Muttrah Square Wins First Place at Belarab Bin Haitham Award for Architectural Design

Increases the value of the place, with an iconic bridge in the middle, the design of which was inspired by the sword of Imam Al-Salt bin Malik

“The Foundation Monument” wins second place and “Oman’s Future Pavilion” wins third

Aman: His Highness Sayyid Belarab bin Haitham Al Said tonight crowned the winners of the Belarab bin Haitham Prize for Architectural Design in its first edition, which was won in first place by the “Maidan Muttrah” project for Ahmed bin Muhammad Al Jahdami , Omaima bint. Mahmoud Al Hana’i, and Abdullah bin Saleh Al Bahri, and the winning first place project enhances the value of Muttrah with its unique monuments, where an iconic bridge is designed in the shape of a bird over the sea in the middle of the square, which was inspired by the sword of Imam Al Salt bin Malik Al Kharusi. The bridge frames the famous Muttrah monuments in a photo. Jumping fountain, retail shops and cafes, with lights that match the waves of the sea.

Nasser bin Salam Al-Himli’s “Memorial Monument” project won second place. His project reflects the deep human experience in the Sultanate of Oman in its details and amazement, as the project embodies a path that redraws the future and change in the concept of community. space in the Sultanate of Oman.

Third place was won by the “Oman Future Pavilion” project by Tahira bint Mohammed Al Busafiya. The project reflects a space that explores future opportunities to establish a prominent presence for the Sultanate of Oman on the next map. The project integrates elements of history and the future to highlight the initiatives and future plans of the Sultanate of Oman with a deep and solid understanding of our heritage and history. Lying at the roots of history.

The closing ceremony was held tonight at the Royal Opera House in Muscat, where in addition to announcing the winning projects in the first three places, the winners were honored with the award shields that were handed out to the first. time at the price level in the Arab world in digital copies using the technology of “irreplaceable codes.” “Universally known as NFT”.

Upon the arrival of His Highness Sayyid Belarab bin Haitham Al Said, the occasional sponsor, His Highness was informed of the accompanying exhibition, which included a review of ten projects qualified for the finalists. The ceremony also included a visual overview of ten projects and their facilities and services.

Engineer Fouad bin Abdullah Al Kindi, chairman of the jury, delivered a speech by the committee, in which he stressed that the award constitutes a fundamental catalyst and a strong motivator for architects, designers, engineers and others, as it produced inspiring and creative ideas. designs that confirmed the prudence of the philosophy and pricing objectives.

He added: The strong enthusiasm and hidden skills of young men and women to play their part in shaping the future of their country was the impetus for the extraordinary turnout, despite time constraints.

The ceremony included interviews for participants, in addition to a final award-winning film, followed by a review of the three awards, which were first projected at the price level in the Arab world with “irreplaceable tokens” technology. known globally as NFT.

Jury members

The competition jury included Engineer Fouad bin Abdullah Al Kindi as Chairman and Dr. Alia bint Abdul Sattar Al Hashem as Vice President, and the membership of engineer Sultan bin Hamdoun Al Harthy, engineer Hamad bin Nasser Al Hinai and engineer Saif bin Ali Al Hinai. .

Price stages

The first award cycle aimed at a specific location in the Al Mina neighborhood of Muttrah’s Wilayat district in Muscat Governorate, overlooking the coast with a total area of ​​7,500 square meters, to create a vital landmark embodying the fifty years of the Sultanate renaissance of Oman under the leadership of the late Sultan Qaboos bin Said, may God bless his soul. And he envisions the aspirations of the vision of Oman 2040 under the leadership of His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tariq – God bless him – and the official announcement of the award was made on January 15 earlier this year, then a few days later the field was opened for participation, after interaction by the target audience began. By submitting their works and proposals, the award office was inclined during that period to communicate with the applicants who submitted incomplete works, in order to meet the requirements set out in the price terms so as not to miss the opportunity for them. was taken from the end of the submission period of three hundred and fifty-six entries completed, complies with the conditions, while a number of entries that were inconsistent with the price terms were excluded, and the entries received underwent a full evaluation and examination comprehensive by the jury that I worked over the following days to study these entries and to evaluate them technically in accordance with the award objectives, in addition to the conditions that were approved for this, after which it was announced that ten projects submitted by nineteen young men and women qualified for the final qualifying stage, five of them participated individually, while the collective teams included k eleven participants.

The finalists, in a lively discussion before the jury, reviewed their detailed presentations about their projects from all technical, engineering and feasibility aspects, on 27 and 28 February at the Exhibition Hall at Sultan Qaboos University.

These presentations and accompanying discussions were complemented by discussions and other evaluation meetings of the jury, during which the submitted projects were reviewed in all their aspects with the aim of reaching the top three projects that culminated in the three countries for yesterday’s award. . evening.

The entries submitted for the first round of the award were varied, as participants presented numerous concepts and designs for architectural monuments, some of which were models and buildings inspired by Omani culture, instead of tourist attractions and commercial buildings inspired by some dictionaries of Oman history. , in addition to parks and open commercial markets equipped with various facilities.

It is worth noting that the deadline for submission of final projects for the ten eligible projects expired on March 12, when the award provided for the designs to be submitted in high-resolution A1 size technical drawings, in addition to a video clip that includes animations. in relation to the project and its technical and construction details, as well as the architectural components contained in the project, taking into account the notes that participants took at the initial stage of consideration when presenting direct presentations to the jury, which was held on 27 February and 28 in the Exhibition Hall at Sultan Qaboos University in the presence of His Highness Sayyid Belarab bin Haitham Al Said.

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