Nearly 200,000 people visit Founder's Memorial in Abu Dhabi

Permanent national tribute to the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father of the UAE, attracts 198,919 visitors during first year
Nearly 200,000 people visit Founder's Memorial in Abu Dhabi
Open daily, the Founder’s Memorial offers year-round programming and free guided tours to visitors.
By Sam Bridge
Wed 08 May 2019 03:09 PM

The Founder’s Memorial, a permanent national tribute to the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father of the UAE, attracted nearly 200,000 visitors during its first year.

A total of 198,919 people visited the memorial since opening in April 2018, including a number of state visitors and international delegations.

The 3.3-hectare memorial site has also been widely used as a new public space in Abu Dhabi and a focal point during national celebrations and events, state news agency WAM reported on Wednesday.

The Founder’s Memorial's centrepiece, The Constellation, is a monumental public artwork featuring a 30 metre high, three-dimensional portrait of the late Sheikh Zayed that can be viewed from various angles and from other vantage points in the city.

The memorial site also contains a Heritage Garden with a collection of native plants and trees, a water channel feature, welcome centre and an elevated walkway featuring a series of inspirational quotes from the late Sheikh Zayed.

Dr Yousef Al Obaidli, director-general of The Founder’s Memorial, said: "In a short span of time, the Founder’s Memorial has become one of the key cultural and tourism landmarks in the UAE capital. In its first year, the Memorial has hosted delegations from 3,277 educational institutions and 2,180 government departments, 556 guests from the private sector and hotels, and 217 visitors from embassies accredited in the UAE."

Open daily, the Founder’s Memorial offers year-round programming and free guided tours to visitors.

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