By Courtney Trenwith
The memorial will commemorate those who die while serving the UAE
A martyrs’ memorial is to be erected in Abu Dhabi to pay tribute to Emiratis who lose their lives while serving in the armed forces.
Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, ordered the memorial be built “to commemorate the Emirati heroes who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty”, a statement on official news agency WAM said.
The Martyrs Families' Affairs Office at the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court will oversee the construction of the memorial.
The announcement follows the deaths of 45 Emirati service men in Yemen on September 4. A three-day mourning period and a new Martyrs’ Day, to be held annually on November 30, also were declared.