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Wahat Al Karama memorial to open for public

ABU DHABI // The memorial site dedicated to honouring UAE’s heroes will be open to the public for the first time on Tuesday.

Visitors will now be able to explore Wahat Al Karama’s more than 46,000 square metres from 9am to 7pm every day – excluding national occasions, special events and visits from official delegations.

Twice a day the memorial will feature guide-accompanied tours, one at 10am and another at 5pm, and a ceremony by Honour Guards from the Armed Forces, in the morning and afternoon.

Sheikh Khalifa bin Tahnoon, director of the Martyrs’ Families’ Affairs Office, said the recently inaugurated memorial is a national and cultural landmark that immortalises the sacrifices made by the UAE’s heroes.

“Wahat Al Karama embodies the values of unity, solidarity and synergy between the leadership and the people that are so deeply embedded into the culture of the UAE,” said Sheikh Khalifa bin Tahnoon.

Guests can now marvel up close at the memorial’s most eminent feature – the 31 towering aluminium-clad panels leaning on each other – and walk around the memorial plaza’s shallow pool reflecting the panels as well as the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque located across the street.

Visitors will also be able to read the names of the fallen on the internal wall of the pavilion of honour where they are engraved on aluminium plates made of reclaimed materials from armoured vehicles used in service.

Comprising of eight slabs, the pavilion’s roof symbolises the unity of the seven emirates and the country’s heroes.

Following Wahat Al Karama’s inauguration on Commemoration Day last Wednesday, which featured the UAE leaders honouring the country’s heroes and their attending relatives, the site has been visited by other countries’ leaders, including Yemeni president Abdrabu Mansur Hadi and Egyptian president Abdel Fattah El Sisi.

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