The Founder’s Memorial, a permanent national tribute to the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, will be inaugurated on Monday, in an official ceremony in Abu Dhabi, Arabian Business reported.
The Founder’s Memorial will be inaugurated through the unveiling of the monumental artwork, the centerpiece of the site, to coincide with the Year of Zayed, a national year of commemoration declared by the UAE President to mark 100 years since the birth of Sheikh Zayed.
Opening to the public in spring 2018, The Founder’s Memorial will offer visitors a range of personal encounters with the late Sheikh Zayed as a man and a leader, enabling people to gain a deeper understanding of his life, legacy and values.
The landscaped site will feature native plants and shrubbery from the UAE and the Arabian Peninsula, in keeping with Sheikh Zayed’s commitment to nurturing local flora and fauna. The space will also feature an elevated walkway with views of the memorial’s central artwork, and beyond to the Abu Dhabi skyline.
It will feature rarely-seen footage, personal stories, articles and artefacts.
The memorial will be located at the intersection of first and second street along Abu Dhabi’s Corniche and cover an area of 3.3 hectares.