“The Power of Words” sculpture by Emirati artist, Mattar Bin Lahej.
Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
Qasr Al Watan is home to three 'Power of Words' sculptural masterpieces. They are unique to the Palace of the Nation. These art pieces are in different colors and sizes, are a true testament to traditional Arabian craftsmanship and artistry.
Designed and crafted by the renowned Emirati artist, Mattar Bin Lahej, the Power of Words installations represent part of the legacy laid down by the UAE’s late founding father. Each sculpture features an interlaced inscription from an Arabic quote attributed to the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
The original Power of Words sculpture located inside the Palace features the following quote: “Wealth is not money or oil; wealth lies in people and it is worthless if not dedicated to serving the people.”
In addition to the spectacular piece of art which sits inside Qasr Al Watan, sunlight can be seen glinting off the reflective surfaces of two silver sculptures located in the garden, representing two more of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan’s quotes. The two sculptures are smaller versions of the Power of Words sculpture housed within the halls of the Palace.
The first quote reads: “Science and history walk side by side. By using science, man can record his history and preserve it for generations to come, so others may learn from it and come to know what their ancestors achieved.”
The second quote reads: “The education of our people is a great wealth. We are proud of our educated nation because through knowledge and science we will open the horizon to a glorious future.”
The original Power of Words sculpture located inside the Palace weighs six tons, while the two other sculptures on display in the Gardens are slightly smaller and weigh four tons each. The sculptures were designed for visitors to step inside and discover the masterpieces from a different perspective.
About Qasr Al Watan:
Qasr Al Watan is a cultural landmark housed within the Presidential Palace compound in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. At Qasr Al Watan, visitors will gain a deeper understanding of the UAE’s governing traditions and values by exploring a well-preserved legacy of knowledge and tradition.
Visitors will have the opportunity to discover the majestic hallways of the Palace of the Nation, as they delve into a world of fascinating exhibitions, artifacts, and architecture.
As part of the all-encompassing visitor experience, the Palace in Motion light and sound show, a visual representation of the national journey of the United Arab Emirates, takes place on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings.
The Palace also houses the Qasr Al Watan Library, where visitors can explore a vast collection of books and resources on the UAE’s political, social, and cultural history.
In 2020, Qasr Al Watan was recognised by MENALAC as the ‘Best Unique Visitor Attraction’ and was also named 'Middle East's Leading Cultural Tourist Attraction' by the World Travel Awards. The Palace was also named ‘Best Favorite Attraction’ by the Pride of Abu Dhabi Awards in 2019.
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