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UAE rulers gather to unveil Founder’s Memorial in latest nation-building move

The rulers of four emirates and the de facto ruler of the wealthiest gathered on the Abu Dhabi corniche on 26 February for the official unveiling of a memorial to the late President Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al-Nahyan. Known as the Founder’s Memorial, it is the latest chapter in the ‘Year of Zayed’, which is being held to mark the centenary of Sheikh Zayed’s birth.Local analysts said it was another sign of how the federation’s ruling families were striving hard to imbue a sense of patriotism in Emiratis.

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