The founder's memorial

PROJECT SCOPE: Permanent national tribute for the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Public Park with elevated walkway around the sanctuary garden, Pavilion housing the artwork, Entry Portals, and Welcome Center.


PROJECT TEAM: Meinhardt (Engineers),WAHO(Landscape), Helmick Sculpture (Artist), DPA (Lighting)


OWNER: Ministry of PresidentialAffairs


SERVICES: Architect of Record in association with Meinhardt Group Architectural Design | Interior Design | Construction Site Supervision


COMPLETED: April 2018


PHOTO CREDIT: Alex Jeffries

The Ministry of Presidential Affairs established a  permanent tribute, a monumental artwork to honor  the founding father and first president of the nation, the late Sheikh  Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

The artwork publicly named as “The Constellation”  designed by Ralph Helmick (Helmick Sculpture),  consists of 1,110 stainless steel cables to hold 1,327  platonic solid geometric shapes, weighing 250 tons.

The total built up area of the project development  is 510,155 Sq.Ft. including the Pavilion building  which supports the artwork and is approximately  100 feet tall (30 meters), plaza area with 239,920 Sq.Ft., Sanctuary Garden, Heritage Garden, Elevated  Walkway, and the Welcome Center which showcases  the history and photos of the late Sheikh Zayed.