The name Wahat Al Karama literally translates to “oasis of dignity.” The site is a permanent tribute and war memorial to honor UAE’s martyred soldiers and other Emiratis who sacrificed their lives for the service of the nation. Wahat Al Karama is a place where HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s vision to immortalize the memories of the heroes of the country, comes to life. The massive expanse of the 46,000sqm wide monument is symbolically located between the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and the General Headquarters of the UAE Armed Forces, using 31 massive aluminium-clad tablets each leaning on the other, signifying the unity, solidarity and mutual support that bind together the leadership, the citizens and the servicemen and women who protect them.
The site, which includes the Memorial, the Memorial Plaza and the Pavilion of Honour, is engraved with the Pledge of Allegiance of the UAE Armed Forces and emblematically supports the other panels. The Pavilion of Honour boasts a roof constructed from eight slabs, seven symbolizing the emirates of the UAE while the eighth representing the fallen national heroes. Two passages from the Quran are also inscribed in the Pavilion where the first verse is engraved on the right side of the entrance, and the second adorns the back wall above the panel, carrying the names of the martyrs, directly above the glass sculpture facing the entrance.
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