Brief for Competition

The Retal International Competition for Mosques launched to design mosques as per Retal’s community and specialized Vision as its effort to build unique Mosques in the company projects located in Eastern Province specially Nesaj Town 2 in Dammam.

The competition shall be organized by Retal Urban Development Company and under the supervision of the Abdullatif Al Fozan Award for Mosque Architecture. The competition aims to attract innovative designs by participants from all over the world to design two Mosques in the center of the Nesaj Town 2 scheme in Dammam, eastern Saudi Arabia. The Nesaj Town scheme is considered one of the most prominent urban development projects for Retal, as its location has been carefully selected. It also aims to provide distinctive designs increasing the aesthetic, sophistication and luxury of the Nesaj Town 2 project, to become an element by which to be proud of in the future, in order the essential facilities in the neighborhood to be completed and Mosque is one of its most important components

Competition Goals


To enhance the retal’s role in the specialized community contribution


To create competitive spaces encouraging the innovation and creativity among architects from around the world


To involve the architectural community by presenting creative ideas compatible with their aspirations and hopes


To find a new vision in the Mosques’ design satisfying the aspirations of future generations


To create creative designs achieving harmony between man, place and job challenges


To contribute in supporting the architectural community with community initiatives have a sustainable impact


The shifting towards innovative designs satisfying the quality of life in accordance with the Kingdom’s vision 2030

Design Terms & Requirements

Participation in the competition is available from all over the world for the following categories:


Local and International


Students and faculty can form a design team and participate in the name of the university

Architectural Offices & Studios

Local and International

Design Guidelines

 To produce innovative and bold designs highlighting the Mosque as a cultural and distinctive landmark for the two sites

 To feature designs with a special character making them a focal point in the project

 The design should make the most of natural light and ventilation

 Comprehensiveness of the technical report for the development stages of the architectural concept

 Interconnection of Mosque site plan and its facilities with the surrounding to be well studied

 The design should be feasible

 Taking into consideration the economic aspects such as energy consumption rates and recycled building materials

Architectural Information for Mosques Sites

The mosques are to be designed at two different sites (local) Mosque which will have capacity of 540 prayers to hold regular daily prayers.


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First & Second Project

USD / 75,000 Saudi Riyals

First Prize

USD / 30,000 Saudi Riyals

Second Prize

USD / 15,000 Saudi Riyals

Third Prize



  • The competition is open for locally and internationally registered architects. Local architects should be registered and permitted with the Saudi related institutions, or an equivalent, recognized overseas regulatory authority.
  • No member or employee of Abdullatif Alfozan Award for Mosque Architecture, the evaluation jury, or any partner, close associate or employee of them is eligible to compete or assist a competitor.

Time Schedule

  • Design competition opens on 24 October 2021
  • The deadline for submitting the competition entries is before 12:00 PM (Mecca Time) May 24, 2022

Submission Method

The participant shall upload the files in PowerPoint/PDF
The file size shall not exceed 20 MB, via the competition website


Abdullatif Alfozan Award for Mosque Architecture:

Registration & Participation

Please download the template file below

Terms & Conditions

 Competitor (Participant) shall be fully responsible for any content he/she submits to the Competition

 The participant has the right to participate in one or two sites design

 No reward will be awarded to any candidate whose design has been excluded from competition due to non-compliance with competition terms, programmed documents or otherwise, or for apparent plagiarism or if the work is deemed insufficiently prepared

 The winning project does not necessarily have to be executed

 The participant has the right to publish his project, mentioning the competition as a reference, after the winners are announced

 Abdullatif Al Fozan Award for Mosque Architecture and Retal Company have the full right to publish projects on any platform

 The main participant (the designer) shall be the sole owner of the design, and no third party will have right to claim any reward or privilege