The Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation (DIDI) has awarded Fatima Al Busaeedi and Mohammad Bassam scholarships to study at the region’s first design-dedicated university.
The DIDI scholarships were granted by Dubai Holding and Kart Group, an interior design atelier led by CID Awards 2019 judge Mustafa Khamash.
The successful students participated in a competition to design an innovative, space-compliant game that astronauts could play on their journey to Mars or during their time in space.
Fatima Al Busaeedi designed a creative entertainment-based game centred around music to help astronauts stay stimulated in space.
Mohammad Bassam, meanwhile, showcased complex technical skills and the adoption of new software for his submission, DIDI said in a statement sent to Commercial Interior Design.
Al Busaeedi said she was delighted to win the scholarship and support the UAE mission to build a knowledge-based and innovation-led economy.
“It is truly my dream to be part of this growing field and support the UAE’s vision in becoming a leading contributor to innovation on the global stage. I am hugely grateful to have the opportunity to study at DIDI. My family really pushed me to choose this institution as it’s very unique and we all feel it is the right place for me to grow in this field.”
Bassam will start a four-year course after the summer and said he could not wait to get started.
“DIDI is a very innovative university and I am honoured to have been chosen for this scholarship. There are very few universities in this region which teach in such a unique way and I cannot wait to begin my studies in the fall.”
Amit Kaushal, Group Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Holding, said: “The Dubai Holding family would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Fatima Al Busaeedi for the admirable work she has put together for this incredibly difficult challenge. Designing a space-compliant, tech-focused game for future astronauts requires an immense amount of creativity, patience and attention to detail. Fatima is the epitome of all young Emirati youth, who are destined to contribute to the nation’s vision of becoming a global model for science, design and technology.”
Hani Asfour, dean of DIDI, added: “We have been extremely impressed by the level of entries we received for this challenge, choosing the successful candidates was not easy. It is very promising to see such talent here in the UAE, the future professionals who will be able to take up the UAE’s vision around innovation, design and the space project. We are in an exciting time right now as the institution evolves and grows and these are exactly the kinds of students we are attracting.”