The ceremony for the Middle East’s third packaging and graphic design awards for students, the ‘PANDAS’, took place at Dubai Airport Expo. More than 200 students attended the event which is presented as part of the region’s largest packaging and printing exhibition, Gulf Pack and Gulf Print.
For the first time, this year’s PANDAS attracted entries from 15 universities across the Middle East. Students from colleges in Bahrain, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Tunisia and Palestine as well as the UAE to part in closely contested competition for recognition in eight categories. Over 250 entries were submitted, double that of previous years.
The categories included designs for posters, typography, books, magazines, logos and packaging, and even a brief to create an identity for the new metro railway in Dubai.
According to Ms Virginia Kern, Chairman of F&E, organisers of Gulf Pack and Gulf Print, “the PANDAS set out to foster a better understanding between the academic and commercial communities. We were overwhelmed with the volume of response this year and are delighted that so many universities from around the region took part.”
This year’s winners included Dana Ashkar for the Poster category from the American University in Dubai (AUD), Eman Reed for the Metro Corporate Identity, also from AUD. The Typography award went to Abdullah Tayseer from Petra University in Jordan. Sharjah Women’s College swept the category for Publication Design with the magazine award going to Khawla Sultan Mugrin and the book design award to Shaima Hassan.
Honours for the packaging sector went to Marveya Hijazi of Yarmouk University in Jordan for the fragrance design category. Hinda Mohamed of Zayed University was recognised for the gift box prize with the design for a soft drinks container going to Obedah Fayad of Damascus University in Syria.