In mem­ory

The first Me­mo­rial Park for the UAE is a tribute to heroes who have made the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice in armed con­flict.

Identity - - PORTFOLIO - TEXT: STEVE HILL

The first Me­mo­rial Park for the UAE fea­tures a mon­u­ment de­signed by Bri­tish artist Idris Khan that com­mem­o­rates the coun­try’s war dead.

His creation is lo­cated at the heart of Abu Dhabi’s Wa­hat Al Karama, a 46,000-square me­tre site be­tween the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and the head­quar­ters of the Armed Forces of the UAE.

It com­prises 31 alu­minium tablets – the tallest of which is 23 me­tres – that lean on each other to rep­re­sent uni­fied strength, power and pride among soldiers, loved ones and their coun­try.

The tablets fea­ture a se­ries of Ara­bic poems and quo­ta­tions from the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sul­tan Al Nahyan and Sheikh Mo­hammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

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