ABU DHABI: Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah paid a visit to Wahat Al-Karama, a memorial to United Arab Emirates’ fallen heroes.
His Majesty spent about 30 minutes late Thursday evening at the site that was built in 2016 as a permanent tribute and war memorial to honour UAE’s martyred soldiers and other Emiratis who sacrificed their lives for the nation.
The tour began with Sultan Abdullah and executive director of the Martyr Office, Sheikh Khalifa bin Tahnon Alnahyan, walking through a guard of honour involving about 20 UAE military personnel.
The King then touched a wreath with both hands before a one-minute silence as a mark of respect to the fallen heroes.
Sheikh Khalifa then guided the tour and talked about the monument, known in English as the Oasis of Dignity.
Sultan Abdullah also signed the guest book upon leaving the memorial site.
Present were Malaysian Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Marzuki Yahya, Malaysian ambassador to the UAE Datuk Syed Md Hasrin Tengku Hussin and Consul-General in Dubai Datuk Yubazlan Yusof.
The massive expanse of the 46,000sqm 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.
Earlier, the King received an audience from UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in a closed-door meeting that was held at Emirates Palace.
Sultan Abdullah arrived in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.
In a statement earlier, Wisma Putra said the visit of His Majesty to the UAE symbolised the warm and close bilateral relations between the two countries.
This is Sultan Abdullah’s first visit to the UAE after taking oath as Yang di-Pertuan Agong on Jan 31. — Bernama