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Emirati
Futurism Award

A national design competition to re-imagine what the future looks like, under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairperson of the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority and member of Dubai Council

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About the competition:

Images of the future often look like they are disconnected from the past. What would the future look like if it was grounded in the values, style, and culture of a specific place? What would the future look like if it was made in the UAE?

This competition explores the intersection of Emirati tradition with high technology, imagining a new aesthetic that can inspire, guide, and empower a new generation of designers, artists & entrepreneurs.

There is no right answer, especially in a place as diverse as the UAE. What is your interpretation of what the future would look like?

Competition objectives:

The Award aims to develop a unique take on the future highlighting the characteristics, style and traditions of the UAE.

Categories:

  • Architecture & Urbanism
  • Fashion & Jewelry
  • Product & Industrial design
  • Photography & Graphic design
  • Film & Animation
  • Music & Performing Arts
  • Fine Arts

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Awards:*

First prize

  • 15,000 AED
  • Internship with various organizations
  • Promotion & inclusion in award ceremony & associated media.
  • Work space and membership to AREA 2071
  • Retail and exhibition opportunities in the Museum of the Future (if applicable)

Second prize

  • 10,000 AED
  • Internship with various organizations
  • Promotion & inclusion in award ceremony & associated media.
  • Work space and membership to AREA 2071
  • Retail and exhibition opportunities in the Museum of the Future (if applicable)

Honorable mention

  • Promotion & inclusion in award ceremony & associated media.
  • Work space and membership to AREA 2071
  • Retail and exhibition opportunities in the Museum of the Future (if applicable)

Important dates:

  • Open for submissions: 17th Jan 2021
  • Submissions close: 28th May 2021
  • Winner announcements: TBC

Who can participate and how?

  • To participate click on the link of your chosen category, fill in the application form and submit your work.

General Conditions:

  • Participation is open for all citizens and residents of the UAE if submitting as an individual. If participating as a team, a minimum of one member of the team must be a citizen or resident of the UAE.
  • If your submission is shortlisted, you will be asked to provide a valid Emirates ID for confirmation of eligibility. If your submission is made as part of a team, one member of the team will be asked to provide a valid Emirates ID for confirmation and eligibility.
  • You can submit as many entries as you would like.
  • Plagiarism or inappropriate submissions will result in automatic disqualification.

FAQ:*

Who can participate?
Anyone in the UAE can submit ideas, proposals or concepts.

Is it only open for Emiratis?
No, it is open to anyone with a valid Emirates ID and a great idea.

What are the categories?
There are 7 categories:

  • Architecture & Urbanism
  • Fashion & Jewelry
  • Product & Industrial design
  • Photography & Graphic design
  • Film & Animation
  • Music & Performing Arts
  • Fine Arts

Can companies participate?
Yes, you can submit as a group, an office, a team or as an individual, subject to a minimum of one member of each team to be a current resident of the UAE.

How do we submit?
Click the “Apply Now” link for the category you want to apply for. Submit your idea and you’re in! Terms and Conditions apply.

What format is required?
All submissions are digital images, drawings, animations or sounds.

What is the deadline?
28th May 2021

What are the judging criteria?
Submission will be scored based on the criteria:
Innovation: How original, creative and clever was the submission? Does it conceptually deliver on the challenge theme?
Presentation: How well executed was the submission, from a technical / quality point of view?
Values: Does the submission build on, respond to, or reference the heritage and experience of the UAE?

Who are the judges?
Each category will have its own group of unique judges. They will be announced soon. Stay tuned!

When will the winners be announced?
Winners will be announced during the award ceremony at a date to be confirmed in due course by us due to public health conditions.