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Abu Dhabi Flamingo Observation Tower International Architecture Competition

Abu Dhabi Flamingo Observation Tower Competition

Abu Dhabi Flamingo Observation Tower International Architecture Competition

The Al Wathba Wetland Reserve in Abu Dhabi is home to a uniquely diverse ecosystem. The artificial wetlands were created in the heart of the Middle East, on the East of Abu Dhabi Island which is the capital city of the United Arab Emirates. Covering a total area of 5 km2, the reserve is comprised of wetlands, salt flats known as Sabkhas, and fossilized sand dunes.

The reserve has become an oasis of animal and plant life, attracting innumerable species of diverse wildlife to settle within the wetlands. This includes abundant plant and aquatic life as well as over 250 species of birds, most notably the spectacular flock of flamingos that call the wetlands home.

The Abu Dhabi Flamingo Observation Tower competition is looking to celebrate these magnificent creatures by tasking participants with designing a new observation tower for the reserve. As the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) has expressed an interest in the construction of this tower; designs will need to be both in keeping with the look and purpose of the Al Wathba Wetland Reserve, while having the potential to become an iconic landmark in its own right.


The selected site for the Abu Dhabi Flamingo Observation Tower is located in the North of the Al Wathba Wetland Reserve.

Abu Dhabi Flamingo Observation Tower architecture competition siteELIGIBILITY

Competition is open to all and no professional qualification is required.

Design proposals can be developed individually or by teams (4 team members maximum).


3 winning proposals and 6 honorable mentions will be selected. Bee Breeders will award a total of US $6,000 in prize money to competition winners as follows:

1st Prize – US $3,000

2nd Prize – US $1,500

3rd Prize – US $500

+ 6 honourable mentions

BB Student Award – US $500

BB Green Award – US $500


Early Bird Registration: 08 NOVEMBER – 18 DECEMBER

Advance Registration: 19 DECEMBER – 26 FEBRUARY

Last Minute Registration: 27 FEBRUARY – 30 APRIL

Closing date for registration: 30 APRIL, 2019

Closing date for submission: 13 JUNE, 2019 (11:59pm GMT+0)

Announcement of the winners: 18 JULY, 2019

Competition Organizers : Bee Breeders

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