By Staff writer
Crown Prince says memorial to open on Nov 30 will be named Wahat Al Karama, Oasis of Dignity
The memorial site created to honour the UAE’s fallen soldiers is be named Wahat Al Karama (Oasis of Dignity), Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has announced.
He said that the site, which is to be officially opened on November 30, will be a landmark that reflects the UAE’s pride in the sacrifices made by its armed forces, and where the values of dignity, unity, and solidarity for the sake of the nation are enshrined, news agency WAM reported.
The site covers an area of 46,000 square metres, symbolically located between the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and the General Headquarters of the UAE Armed Forces. It is open to the public 24 hours a day.
The site includes the Memorial Plaza, a large open area of over 4,000 square metres which will host the annual Commemoration Day ceremony.
A circular pool of water, 15mm deep, occupies the centre of the Memorial Plaza. The pool provides a unique reflection of the Mosque and also the Memorial’s 31 aluminium-clad panels.
The panels are engraved with poems written by the UAE’s founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. A long spine at the rear of the Memorial is engraved with the pledge of allegiance of the UAE Armed Forces.
Wahat Al Karama also includes the Pavilion of Honour with a roof made from eight large panels, seven of which represent the seven emirates, and the eighth represents the nation’s heroes. At the centre of the pavilion are seven massive glass panels, on each of which is written the Armed Forces’ pledge of allegiance.
Sheikh Mohamed said: "Wahat Al Karama is a national landmark to unite the people of the UAE in gratitude for the heroes that have honoured the UAE. It will tell the heroic tales of those who have given their lives for the country. The site will immortalise the heroes’ memory, and forever bear witness to their sacrifices, inspiring future generations of young Emiratis to adhere to their country’s national values."