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NMoQ invites mascot designs to celebrate its first anniversary

Tribune News Network
Doha
As part of marking its first anniversary, the National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ) has launched an open call for artists and designers to submit creative designs for the museum’s new mascot.
The NMoQ has selected the dugong, a large marine mammal that has lived in Qatari waters for over 7,500 years, as its mascot.
This initiative is part of the programming around the museum’s upcoming exhibition on dugongs set to open next year in collaboration with ExxonMobil Research Qatar.
The Arabian Gulf is home to the second largest population of dugongs in the world, making them significant to Qatar. These mammals are currently on the World Wildlife Fund’s vulnerable list and raising awareness of them links to the museum’s key themes around sustainability and conservation.
The design of the dugong should have a unique concept which symbolises NMoQ’s identity and relates to Qatari culture, in an aesthetic and appealing manner.
The deadline for submitting designs is July 1 and independent artists and designers from all age groups and nationalities can submit their designs; international submissions are also welcome.
The prize for the winning design will include major media and press interviews for the artist and coverage featuring the design, recognition by Her Excellency Sheikha al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani, Chairperson of Qatar Museums (QM), and Sheikha Amna bint Abdull Aziz bin Jassim al Thani, director of NMoQ, a free culture pass membership and gift package from the NMoQ Gift Shop. If an international artist is selected, the prize will also cover a round-trip ticket to Doha.
NMoQ was inaugurated on March 28, 2019, and since then has welcomed over 600,000 visitors from all across the world. The museum was also recognised for its efforts in sustainability by receiving the LEED Gold certification, a first-ever certificate awarded to a national museum.
NMoQ remains one of Qatar’s key landmarks that highlights the country’s culture and heritage. To learn more about and/or apply for the dugong mascot design open call, visit the website: https://nmoq.org.qa/dugong-mascot-open-call

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