The Founder’s Memorial in Abu Dhabi, a permanent national tribute commemorating the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, welcomed its first visitors today as the space officially opened to the public.
Established to celebrate Sheikh Zayed’s visionary leadership and vast influence on his country and the wider world, The Founder’s Memorial invites visitors to embark on a journey of discovery into the life and legacy of the UAE’s founding father.
Through an innovative use of art, landscape, words, stories and multimedia experiences, the memorial presents a range of personal encounters with Sheikh Zayed as a man and a leader, enabling visitors to gain a deeper understanding of his values.
Situated on the Abu Dhabi Corniche, the site encompasses 3.3 hectares of beautifully landscaped public space. The centrepiece of the space is The Constellation, a monumental artwork designed by public artist Ralph Helmick which offers a dynamic three-dimensional portrait of Sheikh Zayed.
Dr Yousef Al Obaidli, director general of The Founder’s Memorial, said: “Great nations value their leaders, and this is what we have done by establishing The Founder’s Memorial. The launch of The Founder’s Memorial coincides with the commencement of the Year of Zayed, declared by UAE President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to mark 100 years since the birth of Sheikh Zayed. More than just a monument, the space provides a focal point where the community, and in particular young people who did not have the opportunity to know him, can gather to learn, reflect on and celebrate Sheikh Zayed’s vision and tremendous contribution to the world. His wisdom remains a guiding light for the UAE and its people, as embodied by the centrepiece of the site, The Constellation.”
He continued: “The Founder’s Memorial is a new landmark and major visitor attraction in Abu Dhabi, strengthening the UAE’s position as a leading cultural destination. We look forward to welcoming international visitors to our space where they can learn about Emirati culture and heritage through a deeper understanding of the character and values of the founder of our nation. Our message today to the world is that the late Sheikh Zayed will remain in our hearts and souls.” -TradeArabia News Service