Competition introduction

Competition organisers

Mega Dunes Eco 
Lodges - Abu Dhabi

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Mega Dunes Eco 
Lodges - Abu Dhabi

The Arabian Oryx is a medium-sized antelope that is native to the Middle East. It has long, straight horns, a tufted tail and a distinct shoulder bump, and it is the smallest member of the genus Oryx. Native to desert and steppe areas of the Arabian Peninsula, the Arabian Oryx was considered extinct in the wild at the start of the 1970s.

However, a number of breeding programs in zoos and private reserves meant that Arabian Oryx numbers slowly increased, and they were reintroduced into the wild from 1980. As of 2009, there are a number of Arabian Oryx living in Oman, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Jordan, yet the species is still listed as vulnerable.


The Arabian Oryx was considered extinct in the wild at the start of the 1970s; © Ahmed AlDhaheri
Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates, and is home to rich, natural biodiversity which includes a number of unique desert-dwelling species that cannot be found anywhere else in the world, including the Arabian Oryx. The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) is one of the driving forces behind efforts to maintain the emirate’s dwindling natural population, setting up and maintaining a number of environmentally protected areas.


Abu Dhabi - Capital of the United Arab Emirates; 
Established in 2018, the “Sheikh Zayed Protected Areas Network” consists of 13 terrestrial protected areas and covers over 15% of Abu Dhabi’s territory. The Qasar Al Sarab Protected Area covers 1304 square kilometers in which the Arabian Oryx roams freely; and the Arabian Oryx Protected Area, which covers 5975 square kilometers, is home to the largest population of Arabian Oryx in the world.


© Ahmed AlDhaheri

In order to maintain public interest in these amazing creatures, and allow the public to view them up close, the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) are looking to create a series of sustainable visitor lodges that can be positioned throughout the protected area. The key design feature would need to be sustainability, in such sensitive natural environments, the visitor lodges must not have a negative impact on the environment of the protected areas or any species living within.

The Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) is interested in constructing approximately 25 units within their protected areas, as such winning designs will need to involve creative solutions for construction and operation within these delicate environments, while at the same time providing an exciting and comfortable experience for visitors.

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Competition is open to all. No professional qualification is required. Design proposals can be developed individually or by teams (4 team members maximum). Correspondence with organizers must be conducted in English; All information submitted by participants must be in English

Full competition brief

All information can be downloaded as often as required; no additional information or material will be provided after registration. 

(FULL COMPETITION BRIEF updated: March 16 - "Competition Schedule")

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Prizes

US $7,000 + CONSTRUCTION
Total Prize Fund
1st PRIZE
US $3,000
Publications
Certificate of Achievement
2nd PRIZE
US $1,500
Publications
Certificate of Achievement
3rd PRIZE
US $500
Publications
Certificate of Achievement
The Client's Favorite
US $1,000
Publications
Certificate of Achievement
BB STUDENT AWARD (more details)
US $500  
Publications
Certificate of Achievement
BB GREEN AWARD (more details)
US $500  
Publications
Certificate of Achievement
+ 6 HONOURABLE MENTIONS


PUBLICATIONS:


The winners will get international art and design media coverage and will be featured on the Bee Breeders website and social pages

CERTIFICATE:

Bee Breeders will also acknowledge the outstanding performance of all winners and honourable mentions with Certificates of Achievement.

Jury panel

Jury members shall under no circumstances be contacted by competition participants or their representatives. Participants who attempt to contact jury members, shall be disqualified. 


All communication regarding the competition should only be carried out with Bee Breeders staff. For any questions please contact us on [email protected]

 

FULL JURY PANEL AVAILABLE HERE

Key dates

Closing date for registration

01 June, 2020

Closing date for project submission

10 July, 2020 (11:59pm GMT+0)

Announcement of the winners

02 August, 2020

Registration fees

  • Registration Deadline
    29 February - 01 June
  • Architects / Enthusiasts / Companies
    US $110
  • Students
    US $90
+21% VAT



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F.A.Q.

Competition related questions

The proposed designs should be versatile enough to be replicated at different locations across the protected area.
Underground construction is not recommended.

General questions

Click on "register now", fill in all the required fields, choose your payment method and submit your information. You will be forwarded to Paypal or CPS secure payment gateway, to cover the competition fee. Once we receive your payment, we'll send you an email with your username and password to upload your submission directly to the website.
You can add/remove/edit team member information as often as you want in the upload panel, up until the submission deadline.
Only one proposal per registration is permitted. Participants are entitled to register multiple times if they wish to participate in the competition with several proposals.
Yes we are in the process of negotiating with multiple international industry-related media representatives. The list of media partners is constantly updated on our website, please check it regularly to find latest updates.
Yes. Each project is eligible to win multiple prizes.
No. Competition entries are evaluated anonymously. The participant registration type is only revealed upon the announcement of the results.
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