Wahat Al Karama (Oasis of Dignity)

PrizeWinner in Architectural Design / Cultural Architecture
Firm LocationBrisbane, Australia
CompanyUAP (Urban Art Projects)
Lead ArchitectIdris Khan with bureau^proberts and UAP (Urban Art Projects)
Design TeamArtist – Idris Khan Architecture, Design – bureau^proberts Art Strategy, Design, Fabrication – UAP (Urban Art Projects) Engineering – Robert Bird Group Landscape and park master plan – AECOM
ClientCrown Prince Court Abu Dhabi UAE

This work exemplifies the power of fusion between art
and architecture in
a project that conveys purpose and emotion and creates
a place of
reflection, serenity and significance for its nation.

At the heart of Wahat Al Karama park is the MONUMENT
which serves as a unifying poetic moment despite its
monumentality. The complex structure is comprised of
31 aluminium vertical tablets, the largest soaring 23
metres in height. The tablets appear to gently rest on
each other symbolizing the united strength of the
seven nations of the UAE. It features Arabic poems and
quotes from both the late Sheikh Zayed Bin
Sultan Al Nahyan and Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al
Nahyan and entice the viewer to read, reflect and
touch the artwork, creating a personal relationship
with the Memorial.

The PAVILION OF HONOUR marks the end of the memorial
journey as a place of reflection and honour. The
circular structure is centered by seven standing glass
panels surrounded by a water feature, and 2,800
aluminium plates inscribed with the names of the UAE’s
heroes. As a collaboration of artist, curator and
architect it is a built expression of the artists
practice and the aspirations of the region for its