Abu Dhabi Flamingo Observation Tower

Submission: June 13, 2019
Registration: April 30, 2019
Language: English
Location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Prizes: Please see details below
Type: Project 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, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates. Covering a total area of 5 km2, the reserve is comprised of wetlands, salt flats knowns 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.


3 winning proposals and 6 honourable 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

More information about the special awards at flamingotower.beebreeders.com.


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

Go to the competition’s website