The Jury will shortlist 21 candidates in the first round of evaluation. Up to seven superior practices or projects from the shortlist will be announced, based on the award’s topics, by the Jury as the project of the year. All selected projects will be handed a certification and plaque of appreciation.
Eligible projects or practices will be assessed according to nine main criteria of equal weight. Documentary evidence will be required to enable the jury to reach the decision.
1- Stability: Paying attention to preserving natural resources, urban ecosystem, biodiversity, and sustainability
2- Resiliency: Preventing and standing against man-made and natural disasters, protecting, resisting and adapting to threats
3- Innovativeness: The extent to which initiative, creativity, and new projects or practices have been developed to address a major social issue
4- Effectivness: The extent to which projects or practices achieved or being underway to achieve the proposed objectives and other socially desirable outcomes
5- Replicability: The value of sharing good ideas in projects or practices in sharing good ideas with other cities or communities and the ability of projects to be performed in other cities
6- Necessity and importance: The importance of the projects or practices to deal with the problems and concerns of the citizens
7- Globalization: Tapping into the strategy of thinking global and acting locally to take advantage of opportunities and resist threats of globalization
8- Indigenous and local identity: Consisting a global approach and thought within the local culture and preserving local identity of communities, cities, and citizens
9- Efficiency: Goals or progress that projects or practices have met or made to reach desirable social purposes