The largest UAE map – made with half-a-million fingerprints – will mark the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the formation of Abu Dhabi Police.
The map – which will be shaped by the fingerprints of residents and visitors – will go on display at Abu Dhabi’s Corniche next month.
To achieve this feat, billboards with inkpads will be erected across the emirate to allow people to print their fingerprints.
The billboards will be removed and the fingerprints collaged together onto the giant map once half-a-million prints have been collected.
It will be erected near the largest portrait of the late Sheikh Zayed painted by Abu Dhabi’s promi nent artist Liaqat Ali Khan.
The decision to create the map – which will be located opposite the Hilton Hotel in the popular Corniche area – was made during a recent meeting of the Higher Organising Committee for Abu Dhabi Police Golden Jubilee Anniversary.
The committee is headed by Major General Khaleel Dawood Badran, General Director for Finance and Services.
“The idea to draw a map with half-a-million fingerprints is to assure greater public participation in the celebrations,” an Abu Dhabi Police spokesperson revealed. Meanwhile, amateur photographers will be asked to send in their best photographs of Abu Dhabi landmarks as well as human portraits for an exclusive exhibition to tie in with the celebrations.
November 1 will be the launch day for the celebrations and the official opening ceremony – to be attended by VIPs and top officials – will be held at Emirates Palace.