Towards an innovative and contemporary Omani architectural style

Entry Options

This competition targets Omani youth specialized in the fields of architecture, design and urban planning. The age of the participant should not be more than 35 years, including job seekers and students who are passionate about the topic of the competition.

Individual participation

Omani youth who meet the conditions of participation can participate individually, by presenting a specific idea that a young man or woman will adopt and submit according to the requirements of the competition.

Collective participation

A group of young people can participate as a (team) with no more than three members, so that the participants can collectively submit their proposal bearing the names of the team members, while adhering to the same conditions stipulated in the competition.

Stages and Evaluation

The stage of receiving all participations

The stage of the initial screening of the participations and the selection of the best 30 projects.

The stage of the second screening of the participations and the selection of the top ten projects.

The stage of presentation and evaluation of the awarded projects.

The stage of announcing the winning projects

(See the Award Guide for details and dates)

Selection Criteria

Technical advantages


Keeping abreast of contemporary global projects in the museum sector

The sustainable impact of the project, whether environmental, social or economic

The extent to which the design celebrates Oman’s development journey from the Renaissance era to a promising future vision

Terms and Conditions

1. Participation is limited to young Omani professionals in the fields of architecture, design and urban planning who are under 35 years old.

2. The participant should be familiar with the architectural design and presentation programs, and be able to deal with them to show and design the idea of his project.

3. The participants must submit a summary of their project, not exceeding 400 words, including the most important technical and engineering details of the project.

4. The idea of the proposed project must be creative, innovative and feasible in the environment of the Sultanate of Oman, and in line with the identity and values of the Omani society, in addition to its relevance to the nature and geography of the proposed location.

5. The idea of the project should be clear in all its aspects and supported by illustrations.

6. The participant must take into account the elements of sustainability in the project, with the need to focus on clean energy and build the idea and designs of the project to make it environmentally friendly.

7. The participant must prepare the design with maximum creativity and fulfil all the requirements of the competition, and deliver all the required outputs or the work required during the course of all stages of the competition on time, providing that electronic soft copies are delivered in addition to the hard copies.

8. The participant must submit the analytical diagrams of the general site, the design idea of the project, in addition to illustrations of the design in real dimensions.

9. The participant must submit the presentation to the committee if it is one of the projects qualified for this stage, provided that it adheres to the agreed date.

Special Controls

The rights of the winning project revert to the Bilarab Bin Haitham Award for Architectural Design, and the Office has the absolute right to assign it or implement it in any way it deems appropriate.

The Award Office has the right to reject any project and withhold any award without giving reasons. It also has the right to postpone the competition, or stop it in any circumstance that calls for it.

If a participant plagiarizes the idea of a particular project or appropriates another person›s idea; The Award Office will not bear any responsibility or legal liability in this matter, and may disqualify any participant who commits such abuse.

Each proposal or idea submitted is considered with specific preferential criteria that correspond to the nature of the proposal and the extent of its innovation and creativity.

Design Scope

The Sultanate of Oman is characterized by coastlines extending for about 3165 km, which witnessed a long history in which civilizations made by Omanis were formed thousands of years BC. The rich history and highlighting the brilliance of the Omani man throughout history in relationship to the sea.

Geographical Location

The project has been allocated a site with an area of 14,154 square meters in the Wilayat of Sur in the South Sharqiyah Governorate, near the Khor Al-Batah Bridge, overlooking the lighthouse, and the participating teams must adhere to the specified site.

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