The Royal Institue of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the launch of its new global architecture award for the world's best new building, called the RIBA International Prize. The worldwide competition is aimed at recognising the building that 'demonstrates innovative and visionary design whilst making a distinct contribution to its users and to its physical context'.

Celebrated London-based architect Richard Rogers, head of the Grand Jury said, "I'm delighted to lead the jury for the inaugural RIBA International Prize, and look forward to discovering how architecture is reacting to and resolving issues posed by the changing demands of a global community. We look forward to establishing the RIBA International Prize as a new standard by which to assess and promote design excellence on a global scale."

In the Middle East, several new buildings are set to open within the next year, most notably the Louvre Abu Dhabi, which has already scooped the 'Project of the Future' award at the Identity Design Awards 2015. With celebrity architect Jean Nouvel at the helm of the architectural and design team, it might just be the region's best chance of a winning entry for the inaugural RIBA International Prize. 

The closing date for entries is February 9, 2016. For more information, visit RIBA.