A monument to the UAE’s late leader, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, is set to open to the public in the coming weeks.
The free-to-visit monument will be open daily from 9am to 10pm inviting residents and international visitors to learn more about the UAE’s founding father and the Bedouin way of life.
The centrepiece of the 3.3 hectare monument is ‘The Constellation’, a huge artwork designed by Ralph Hemlock, which offers a three-dimensional portrait of Sheikh Zayed using 1,327 geometric shapes illuminated by more than 2,000 lights.
HE Yousef Al Obaidli, general manager of The Founder’s Memorial, said: “Great nations value their leaders, and this is what we have done by establishing The Founder’s Memorial.
“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’.”
“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.”
For more information, visit: thefoundersmemorial.ae