Idris Khan major public art commission for the new Memorial Park in Abu Dhabi

The values of patriotism, loyalty and selflessness displayed by the sacrifice of the UAE’s national heroes have immortalized them in the collective memory of all Emiratis, including their leadership, said His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. 

The UAE Memorial symbolizes the ultimate sacrifice of our heroes, who have set for us the greatest example of giving and heroism, His Highness added. 

His Highness also stressed that the endless love, loyalty and sense of belonging that our heroes demonstrated will remain a source of pride and honour for not only their families but also the nation as a whole, and Emiratis will always cherish and commemorate with pride their heroism and sacrifices. 

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed stated this while approving the final design of the UAE Memorial, which will be constructed to coincide with Commemoration Day. The Memorial monument will comprise a series of massive metal panels, each supporting the next – signifying the support and strength between soldiers, families and citizens in the face of adversity. 

The monument’s design is by British artist Idris Khan and was selected from proposals submitted by three outstanding artists of international reputation. 

The monument will form the centerpiece of the Memorial Park, which will be a place of reflection, strength, pride, power, unity and eternity. The name of each hero will be individually honoured within the park. 

The Memorial Park will include a large plaza with terraced seating, public gardens and a pavilion for quiet contemplation; a unique reflective pool will mirror the nearby Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. The Memorial Park will also feature a visitor centre to promote understanding of the role of the UAE’s national heroes in serving and safeguarding the nation. 

The Martyrs' Families' Affairs Office (MFAO), which was founded to follow-up on the affairs of the families and children of the national heroes, and provide them with necessary support, will supervise the phases of work on the Memorial Park. 

The MFAO has launched a dedicated website for the Memorial: www.thememorial.ae where visitors may access information on the latest developments concerning the Memorial and read more about the UAE’s national heroes. Visitors will also be able to interact on the website through messages and other activities.

Posted 30 September 2016

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