Diyar Al Muharraq, the largest real estate development company in the Kingdom of Bahrain, announced the end of the submission period for its competition to design an architectural landmark, which ran from September 13 to November 10, 2022. The Competition called on all creatives to present their innovative designs for the inaugural architectural landmark, which will be built at the main entrance of Diyar Al Muharraq.
The competition witnessed a wide turnout with Diyar Al Muharraq receiving more than 1500 of inquiries and more than 245 entries from different countries around the world. Besides the vast number of participants that submitted their entries from the GCC, namely from Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates; a host of other contestants participated from Arab countries, including Jordan, Egypt, Palestine, Iraq, Yemen, and Syria. A number of participations also emerged from Asian countries, in the likes of China, Japan, India, Pakistan, Taiwan, Thailand and Iran, in addition several countries from Europe including Britain, Germany, Spain, Turkey and Ukraine, in addition to key submissions from the United States of America.
Diyar Al Muharraq launched the competition with the aim of fostering a spirit of creativity and innovation, providing the golden opportunity for creatives specialized in design and architecture to put their skills into practice by designing a unique architectural landmark. The participants were challenged to create a design that reflects the key pillars of authentic Bahraini culture, and also incorporate Diyar’s unique blend of traditional and contemporary architecture. Another key deliverable of the competition challenged participants to submit a design that embodied the environmentally-friendly and sustainable nature of Diyar Al Muharraq as a project and reflect the City’s vision of creating a fully-integrated township, in so that the monument would emerge as a vital up-and-coming design landmark within the Kingdom of Bahrain.
The designs will be evaluated by key representatives from Diyar Al Muharraq, after which all shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by a panel of judges. Upon completion of the evaluation process, Diyar Al Muharraq will announce the names of the winners of the competition, where the first-place winner will receive US$ 50,000, the second-place winner will receive US$ 20,000 and finally, the third-place winner will receive US$ 10,000, and 10 winners will receive an accolade of being honorably mentioned.