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Wahat Al Karama

UAP collaborated with British artist, Idris Khan, to realize a monument as the centerpiece of the new United Arab Emirates (UAE) Memorial Park, ‘Wahat Al Karama’, in Abu Dhabi. Commissioned by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the memorial honors the members of the UAE Armed Forces and the sacrifices made in support of their country’s sovereignty, dignity and freedom.

Courtesy of Bureau Proberts

The centerpiece of ‘Wahat Al Karama’, meaning “the oasis of dignity”, is a 90-metre long monument comprised of 31 learning tablets which symbolize the support between soldiers, families, and citizens in the face of adversity. Clad with over 850 cast aluminum panels, sections of the tablets are sandblasted and stamped with poems by emirs of the UAE. The ‘Pavilion of Honour’ positioned at the end of the memorial journey was designed by Khan in collaboration with bureau^proberts. The internal walls of the pavilion are clad with over 2,700 plates cast from 11 tons of recycled aluminum sourced from decommissioned armored vehicles. The plates are embedded with names of UAE heroes whose lives have been lost in service.

Courtesy of Bureau Proberts

Idris Khan was selected for the project from a curation of international artists, where a strong cultural connection and understanding made his memorial the winning concept. UAP worked closely with Khan, from concept design to fabrication and installation, to translate his vision into this monumental work. The memorial was officially opened by the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi in November 2016, coinciding with the UAE’s inaugural Commemoration Day ceremony.

Courtesy of Bureau Proberts

Project Info
Architects: Bureau Proberts
Location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirate
Year: 2016
Type: Pavilion

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