Wahat Al Karama (Oasis of Dignity)

Wahat Al Karama (Oasis of Dignity)

Wahat Al Karama (Oasis of Dignity)
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Wahat Al Karama - honor the Emirati heroes who sacrificed their lives in the service of their country. The memorial itself: The centerpiece of Wahat Al karama, made by “Idris Khan” British artist. The visitor center: consists of four different galleries, each holding a different activity. Wahat Al Karama is open to the public daily from 9am to 10pm and it is free of charge.
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Bob A
Stockport, UK429 contributions
Opposite the front of the main mosque in Abu Dhabi is the memorial to UAE citizens who have died serving their country and those people are treated. It’s known in English as the Oasis of Dignity.

At the entrance is a small visitor centre with basic explanations of where members of the military have served. Some is in English. There is also an explanation of how the memorial was designed and what it signifies. It’s well worth taking time to look over this as you’ll pick up lots of significance from the date it was inaugurated through to why there is water there and what the engravings all mean.

You then walk out into the amphitheatre for presentations services which has amazing views over to the mosque and then to the two main parts of the memorial. The first one is a huge series of concrete structures all interlinked and with Arabic engravings on linked to those who have died. They are clad in aluminium and have a dark grey colour to them There are landscaped walkways and some garden areas which then lead down to a small memorial hall with water feature which lists the names and the locations of all those who have died. There is plenty of shade around and there are also some toilets.

It’s well worth taking some time out to have a walk around and of course you get great views of the mosque from the amphitheatre. There is free parking and it is also the stop after the mosque on the Big Red Bus Tour which comes around every thirty minutes. It’s really quiet with hardly anyone visiting so welcome relief after the tourists at the mosque.
Written February 6, 2020
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intothefringe
Birmingham, UK159 contributions
This monument was designed by a Brit who has done an amazing job producing a holistic space with many parts that work harmoniously together. There is a museum/building with an educational centre, a pool of reflection, the monument itself representing the 7 Emirates reliant on each other. The metaphor of brothers in arms supporting each other. There is also a Hall of Memory with everybody's name and wherever you look there is something intriguing to discover. This is a great monument as good as the Sheikh Zayed mosque but for completely different reasons.
Written March 19, 2020
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Faith
Quezon City, Philippines23 contributions
Love that Wahat Al Karama is not visited by many. Love the tranquility of the place, especially, the use of several water effects--pool, whirlpool, stream--from end to end of the place. The semi-indoor area where the names of UAE heroes are featured is beautifully designed, one that gives honor/special attention to the names of the heroes. The area where an amphitheater with a shallow pool/film of water is located is the best place to take a picture of the facade of the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, especially in the afternoon--the effect is that the film of water is the foreground while the Mosque is at the midground.
Written February 23, 2020
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bernbom
Hoersholm, Denmark169 contributions
Family
You will get a fantastic view to the mosque over the mirror pond and the highway.

The memorial is dedicated to the UAE soldiers who died in service. The visitor centre displays a small, patriotic exhibition and the memorial consists of various areas, which all are very well designed and architectural beauties. It’s a short walk 250 meters each way. Entrance and parking is free. No need to arrange this with a tour provider. It can easily be done by your self.
Written October 16, 2019
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karendak
Sheffield, UK83 contributions
This is a truly beautiful and peaceful place. The structures and memorials are tastefully done,coming here to pay respect to those who have lost their lives you are rewarded with a feeling of peace and serenity
Written November 1, 2019
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Emirati Vacationer
London, UK227 contributions
Friends
You dont need to go with a tour. This place is such a beautiful place in memory of the people who sacrificed their life for the uae.
Written August 23, 2019
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Waza28
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates1,073 contributions
Couples
A unique architectural designed War Memorial in Abu Dhabi.
Wahat Al Karama known as Oasis of Dignity is a monumental for our fallen heroes. Located opposite Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. This memorial is dedicated to the Emirati soldiers who have sacrificed for the UAE. 
Designed by Idris Khan a
British artist. 30th November is known as Commemoration Day. Family members gather together to honor the fallen soldiers.
Written July 21, 2022
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Abdulla E
Sugar Land, TX46 contributions
At Wahat Al Karama the names of the fallen heroes are engraved on huge plates as much as engraved in the hearts of the UAE people, Nationals as well as residents.
It's to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice which is their lives for the security and prosperity of their homeland.
Written November 9, 2019
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Helena5731969
Pretoria, South Africa96 contributions
A place to be quiet, to come and pay respect to those who gave their lives in the service of their country. As a visitor to Abu Dhabi, this was the only place where I experienced some patriotism, not an effort to outdo the neighbours.
Written November 5, 2019
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Jefy
Chester, UK52 contributions
Couples
Very understated and almost empty of visitors, but really beautiful memorial to fallen soldiers. On Mondays and Fridays there is a small ceremony at 5pm.
The most stunning views of the Grand Mosque, especially at night time.
Not to be missed if you are staying in the Ritz Carlton given it's literally just outside the entrance to the hotel
Written March 22, 2019
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