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Founder's Memorial UAE 2018

A New Memorial Is Coming to Abu Dhabi and You Can See it Next Week

Now that the Year of Giving has come to an end, the UAE has ushered in 2018, or the Year of Zayed.

The aim of this year's theme is to honor the nation's founding father throughout the year that he would have turned 100, and the festivities kicked off on New Year's Eve with a laser light show at the Burj Khalifa that paid tribute to the late leader.

While throughout the year, the aim will be to introduce people to the vision of Sheikh Zayed as well as the history of the nation, a new monument in Abu Dhabi will ensure that the Sheikh's legacy lasts longer than through this year of remembrance.

Aptly named "The Founder's Memorial," a permanent tribute to Sheikh Zayed is set to be erected in Abu Dhabi at the intersection of first and second street, along the city's Corniche.

The memorial will house rarely-seen footage, as well as personal stories and artifacts relating to the Founding Father, The National reports.

It will take up 3.3 hectares, and will be surrounded by plants native to the UAE and the Arabian Peninsula--a nod to Sheikh Zayed's commitment to protecting local flora and fauna.

At a ceremony announcing the memorial, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed said, "[the name] Zayed is engraved with the letters made from light in the hearts of millions and has won the respect of the world for his wisdom."

Now, a date for the memorial's official inauguration has been announced, and The Founder's Memorial will be unveiled on Monday, February 26, during an official ceremony in Abu Dhabi.

The ceremony will be broadcast on all major national TV channels, and you can also stream the event online. Follow @FounderMemorial on Facebook and Instagram for more information. The broadcast begins at 9:30p.m.

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