UAE leaders unveil Founder’s Memorial a permanent national tribute commemorating the late His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan … reports Asian Lite News.
The Founder’s Memorial, a permanent national tribute commemorating the late His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, was inaugurated in an official ceremony today under the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, by the rulers of various emirates.
The Founder’s Memorial inauguration, through the unveiling of ‘The Constellation’, the monumental artwork that forms its centrepiece, coincides with the national Year of Zayed initiative, declared by H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed to mark 100 years since the birth of Sheikh Zayed.
Located at the heart of The Founder’s Memorial, the monumental artwork by public artist Ralph Helmick depicts a dynamic three-dimensional portrait of Sheikh Zayed, and can be experienced differently from multiple viewing points around the memorial and from other vantage points, offering a series of infinitely evolving personal encounters with his image.
The Constellation is made up of more than 1,300 geometric shapes suspended on more than 1,000 cables. At night, these shapes shine like stars, evoking the timelessness of Sheikh Zayed’s vision as a guiding light for the UAE people.
A moving tribute to Sheikh Zayed, the man and the leader, the 30-minute ceremony created an atmosphere of great pride and joy.
The ceremony took place in the presence of members of the UAE’s royal families, ministers, dignitaries and VIPs, who gathered at the site on the Abu Dhabi Corniche in celebration of UAE’s Founding Father and his vast influence on his country and the wider world, while members of the public across the country and the region watched the poignant occasion on TV and online. It included a performance featuring a 40-strong choir performing Allah Ya Dar Zayed, as well as beautiful new arrangements of other traditional songs and music, and a touching compilation of Sheikh Zayed’s performances of the traditional Ayala dance.
The Rulers of the UAE also expressed great pride in the national, humanitarian and civilisational legacy of the late Sheikh Zayed. The glittering legacy can be glimpsed in the UAE’s impressive development and its proud record. The people of the UAE and its leadership remain proud of the founder of the Union and will embrace his love, generation after generation.
When The Founder’s Memorial opens to the public in Spring 2018, it will include a dynamic, informative and inspirational visitor experience.
A place to learn about Sheikh Zayed through art, landscape, words, stories and multimedia experiences. 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 site will open up 3.3 hectares of pristine public space to the UAE community for walking and quiet reflection, featuring landscaped areas planted with trees and shrubs indigenous to the UAE and the Arabian Peninsula, and an elevated walkway that will offer captivating views of The Constellation, The Corniche and the Abu Dhabi skyline.
The Ministry of Presidential Affairs is the official authority that owns and supervises the Founder’s Memorial.