Design Competition

DEADLINE for submission 
JUNE 2, 2019

to the Future of Living

Dubai Creek Harbour is Dubai’s most ambitious new world-class mixed use waterfront destination. 
The project has a 5.6 Million  sqm footprint, with a total GFA of 10.6 Million sqm. It is expected to have 48,500 residential units in total, and a population of approximately 175,000 residents.


An Unparalleled Level of Sophistication

The mission of The Landmark is to help transform the nature
of the site  by creating a unique structure offering an unforgettable experience.


The Site
& Context



The Project: The Landmark

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Emaar Development is hosting an International Open Design competition for the Design of The Landmark at the heart of the ambitious new world-class mixed-use waterfront development Dubai Creek Harbour. The Development is a 5.6 Million sqm site and is expected to have 48,500 residential units with a population of 175,000 residents, when completed.

Design Brief:
Emaar’s vision for Dubai Creek Harbour is to create an urban city that respects the culture and climate of Dubai, a place where people can live, work and play in harmony with nature and a community where families can reach their aspirations for generations to come.
In line with this, EMAAR is seeking a Concept Design for the development of a Landmark Structure which should be Iconic in Design. Cutting edge technology can be considered.

Competitors submissions shall depict sufficient information, drawing, CGI’s, diagrams and narratives which explain their Concept and innovative approaches at its best way. The 3D perspectives shall be of highest quality.

Competition participants must be officially recognized professional Architects, Architectural Firms or Architectural Students. 

Submission Date:
Design competition opens on May 1st, 2019
The deadline for submitting the competition entries is 12:00 noon (UAE Time) June 2, 2019
Three entries will be shortlisted and the designers will have an opportunity to present to the judges themselves.  

The Tentative date for the announcement of the shortlisted 3 candidates is  June 30, 2019

The winning Design entry will receive a prize of USD 25,000/- , the second USD 15,000/- and the third USD 10,000/-. The winning entry will also be invited to enter into a Design Contract to deliver the scheme.

Language: English

Enquiries: For any further enquiries regarding the competition, please email:
How to apply: Digital submission only, all documents to be saved under one zip file and sent through a Wetransfer link to this email:


Intellectual Property
The winning design/designs submitted by the competitors and after the awards have been paid out, the awarded competition entries shall become the sole property of Emaar Development. The proprietary copyright of the entries will be transferred to the contracting entity and Emaar Development will receive the unlimited exclusive license for the use of the awarded entries.
All intellectual property rights over all materials provided by Emaar Development in connection with this Design Competition are and shall remain the property of Emaar Development at all times. 
This Design Competition, together with all other information, materials, specifications and/or other documents provided by Emaar Development, or prepared by the competitors specifically for Emaar Development, shall be treated at all times as confidential by the competitors.



When are you going to announce the shortlisted teams?

The Tentative date for the announcement of the shortlisted 3 candidates is the 30th of June 2019.

What is the maximum height of The Landmark? 

There is no height restriction for The Landmark. Please note that the jury is not necessarily looking for a tower.

Is there a registration process?

Teams submitting before the deadline will be automatically registered to the competition. However, you can subscribe below to register your interest and receive latest news and updates. 

What is the function of the building?

The brief is to create a landmark structure that people could interact with. Residential or office buildings are not part of the program.

What is the presentation format?

A3 report with less than 15 pages is preferred but competitors are free to decide.

Is the competition anonymous?

No, the competitors should place their name/logo and contact detail on the presentation.

Is there a budget?

The budget is not fixed at this stage.


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