Muscat – His Highness Sayyid Bilarab bin Haitham al Said on Monday launched the second edition of the Bilarab bin Haitham Architectural Design Award. The launch follows the success of the first edition and the completion of handing over the first place winning project to the Muscat Municipality to begin its implementation and development.
His Majesty Sayyid Bilarab has confirmed that the award, in its current edition, is honored to receive a royal blessing from His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik.
One of the national projects will be adopted for royal blessing in the competition. The Sur Maritime History Museum in southern Sharqiyah was chosen as this year’s prize project.
His Highness Sayyid Bilarab urged the Omani youth to harness all their technical abilities and architectural skills to participate in the competition, and to present innovative and creative models and designs capable of achieving the project’s mission and goals.
The project will be implemented in Sur beside the sea. H.H. Sayyid Bilarab pointed out that the heritage of the wilayat boasts of many achievements related to maritime activities.
The Department of Heritage and Tourism provided 14,154 m² of coastal land for the project.
The time period for the award has been increased to four months from the two in the first edition.
The program will also include technical workshops for those who qualify for the first stage. “We made sure to provide more space to accommodate qualified candidates. Of the two qualifying stages, the first will be the selection of 30 participants from all applicants, and ten will be selected in the second stage.
His Highness Sayyid Bilarab concluded his statement with an invitation addressed to young people. “We call on young Omanis working in the field of architectural design to be creative and motivated by what they see in this field for our future development. We are convinced that the youth of the Sultanate is capable of this.