New memorial honouring UAE founding father is named

Permanent tribute will mark the 100th anniversary of Sheikh Zayed’s birth

The Knowledge

A milestone memorial paying homage to the life of the UAE’s founding father, Sheikh Zayed, has been named.

The permanent tribute to the beloved late ruler, which is set to open early this year, will be known as the Founder Memorial.

The site, which has been created to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Sheikh Zayed, will house rare footage, personal stories and artefacts connected to his illustrious life.

The memorial will span 3.3 hectares and be placed alongside the Corniche at the intersection of 1st and 2nd Street, in 2018 to coincide with the national Year of Zayed declared by the UAE president, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

The landmark memorial, which is currently under construction, will have an eye-catching public artwork monument as its centrepiece surrounded by a plush public plaza with local landscaping.

The memorial will explore the late Sheikh Zayed's legacy and demonstrate how he paved the way for current and future generations to contribute to their nation’s ongoing progress and prosperity.

In honour of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the memorial is intended to be an inspirational destination that takes visitors on a journey that captures his life, his goodness compassion and humanitarianism, his unique wisdom and his vision for the future. It will also honour his dedication to the UAE and its people, and promote the values of tolerance, co-existence, and equality that he lived by.

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