Arab Engineering Bureau presented the 2016 awards for Design Excellence, and Creative Achievement and Potential to two graduating and two junior students from Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar (VCUQatar) during a ceremony at the university recently.

AEB’s Group CEO and Chief Architect Ibrahim Jaidah, a long time supporter and friend of VCUQatar, presented the Arab Engineering Bureau Award for Design Excellence in Graphic Design to graduating student Dana Chua, and for Design Excellence in Interior Design to graduating student Mario M. Bermejo.

The awards were instituted by Jaidah to encourage and assist graduating students as they start their careers as designers in Qatar and the region. Jaidah is recognized as a pioneer of a new architectural movement that combines the far-reaching influences of Islamic art with modern styles to create memorable landmark structures that are shaping Qatar.


The Arab Engineering Bureau Award for Creative Achievement and Potential was presented to graphic design junior Alisha Saiyed and interior design junior Majdulin Nasrallah. These awards aim to help the junior students recognize their true potential, create leadership and encourage them to continue developing their skills through their senior year. The awards are a major highlight of the academic year for VCUQatar’s students.

VCUQatar’s Dean Akel I. Kahera said the university was hugely grateful for the continued support from AEB over the past decade and added that the awards recognized the students’ commitment to their future careers in what is a very competitive and demanding environment.

AEB’s GCEO & Chief Architect Ibrahim M. Jaidah said: “We are committed to national development and we are invested in supporting young and enthusiastic generation of designers from VCUQatar. Over the years VCUQatar graduates have proved to be in the forefront of the design industry in Qatar; and it is our absolute pleasure to be able to award such individuals for their hard work and help them kick start their careers.”

Besides the awards, AEB and Jaidah continue to partner with VCUQatar through their participation in Tasmeem Doha, VCUQatar’s biennial international design conference, as well as by offering internship opportunities to VCUQatar students.