Time Out Kids' great cover competition revealed some creative genius
Time Out Dubai Kids staff
Zaina Qureshi, 7
Why we liked it: All eyes were drawn to the beautiful turquoise blue, which would really stand out on the shelves. Zaina
has also included some lesser-known
landmarks as well as the obvious icons.
Zaina says: I tried to include all the aspects of Dubai that I like – Burj al Arab, Burj Khalifa, the metro and the Ibn Battuta balloon. These are all things I’d like to visit in Dubai. My favourite is Burj Khalifa. I’ve been near it but not in it and I love it because it’s really shiny. I used markers and pens and I chose really bright colours so my picture would stand out.
Dubai English Speaking School (DESS)
Olivia Byrne, 10
Why we liked it: Olivia’s design featured a beautiful sunset, Burj Al Arab, flying falcons, sand and camels in an innovative way. We also liked her use of space and colours.
Olivia says: I drew Dubai’s sunset against Burj Al Arab. I wanted to include the beach because it’s one of the things we all do as a family at the weekends. We like to have barbecues too. Enjoying the outdoors is important for me as I love sports and activities that are energetic. Dubai is great for these kinds of things.
Aamira Khan, 10
Why we liked it: Aamira used paint and felt tip pens to create her camping design. It’s so bright, it literally jumped out of the page at us, and we fell in love with her adorable camel. She also left us space for our cover lines.
Aamira says: I love camping – it’s one of my favourite things to do in Dubai. I even like putting up the tent. I’m very fond of camels too. I think they are amazing animals and I love to draw them. Nature is something I very much enjoy and you can get outside a lot here because it doesn’t rain much. I love the colours in the sky at sunset and the birds in the morning.
Sophie Wormley, 10
Why we liked it: Sophie’s entry was super-colourful. She made excellent use of the space on the page and managed to include lots of ‘Dubai’ elements, such as the beach, Burj Khalifa,and Burj Al Arab.
Sophie says: Burj Al Arab is the world’s only seven-star hotel and Burj Khalifa is the world’s tallest building, which is why I used them in my design. I’ve been in Dubai for three years and I really love being here. There are so many exciting things to do and see. The sun is always shining and people are friendly. I’d quite like to be an artist when I grow up, but I’d also like to be a gymnastics teacher.
Jumeirah English Speaking School (JESS)
Why we liked it: A very skilled artist, Aleyha brought
her cover to life with movement and colour. Her technique and
attention to detail impressed
everyone in the Time Out office.
Aleyha says: I drew all the images and activities that sprung to mind when you think of Dubai. I used a combination of pens and coloured pencils to blend everything together and studied photographs, zoomed in for detail, to get the size and layout just right. For the ice skater, I have a book on how to draw cartoon people – it shows you how to draw bodies and give the impression of movement. For Burj Khalifa I used a silver pen and a black pen for the detail. The black pen didn’t work, which was a bit of a mistake, but the effect has actually come out really well. I’m hoping to be an architect because I like art and designing things.
Megan Kofteros, 10
Why we liked it: The attention to detail in Megan’s drawing is immense – she has managed to include almost every conceivable family activity in Dubai. And the UAE flag as a camel carpet is inspired.
Megan says: I had to put in so many
activities because I couldn’t decide what I liked best! I’m a very busy person – I play football, I go to Ski Dubai a lot, it’s always sunny so I’m often outside or on the beach, and I love going to Atlantis, Wild Wadi and Kidzania. My favourite local thing to do is ride a camel, which is why I’ve put it in the centre. I found an image I liked on the internet and tried to copy it. I had quite a few attempts and this was definitely the best one.
Harriet Lillis, 10
Why we liked it: Harriet’s effective use of outlining gives her drawing real clarity. The fact that the major landmarks all clearly recognisable without
being distracted by detail makes this image ideal for a cover.
Harriet says: I chose all the major landmarks – these are my
favourite buildings plus buildings you always see in Dubai. I live near
the flag and drive past it nearly every day, Burj Al Arab is really
recognisable and I see Burj Khalifa every time we drive down Sheikh Zayed Road. I haven’t been on the metro yet, but I really want to go. I drew the images in pencil, coloured them in and then outlined them in black pen to really stand out. I would say I’m more of a doodler than an artist but, to be honest, I’m more sporty than arty. I’m
in the swimming team and the netball team.
Jebel Ali Primary School (JAPS) Zainab
Why we liked it: Zainab’s cover has a real local feel with its carpet-wearing camel, mosque and desert flora.
Zainab says: I think camels are really beautiful because of their height and their lovely long eyelashes, and wherever you are in Dubai, you can usually see a mosque, so I drew one in the background. I really enjoyed drawing the whole picture. I’d like to be an artist when I grow up because I love colouring and painting.
Raymond Allen, 7
Why we like it: We love Ray’s interpretation of the dunes, his cute camel and the fact he’s left us lots of blue sky for cover lines.
Raymond says: I drew the desert because I really want to go camping and I’ve never been! It would be good to see palm trees and bushes and camels and how it feels to be really hot. It’s a beautiful sunny day – like it always is in Dubai. I tried really hard with this drawing and I’m happy with the result but I still prefer playing football to art.
Wellington International School
Kayra Koc, 6
Why we liked it: The vibrant colours of Kayra’s felt pen drawing really caught out eye. The simplicity of the style works well for a cover and her character just looked so cheery.
Kayra says: I had the idea of drawing a rainbow and decided to put all the rainbow colours into one person. This boy is happy because Dubai is so nice and sunny and everything. He’s excited about going swimming in the sea and building sandcastles on the beach. My mum is a very nice drawer – she even created a book for my baby sister’s nursery class about a crab in a shell! When I grow up I’d like to do something like that.
Amelia Whiteley, 5
Why we liked it: The minimalist style is ideal for a cover and, a little like Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, we were curious as to what lay behind that smile.
Amelia says: You can’t really see it but her dress is done with pink sparkly pen. I love sparkly pens. And glitter. When you touch it, it’s bumpy and you get glitter on your hands and arms – look! [shows us her pen-spattered wrist] I love pretty things and swirls and the colours pink, purple and red. I love black too – that’s why her hair is black in the picture. I just decided to draw this girl with a happy face because she lives in Dubai like me and she has a house with flowers in front, a garden and a balcony.
Ahmad Neetoo, 5
Why we liked it: Ahmad’s striking silhouette of Dubai’s skyline at sunset has all the elements of a great cover – impact, stunning colours, clarity and space for cover lines.
Ahmad says: I love the sunset because it makes all the buildings shine and the air look soft. I’ve drawn my favourites – the twin towers, Burj Al Arab and Burj Khalifa. That’s my number-one favourite because it can be a hotel or a place for working and people can even live in it. And it’s tall. I used paints for the sunset and black card for the skyline and glitter for the lights on all of the buildings.