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Founder’s Memorial inaugurated in Abu Dhabi

A permanent tribute to Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan inaugurated in Abu Dhabi

  • A view of the artwork at the centre of the Memorial Image Credit: Abdul Hamid Ahmad
  • Mohammad Bin Zayed and Shaikh Mohammad attend the inauguration of the Founder's MemorialImage Credit: Twitter / Dubai Media Office
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The Founder’s Memorial, a permanent tribute to Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, is being inaugurated in Abu Dhabi. Located at the intersection of first and second street along the Abu Dhabi Corniche, the Memorial has been built on a 3.3-hectare site.  Follow our live updates: 

 

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The memorial is all lit up on inauguration day

 

This monumental artwork is the centrepiece of the site and its unveiling marked the formal inauguration of the Memorial

His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, yesterday attended the inauguration of the Founder’s Memorial in Abu Dhabi. The memorial is dedicated to the late Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan coinciding with the Year of Zayed.


Another view of the artwork

Founder's Memorial

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Leaders attend opening of Founder’s Memorial in Abu Dhabi.

 

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The event kicks off with a musical performance 

 

Another video of the musical performance ahead of the inauguration

 

Performance at Zayed memorial

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Anticipation builds ahead of the unveiling of the Founder’s Memorial.

 
Where it is located

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Earlier report

The Founder’s Memorial, a permanent tribute to Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, will be inaugurated in Abu Dhabi on February 26.

Residents can watch the official inauguration ceremony on all major national TV channels. The event will also be live-streamed online and audiences can follow @FounderMemorial on Facebook and Instagram for details. The broadcast will begin at 9.30pm.

Located at the intersection of first and second street along the Abu Dhabi Corniche, the Founder’s Memorial has been built on a 3.3-hectare site that features a landscaped area with indigenous plants and shrubbery from the UAE and the Arabian Peninsula in keeping with Shaikh Zayed’s commitment to nurturing local flora and fauna. The space will also feature an elevated walkway with stunning views of the memorial’s central artwork, and beyond to the Abu Dhabi skyline.

At the Welcome Centre, rarely seen footage, personal stories, articles and artefacts will offer insights on Shaikh Zayed.

The Founder’s Memorial will be inaugurated through the unveiling of the monumental artwork, the centrepiece of the site, to coincide with the Year of Zayed, a national year of commemoration declared by the UAE President to mark Shaikh Zayed’s 100th birth anniversary.

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