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Abu Dhabi's Martyrs Memorial set to open on November 30

Construction progresses on tribute to Emiratis who lose their lives while serving in the armed forces

Abu Dhabi's Martyrs Memorial set to open on November 30

A Martyrs Memorial, being built in Abu Dhabi to pay tribute to Emiratis who lose their lives while serving in the armed forces, will be officially opened on November 30.

Sheikh Khalifa bin Tahnoun bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, director of The Martyrs’ Families’ Affairs Office, has overseen the installation of the first and largest of the metal panels, standing 23 metres tall, making up the monument’s main structure.

According to news agency WAM, the memorial is set to open on the second annual Commemoration Day on November 30.

"The monument represents the pride that the UAE’s wise leadership takes in the sacrifices made by our heroes to keep our heads high and to come to the aid of those in need," he said.

"This monument, which is a true reflection of the value of loyalty in Emirati culture, bears witness to the sacrifices made by our countrymen and their devotion in the service of the nation," he added.

The main monument will be made up of 31 metal panels leaning on one another and engraved with Arabic calligraphy. The structure represents unity and solidarity, and immortalises the memory of the fallen heroes of the UAE.

Once completed, the site is set to become a national and cultural landmark, WAM said.

Three internationally renowned artists submitted potential designs for the monument. The final design, created by British artist Idris Khan, was chosen.

The primary panel, which constitutes the keystone of the entire edifice, will be engraved with poems and verses written by the UAE’s founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, while one of the other monumental panels bears the pledge of allegiance of the UAE Armed Forces.

The monument is located to the east of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, where each of the fallen heroes will have his name individually honoured. The memorial site also includes a wide terrace with amphitheatre seating, where the annual Commemoration Day ceremonies will be held.