2022 Dezeen Awards Long-lists Four Dubai-based Design Projects

View of the closed Al Wasl dome at the EXPO 2020 site in Dubai. Pawan Singh / The National

According to Third Eye Traveller, Dubai’s architecture is a reflection of the city’s rich culture, legacy, and rapid growth and development, making the city unquestionably an architectural haven with some of the top architectural wonders in the world. With that being said, four projects in Dubai have made the long list for the design category of the 2022 Dezeen Awards. For those of you who are unaware, Dezeen is one of the most important publications in the world for architecture and design, honoring the top studios and individual architects.

“Future Heroes” and “Journey of the Pioneers”, two exhibits at the Museum of the Future, and “Land of Dreamers Who Do” from the UAE Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai are competing for the prize for best exhibition design. In the category of Architectural Design Lighting, Sensasia Stories Spa in the Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates is also a competitor. There are 290 projects on the longlist from 36 nations, including Poland, Kuwait, Denmark, and Ukraine. Eleven categories comprise the competition.

According to The National News, Future Heroes is a special area designed for kids between the ages of 4 and 11 that promotes active engagement, problem-solving, and communication. Imagine, Design, and Build make up its three core experience categories. The major goal is to get kids involved in diverse activities and teach them to be thoughtful rather than boisterous.

On the other hand, in The Land of Dreamers Who Do, the story of the UAE is told from the perspectives of those who have lived there for the past 50 years. The award-winning filmmaker Ray Haddad directed the film, which focuses on the lives led by the “dreamers,” the goals they have attained, and their future objectives. Visitors to Expo 2020 Dubai were astounded by the film’s sincere storytelling, which was on display in the UAE Pavilion.

For its 2022 awards, Dezeen is still in the process of announcing the longlists. The publication claimed to have received a record-breaking 5,400 submissions from 90 different nations. Other designs also made the long list, including Al Wasl Plaza, which was longlisted for the architecture prize’s Cultural Building category. In Sept., projects that have been shortlisted will be announced and the winners will be announced in Nov.

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