Dubai, UAE, April 25, 2019: Al-Futtaim Toyota has announced the winners of the 5th annual Toyota Dream Car Art Contest at a special award ceremony held at Alserkal Avenue, Dubai.
The contest is a global initiative that runs across 81 countries, attracting over 900,000 submissions annually from children up to 15 years of age. The format of the competition allows children to let their youthful creativity run free by asking them to imagine the best problem-solving car in the world.
This year, the competition saw participation of over 950 entries from 22 schools across the UAE. The entries were judged around their uniqueness and execution of concept, as well as the child’s artistic ability.
Commenting on the competition, Saud Abbasi, Managing Director of Al-Futtaim Toyota, said, “Each year we continue to be amazed at the level of creativity in the entries submitted and this year has once again exceeded our expecations. We’ve seen some extremely creative artworks and I would like to thank all the young artists and their teachers for their participation and hard work.”
The competition is divided into three age groups – under 8 years old, 8-11 years old and 12-15 years old – with Bronze, Silver and Gold winners in each category.
Children who will make it to the final stages of the global contest will be invited along with their parents or guardians on a trip to Japan to participate in the global awards ceremony in August 2019. While in Japan, winners will visit a Toyota factory and get to experience different facets of the Japanese culture.
The Gold winners’ category consists of:
- (Age Group 1: under 8 years old) Six-year-old Muhammad Ammar Aqil Rao from Gems Wellington Primary School for his “My Toyota Dream Car” car submission
- (Age Group 2: 8-11 years old) 10-year-old Pratheeksha Menon Sathyanarayanan from Leaders Private School, Sharjah for her “Toyo Child Protector” submission
- (Age Group 3: 12-15 years old) 14-year-old Prathik Krishnan Menon Sathyanarayanan from Leaders Private School, Sharjah for his “'Toyota Organ Gifter” submission
The Silver winners’ category consists of:
- (Age Group 1: under 8 years old) Five-year-old Shivani Adduri from Leaders Private School, Sharjah for her “Universal Travel Car [for Peace & Unity]” submission
- (Age Group 2: 8-11 years old) Nine-year-old Sara Chaudhuri from Gems Modern Academy for her “Through the Lens” submission
- (Age Group 3: 12-15 years old) 12-year-old Hela Rashid from Leaders Private School, Sharjah for her “Intelligence Enhancer Car” submission
The Bronze winners’ category consists of:
- (Age Group 1: under 8 years old) Six-year-old Aarya Abhishek Pawar from Gems Wellington Primary School, Dubai for her “Toyota Medi Scan Van” submission
- (Age Group 2: 8-11 years old) Nine-year-old Kaitlyn Anjelita Dsouza from Al Diyafah High School for her “Flying Aid” submission
- (Age Group 3: 12-15 years old) 14-year-old Aarti Komalkumar Damania from Gems Modern Academy for her “Neuronotics” submission
Select artwork from the contest will be touring and decorating the Toyota facilities in the UAE, allowing an even wider audience to celebrate the talent and vision of the UAE’s up and coming generation of artists.