages.
Lol - humor aside, I do think that the over the top glam is what put Dubai, and the UAE on the map.
That having been said, I would love to see the day when this country enters the record books for good reasons, such as "Highest charitable donations", or something equally positive. Hopefully this coming generation will make the change.
Is it an issue??? As long as you are not being affected please do not comment however sarcastically about tributes......
especially which are of no concern to you as a specific individual...
Abu Dhabi airport entry would be better option for the owner and guests who pass through to feel proud about it. That would show the hospitality and commitment to the tourism industry.
But defenitely not the way in AB picture. Who ever improvised that picture leading to deep water, done in bad taste.