(MENAFN - ITC Media) Abu Dhabi on Sunday, July 18, 2021 – “We preserve the past, maintain the present and build the future.” This is one of the sayings of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan that has been followed. It reflects a journey that is full of accomplishments; economically, socially, culturally and scientifically. These achievements embody a comprehensive development movement that derives its strength from the authenticity of the past and continues in this path by the guidance of our wise government; following in the footsteps of the founding fathers in serving our country that has placed us, its people, as the happiest people in the world.
The late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan encouraged the communication between different cultures and preserving the heritage. Based on this, the Integrated Transport Centre (ITC) of the Department of Municipalities and Transport launched an initiative to create portraits of the late Sheikh Zayed, H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and H.H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. The artworks are made out of coins from 88 countries. It is a representation of the social and cultural harmony between the UAE and other countries in addition to the values of openness and tolerance that were encouraged by him.
The idea of the artwork stems from the change of behaviour and the impact of technology on our daily life. Hafilat Smart Card payment was established in 2013. Prior to that, coins were used to pay for the fares by the public including tourists who used coins from other countries.
The artwork expresses love and gratitude to the UAE and its leaders who built the country on the foundations of tolerance and made it a role model. This initiative comes in celebration of the Year of the Fiftieth and was created by the Arab artist, Osama Sbeata, who holds Guinness World Record for the largest sand painting.
The art work is an indication of this transform in behaviour and the development in Abu Dhabi in all sectors especially in the transport sector.
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