Thousands took part, but only 10 were eventually named winners of the fourth Project Design Space, the UAE’s biggest student design competition.
Held by Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation (DIDI), the region’s first university exclusively dedicated to design and innovation, the competition saw corporations setting real-world challenges for the students to solve.
Businesses who got involved included RAKBANK, Dubai Festival City Mall, Nike, Emirates Nature-WWF and LEGO Middle East set
The 10 winning teams comprised five each in the grade 5 to 8 category and the grade 9 to 12 category.
In the first category, Applied Technology High School (TBMEC) - Al Ain, Hartland International School - Dubai, Al Tawyeen School for Girls -Fujairah, United International Private School – Dubai, and Dubai Northern Emirates Home School Association walked away with top honours for successfully achieving the design challenges set by RAKBANK, Dubai Festival City Mall, Nike, Emirates Nature-WWF and LEGO Middle East, respectively.
In the grade 9 to 12 category, Dubai Scholars Private School, North London Collegiate School - Dubai, The Indian High School Dubai, Applied Technology High School- RAK, and Dubai National School Al Barsha beat back their competitors to complete the challenges set by the business partners.
Congratulating the winners, Mohammad Abdullah, President of DIDI, says: “It is encouraging to see the high quality of student submissions year after year. In line with the UAE’s sustained efforts to build a knowledge-based economy by developing students with future-proof skills to meet the demands of rapidly changing workspaces, DIDI is pleased to host Project Design Space to advance design thinking and education.
"This initiative has encouraged creativity and enabled students to explore careers in design more seriously."
Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, entries for the fourth annual edition of competition rose by 26 per cent this year and schools from Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al-Quwain, Ras al Khaimah and Fujairah took part.