Permanent national tribute to the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan opens to the public
The Founder’s Memorial, a permanent national tribute commemorating the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, has welcomed members of the public for the first time after its official opening.
Situated on the Abu Dhabi Corniche, the memorial invites visitors to embark on a journey of discovery into the life and legacy of the UAE’s founding father.
Established to celebrate Sheikh Zayed’s visionary leadership and vast influence on his country and the wider world, the Founder’s Memorial encompasses 3.3 hectares of landscaped space which is free to access and open to the public on a daily basis.
The centrepiece of the site is The Constellation, a monumental public artwork consisting of more than 1,300 geometric shapes which form a dynamic three-dimensional portrait of Sheikh Zayed.
At sunset, the shapes of The Constellation are illuminated and shine like stars against the night sky, bringing the stunning portrait to life.
Yousef Al Obaidli, general manager of The Founder’s Memorial, said: "We are delighted to welcome the public to experience this magnificent tribute to Sheikh Zayed for the first time. This inspiring experience allows visitors to know more about his life and values as a leader and as a human, through art, landscape, words and stories.
"During the opening day, our Cultural Tour Guides have welcomed a large number of visitors and educational institutes and ensured they enjoy the artwork of The Constellation. This memorial spreads peace and love, and highlights Sheikh Zayed’s timeless wisdom, which remains a guiding light for the UAE and its people.
"It is a moment of great pride to welcome visitors to our space, where they can gain a deeper understanding of the character of our nation’s founding father."
Open daily from 9am to 10pm, the Welcome Centre is starting point for The Founder’s Memorial.