Architecture, Dubai, Memorial, Public art work, Sheikh Zayed memorial, UAE

UAE to build memorial for founder Sheikh Zayed featuring public artwork and landscaping

The UAE’s Ministry of Presidential Affairs plans to build a memorial commemorating the country’s founder, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Arabian Business reported.

The memorial will be officially opened in 2018 to coincide with the national Year of Zayed, as declared by UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the ministry announced on Monday.

The memorial, which is already under construction, will be located at the intersection of 1st and 2nd Street alongside the Abu Dhabi Corniche.

Spanning an area of 3.3 hectares, its centrepiece will be a monumental public artwork surrounded by a public plaza with local landscaping.

The nature and design of the public artwork will not be officially revealed until the inauguration of the memorial in 2018, the ministry added.

It is intended to celebrate and honour his dedication to the UAE and its people, and promote the values of tolerance, coexistence and equality, according to a statement on WAM.

Earlier this year, the UAE’s first Memorial Park celebrating martyred soldiers was unveiled in Abu Dhabi, with the overall design created by engineering firm AECOM.

At the heart of the park is a an impressive sculpture by British artist Idris Khan which makes up the main memorial.