traffic design gallery Dubai launches design competition


Dubai’s first design gallery- traffic have launched a new regional design competition which is open to designers of Middle Eastern origin and designers residing in the Middle East. Founder Rami Farook has roped in rock stars of design world such as Karim Rashid, Konstantin Grcic and Dubai’s super talented architect Khalid Al Najjar, founder of DXB Lab architecture firm, as the jury panel.

The competition is divided into three categories: Decorative object; Lounge Chair; interior design of a design retail space for which winning entries will receive cash prizes worth USD 2,000; USD 3,000 and USD 4,000 respectively. Entries will be judged on the following criteria:

Innovation; Aesthetic/design quality; Functionality; Ergonomics; Ecological compatibility;  Commerciality; Durability; Symbolic and emotional content; Manufacturabilty and Cultural relevance.

Awards timelines

The design competition officially launches December 1 2007, and first round entries will be accepted until March 09 2008. Applicants will need to submit the following:


  • Completed and signed Application Form scanned in pdf format

  • Up to 3 pdfs including at least one glamor shot

  • Up to 3 pages of explanations on design / concept.

  • 1 Head-shot of applicant.

First round submissions should be emailed to

 The jury will then select 10 of the entries to be further developed by the applicants including the creation of prototypes. The prototypes and detailed technical drawings including material samples will then need to be submitted before April 31 2008. Nominees will need to submit the following:

  • 1 prototype (no smaller than 0.5mx0.5m and no bigger than 2mxm)

  • Technical drawings

  • Material samples.

Final round submissions will be accepted at the following locations:

traffic, Al Barsha, Dubai, near Mall of the Emirates – map online at;

9714 offices, next to The Third Line gallery in Al Quoz, Dubai;

9714, PO Box 73617, Dubai, UAE, t +971.4.340.20.90.

The jury will then meet to deliberate and choose the final winners between May 01 and June 09. Winners will then be notified and an awards event will be held at traffic in June 2008.


All designers (professional or otherwise) residing in the Middle East (defined as: Oman, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, UAE, Lebanon, Egypt, Syria, Palestine, Jordan, Tunisia, Morocco, Iraq, Iran and Libya) or of Middle Eastern origin are entitled to enter. Entrants must be at least 18 years old.

You could be the next rock star of the design world!



Filed under Design, Events, Interiors

3 responses to “traffic design gallery Dubai launches design competition

  1. Isabel Sousa

    I’m an multidisciplinary/interiorior designer based
    in London with projects worldwide incl Dubai.I would like to make a proposal.
    Could you please send me the name and contact of the person I should talk to.
    Many Thanks

  2. Tan Choon Wah

    Hi, i am so interested in your competition. Actually i come from Malaysia where cannot fullfil your requirement.(open to designers of Middle Eastern origin and designers residing in the Middle East). So, i want to ask whether i have this oppotunity if i want to join this competition.
    Through this competition, i think this is the best time for me to learn different country’s cultural.

  3. Omaima

    Hi, I am interested in taking part in this competition; Lounge chair category. But I would like to know, where could I get the application form?

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