About The Event

Zak Awards celebrates the remarkable achievements of architects, developers, contractors, and various building professionals/manufactures for their exceptional contributions to the field of façade design & engineering. Serving as a regional platform, it honors industry leaders and pioneers who set new standards within the construction sector.

The awards will make their ground breaking debut in the Middle East, establishing the region's first-ever accolades dedicated to recognizing excellence in façade design and engineering.

The winners & nominees of the awards will be commended at a grand black-tie gala dinner in Dubai, where excellence in façade design and engineering will be honored under the city's glittering skyline.


Why Should You Nominate

Take this unique chance to nominate yourself, colleagues or firm for the awards that exclusively celebrate excellence in façade design and engineering and position yourself among the elite in this specialized field.

Experience the Synergy of Excellence

The awards are uniquely co-located with the Zak World of Façades event, creating a dynamic convergence of industry recognition and the forefront of façade excellence.


Key Dates

29th January:
Nominations Open

15th March:
Nominations Close

27th March:
Jury Meet 1

29th March:
Shortlist Announcement

23rd April:
Jury Meet 2
(Live Judging at Zak World of Façades)

24th April:
Gala Awards Dinner

Awards Categories

The event features a total of twelve award categories. Two of these are honorary awards, while the remaining ten will undergo evaluation by an esteemed panel of jurors. Notably, three out of these ten competitive categories will be adjudicated during a live judging session on the 23rd April 2024, in Dubai.

File Your Nomination

File your nomination below. Our awards are presented through the Awards Force platform, renowned as one of the world's premier software for hosting and managing awards.

Jury

Meet our distinguished panel of jurors, each a luminary in their respective domain, whose expertise and insight will guide the selection of this year's award recipients. Below is the initial list of jurors, more to be added as we progress.

Abdulmajid Karanouh

Abdulmajid Karanouh

International Director & Global Head of Interdisciplinary Design Research,
Drees & Sommer

Abdulmajid Karanouh

International Director & Global Head of Interdisciplinary Design Research, Drees & Sommer

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Ahmed Abdulla Al Salami

Ahmed Abdulla Al Salami

Principal Building Studies Specialist,
Dubai Municipality

Ahmed Abdulla Al Salami

Principal Building Studies Specialist, Dubai Municipality

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Andy Dean

Andy Dean

Technical Director - Asset Transformation,
WSP

Andy Dean

Technical Director - Asset Transformation, WSP

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Anna Wendt

Anna Wendt

Partner,
Buro Happold

Anna Wendt

Partner, Buro Happold

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Dr. Harpreet Seth

Dr. Harpreet Seth

Head of Architecture,
Heriot-Watt University Dubai

Dr. Harpreet Seth

Head of Architecture, Heriot-Watt University Dubai

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James O'Callaghan

James O'Callaghan

Founding Director,
Eckersley O'Callaghan

James O'Callaghan

Founding Director, Eckersley O'Callaghan

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Jason Carlow

Jason Carlow

Associate Professor & Head of the Department of Architecture, College of Architecture, Art & Design, American University of Sharjah

Jason Carlow

Associate Professor & Head of the Department of Architecture, College of Architecture, Art & Design, American University of Sharjah

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John Downes

John Downes

Global Head of Façades,
Lendlease

John Downes

Global Head of Façades, Lendlease

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Mark Powell Kyffin

Mark Powell Kyffin

Architecture Head,
Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi

Mark Powell Kyffin

Architecture Head, Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi

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Mathieu Meur

Mathieu Meur

Director,
DP Façade

Mathieu Meur

Director, DP Façade

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Nicky Dobreanu

Nicky Dobreanu

Branch Director,
Omnium International

Nicky Dobreanu

Branch Director, Omnium International

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Paolo Rossi

Paolo Rossi

Design Director,
Pace Architecture & Engineering + Planning

Paolo Rossi

Design Director, Pace Architecture & Engineering + Planning

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Sherif W Anis

Sherif W Anis

Development Director,
KAFD

Sherif W Anis

Development Director, KAFD

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Submit Your Nomination

Event Host

Get ready for an entertaining and memorable evening at our gala awards dinner hosted by our multi-award-winning host Mina Liccione, who will captivate and delight the audience with her humour, charisma and insight.


Mina Liccione


Book Your Table / Seat

Secure your seat or reserve a table now for the gala awards dinner and be part of an unforgettable evening celebrating excellence in façade design and engineering.

View the updated seating availability by clicking on the layout below. Tables sold are marked in grey, available tables are shown in green and individual seats are indicated in maroon.

Awards Sponsors

Meet our event sponsors whose invaluable support significantly contributes to the event's grandeur and success.

Title Sponsor
Category Sponsors

Video Gallery

Videos from the previous editions of the Zak Awards

  • Zak Awards 2017
  • Making of the Award

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about the event.

The event will commence at 6:30 PM on April 24th, 2024, at Coca Cola Arena, Dubai, UAE.

No, there are no fees for filing nominations.

No, the awards are exclusively for projects based in the GCC region.

Please refer to the respective category descriptions on the website for more information.

Yes, as long as the project meets the criteria for each of the selected award categories.

The last date for sending nominations is March 15th 2024.

Please scroll up to the jury section to view the jury members.

The judging process entails the following steps:

  • All nominations will undergo online scoring upon reaching the submission deadline.
  • The first jury meeting is scheduled for March 27th 2024 in Dubai.
  • For categories requiring live judging, a second jury meeting will take place on April 23rd at the Zak World of Façades event in Dubai to facilitate the live judging process.

Live judging involves presenting to a jury live on April 23rd 2024 at the Zak World of Façades event in Dubai. During this session, shortlisted nominations for specific categories will be evaluated. Nominees are expected to present in-person to present their project directly to the jury for assessment.

We prohibit any interaction with the jury. Any attempt to influence the jury will lead to disqualification of the nomination.

The project must be completed between January 1st 2021 and December 31st 2022.

The submitted entry will not be accepted for this year’s awards.

You cannot change your entry post-submission. In case you require to submit additional information, please contact the organizers.

You will receive a confirmation email acknowledging receipt of your nomination. If you do not receive the email in your inbox within 24hrs, please check your spam folder, or contact the organizers.

Any upload will have to be in PDF format with video/image links if required.

Winners will receive a trophy and a certificate on April 24, 2024, at the Gala Dinner and Awards Night in Dubai.

If you are shortlisted, you will be provided with one complimentary ticket for the Gala Awards & Dinner. Any additional tickets can be purchased via our website. Please scroll up to the awards tickets section.

Please scroll down and fill up the contact form on the contact us section and make your request. Our sponsorship team will get in touch with you with the available options.

Please scroll down and fill up the contact form on the contact us section and make your request. Our organizing team will get in touch with you.

Schedule & Venue

Gala Awards Dinner Schedule


6.30pm | Pre-Event Networking Reception

7.30pm | Dinner Hall Doors Open

7.45pm | Welcome Address, Entertainment & Starters

8.15pm | First Set of Awards, Main Course & Dessert

8.45pm | Entertainment & Second Set of Awards

9.15pm | End of Event & Post Event Networking

10.00pm | Carriages

Address

Coca-Cola Arena, Al Wasl - سٹی واک - Dubai - United Arab Emirates


Contact Us

Get in touch with us if you have any query regarding the nomination, tickets, sponsorship or any other general query.





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