Diyar Al Muharraq, a leading real estate development company in Bahrain, has announced the winners of its key design competition, which offered creatives the opportunity to submit their architectural landmark designs for Diyar Al Muharraq's main entrance. 
Held in Q4 last year, the landmark entrance design competition drew a wide turnout from GCC countries and Arab countries, including Jordan, Egypt, Palestine, Iraq, Yemen, and Syria. 
The event also gained traction from Asian countries, with entries received from China, Japan, India, Pakistan, Taiwan, Thailand, and Iran, in addition to European countries like Great Britain, Germany, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, and US. 
In the final phases of the competition, the judging panel met with the finalists to evaluate their designs and select the top three winning teams. 
And finally the jury declared the winning team members - all holders of Master's degrees in Architecture Studies and Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - and have won the Marvin E. Goody Award from the same institute. 
The winning team, that walked away with a cash prize of $50,000, comprises Maryam Al Jomairi, who is currently submitting her Doctoral Thesis at Harvard University, and Latifa Al Khayat, who recently received the Aga Khan Travel Grant Award. 
The second place winners are a team from Istanbul Technical University comprising architects Sinan Gunay and Nurhayat Oz who were awarded a cash prize of $20,000. 
The third place was bagged by a team of graduates from the Department of Architecture at the University of Bahrain. These include Ahmed Al Abbas, Fatima Kalawadh and Ghaida Mohamed, who clinched the cash prize of $10,000. 
Lauding the winners, CEO Engineer Ahmed Ali Alammadi said: "Diyar Al Muharraq had launched the competition with the aim of fostering a spirit of creativity and innovation, by designing an architectural landmark that reflects authentic Bahraini culture and incorporates tradition and contemporary architecture to create a one-of-a-kind concept."
"We are proud to have been able to spread Bahrain's rich heritage and authentic local culture on an international scale, and we look forward to launching similar initiatives in the future," he added.-TradeArabia News Service