The Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar (VCUQ) announced the launch of the Fourth Annual Design Competition "Be Here Design Now".

By Meraj Rizvi (Staff Reporter)

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Published: Fri 18 Nov 2005, 2:30 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 3:07 PM

The Design Competition, open to all female students in their senior year of high school, is being launched in Qatar, UAE, Oman, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Syria and Turkey.

This year's theme of "Building Bonds" is provided by the main sponsor Sabban Property Investments (SPI). The statement that students must keep in mind as they present various forms of art is provided by Issam Alsabban, Chairman and CEO of Sabban Property Investments.

The Design Competition invites students to design a visual presentation that represents and communicates the relevance of bonds of understanding in our time. "The Design Competition provides a chance for girls in the Middle East to express their creativity. VCUQ provides the opportunity for students to get a high quality education without having to travel very far to Europe or America", said Ms Dima Salameh, VCUQ Recruitment Officer.

DHL Express, the official shipper for the design competition, will provide all contestants with free shipping of their project. Visiting any DHL office in the country of participating and mentioning the "Be Here: Design Now Competition at VCUQ" will allow participants to ship for free.

From the expected hundreds of participants three semi-finalists from each country will be chosen to receive cash prizes, generously provided by Sabban Property Investments.

The three country winners will then move onto the second phase of the competition where two, full four-year scholarships to attend VCU Qatar will be won by two finalists.

The Scholarships for Creativity to attend VCUQ are provided by Shaikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al Missned, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation.

All projects will be judged by a world-class jury of artists, design professionals, faculty members, and government representatives from Qatar. Entries must be postmarked by January 15, 2006. Winners from each country will be announced during the month of March 2006. For contest rules and applications visit the Scholarship for Creativity section at

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