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Please read the terms & conditions of these Official Rules before entering "Project: Aloft Star UAE 2018" (hereinafter the "Contest") to be conducted by Marriott International (the "Sponsor"). By participating in the Contest, you agree to be bound by these Official Rules and represent that you satisfy all the eligibility requirements set out herein below.

  1. Eligibility: The Contest is open to legal residents of Arabic speaking countries in the Middle East region, who are at least twenty-one (21) years of age or older at the time of entry and not currently under contract with a record label (each an "Entrant"). Entrants may not be, nor may Entrants use in the Entry (defined below), parties who are subject to third party agreements which would conflict with Sponsor's use of the Entry as set forth herein or other terms set forth herein, including but not limited to, talent agent or talent management agreements, acting or modelling agreements, music recording agreements, merchandising agreements, production agreements and/or union or labour agreements. Entrants are required to hold a valid passport, and/or other necessary travel documentation (including without limitation any visas) and may be required to travel outside of their Territory on a specific date, Entrants must be able to travel on the date specified by the Sponsor and no alternative dates will be available. In the event that Entrant(s) are not available to travel on the specified dates, they shall be replaced with another Entrant(s). Employees of hotels that are operated under the Aloft brand (collectively, the "Aloft Hotels") and Marriott International Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. ("Marriott International"), and any of their parent and affiliate companies as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings and children) and household members of each such employee are not eligible. Each person who participates in the Contest is an Entrant. Participation in the Contest constitutes Entrant's full and unconditional agreement to, and acceptance of the terms and conditions described herein ("Official Rules"). Winning the Contest is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein. The Contest is subject to all applicable country and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

  2. Sponsor: Luxury Hotel Management MEA, Central Park towers, level 10, PO Box 213111, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Tax registration no. 10021780000003 "Sponsor"

  3. Contest Period: The Contest begins on September 18, 2018 at 00:01 a.m. Gulf Standard Time ("GST") and ends on November 6, 2018 (the "Contest Period"). The contest consists of five (5) phases as outlined below.

    Phase Start Date End Date
    Submission Period September 18, 2018
    (00:01 a.m. GST)
    October 6, 2018
    (11:59 p.m. GST)
    Jury to select the top participants to go to the next Phase October 6, 2018 October 10, 2018
    Public to vote for their favourite artist(s) out of the top selected participants. October 10, 2018
    (00:01 a.m. GST)
    October 23, 2018
    (11:59 p.m. GST)
    Jury to select four (4) finalists. October 23, 2018 October 26, 2018
    Final event and jury names the winner of the 2018 edition. November 6, 2018
  4. How to Enter: To enter, go to (the "Contest Site") between September 18, 2018 at 00:01 a.m. GST and October 6, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. GST (the "Entry Period"), where you can find a link to the Contest application on the Project: Aloft Star UAE 2018 tab during the Contest Period and follow the instructions. Complete the registration on the application, including a valid email address. By providing their email address, each Entrant consents to be contacted for the purposes of the Contest. Each Entrant may enter/upload up to one video file of their performance of one song performed by the Entrant. The submitted video file will be considered the Contest "Entry". By uploading an Entry, Entrant acknowledges that his/her Entry may be posted on Sponsor's website, on Sponsor's Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages or otherwise (collectively, the "Website") in Sponsor's sole discretion. Sponsor reserves the right to, and may or may not, screen, modify, or alter Entries prior to posting them to the Website. Entrant understands and agrees that Sponsor has no obligation to use or post the Entry submitted. ENTRIES POSTED TO THE WEBSITE ARE NOT ENDORSED BY SPONSOR AND ARE THE VIEWS AND OPINIONS OF THE ENTRANT AND DO NOT REFLECT THE VIEWS OR SPONSOR IN ANY MANNER.

  5. Terms of Entry Submission: In order for an Entry to be considered eligible to participate in the Contest, each Entrant hereby represents and warrants that (i) Entrant meets all eligibility requirements for the Contest, (ii) the Entry conforms to the Submission Guidelines and Content Restrictions as defined below (collectively, the "Guidelines and Restrictions") and (iii) in creating the Entry and entering the Contest, Entrant has complied with all applicable laws and regulations and has not violated any agreement or understanding by which Entrant is bound, including without limitation any confidentiality, employment, consulting, intellectual property assignment, copyright or license agreement. Entrant understands and agrees that Sponsor, in its sole discretion, may remove any Entry and disqualify any Entrant from the Contest if it believes, in its sole discretion that Entrant has not complied with these representations and warranties. SUBMISSION OF AN ENTRY GRANTS SPONSOR AND ITS AGENTS AN UNLIMITED, WORLDWIDE, PERPETUAL, ROYALTY-FREE LICENSE AND RIGHT TO PUBLISH, USE, MODIFY, PUBLICLY PERFORM THE ENTRY IN ANY WAY, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, IN ANY AND ALL MEDIA, WITHOUT LIMITATION, AND WITHOUT CONSIDERATION TO THE ENTRANT.

    Submission Guidelines:

    • Video file formats that will be accepted include mp4 and MOV file and less than 4 minutes in length.
    • Only one Entry per Entrant;
    • If Entrant is comprised of a group of individuals, the group must designate one person as the agent to enter the Contest and agree to the Official Rules and accept the Prize on behalf of the group;
    • No Entries will be acknowledged or returned;
    • By uploading a submission in the Contest, Sponsors and their agents shall have the right, but not the obligation, to edit, remove, modify, publish, license, print, transmit, display or otherwise use the Entry and all accompanying personally identifiable information the Entrant has submitted, via all forms of media now known or hereafter devised, worldwide, in perpetuity, without notice and without compensation for any business-related purpose;
    • Released Parties (as defined in Section 11 below) are not responsible for lost, late, stolen, damaged, incomplete, invalid, un-intelligible, garbled, delayed or misdirected Entries; all of which will be void; and
    • The Entrant submitting the Winning Entry shall grant Sponsor a royalty-free, perpetual worldwide license to the song, including but not limited to all sound recording rights, composition rights, public performance rights, and synchronisation rights necessary for Sponsor or its agents to publish, use, publicly perform, and modify the Entry in all forms of media now known or hereafter devised for the time of 5 years.

    Content Restrictions:

    • All Entries must represent Entrants' original song and work that: (1) does not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity; (2) Entrant has obtained the permission of each person whose own self, name, likeness or voice is used in the Entry; and (3) publication of the Entry via various media including websites, will not infringe on the rights of any party. THE ENTRY MUST BE ORIGINAL MATERIAL AND CANNOT INCLUDE RENDITIONS OF PREVIOUSLY RECORDED SONGS OR COVER SONGS.
    • The Entry must not disparage Sponsor, its trademarks, its brands or any other person or party affiliated with the promotion and administration of this Contest;
    • The Entry must not contain brand names or trademarks of any other party or entity;
    • The Entry must not contain text, images or artwork not created by Entrant;
    • The Entry must not contain material that is inappropriate, indecent, pornographic, obscene, hateful, tortuous, defamatory, slanderous or libellous;
    • The Entry must not contain material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on race, gender, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age;
    • The Entry must not contain material that is unlawful, in violation of or contrary to the laws or regulations in any jurisdiction/country where Entry is created; and
    • The nature of this Contest and the Website are interactive and public. By submitting an Entry, all Entrants understand and acknowledge that any materials, ideas, songs, music, photos or other communications Entrant transmits in any manner and for any reason will not be treated as confidential or proprietary.

  6. Determination of Winner: There are two (2) rounds of judging and voting to determine the winning Entrant (the "Winner") of the Contest:

    Judging to determine the shortlisted Participants to the Contest: From October 6, 2018 to October 10, 2018, a selection of the top eligible Entries will be selected by the Judges to participate in the Contest and their Entry will be posted on the Contest Site.

    Judging criteria:

    • Originality (0 to 25 points)
    • Content (0 to 25 points)
    • Quality of Performance (0 to 25 points)
    • Entertainment Value (0 to 25 points)

    Fans choose their favorite participants to make it to the Final: From October 10, 2018 and October 23, 2018. Fans may vote for their favourite participant(s). Limit one vote per person, per day during Voting Period.

    Judging and Voting to determine the Finalists: Between October 23, 2018 and October 26, 2018:

    Judges to regroup to decide and disclose the 2018 PAS finalists. Member of the jury will take the fans choice into account to select four (4) candidates to be the finalists of this 2018 edition. In the event of a tie, tied Entries will be re judged by Sponsor teams vote.

    Judging Criteria:

    • Votes from the Voting Period (0-49 points)
    • Originality (0 to 12 points)
    • Content (0 to 13 points)
    • Quality of Performance (0 to 13 points)
    • Entertainment Value (0 to 13 points)

    Please Note: Any attempt to use multiple e-mail or social media accounts or other tactics to enter or vote more than the stated limit may result in disqualification and all associated Entries and/or votes will be void. Entries or votes generated by script, macro, bot, commercial Contest subscription, vote-swapping sites, voting software, entering service sites or any other automated means and Entries or votes by any means that subvert the Entry/Voting process or do not conform to the spirit of these Official Rules will void the Entry/votes and may disqualify the entrant. Entrants are prohibited from obtaining votes, and voters are prohibited from soliciting votes on behalf of entrants, by any fraudulent or inappropriate means, including, without limitation, offering prizes, payments or other inducements to members of the public (including, without limitation, offering to trade votes), as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, and all associated votes may be void and such entrants disqualified.

    Judging to determine the Grand Prize Winner: The four (4) Finalists entries will each perform one (1) song live at an Aloft Hotel in Dubai, UAE in front of a panel of Judges on November 6, 2018. The Grand Prize Winner will be determined by the Judges. In the event of a tie, tied Entries will be re judged by Sponsor teams vote.

    Judging criteria:

    • Originality of Live Performance (0 to 25 points)
    • Content of Live Performance (0 to 25 points)
    • Quality of Live Performance (0 to 25 points)
    • Entertainment Value of Live Performance (0 to 25 points)

    Winner Announced: On November 6, 2018, Sponsor will announce the Winner at the live event at the Aloft Hotel where the Final will be held. Sponsor will subsequently announce the Winner via its Project: Aloft Star UAE 2018 Tab, Website and social media channels on or around November 6, 2018.

    Entrants agree that the Sponsor has the sole right to decide all matters and disputes arising from this Contest and that all decisions of Sponsor are final and binding. Any attempt by Entrant or Entrant's family or friends to vote more than the number of times authorised per day using multiple names or accounts or by any other fraudulent mechanism, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, shall give Sponsor the right to disqualify any Entrant in its sole discretion.

  7. Prizes: One (1) Finalist Winner will be offered by Universal Music Group ("UMG") a recording contract for the recording, release and distribution of One (1) single track (the "Single") that will be recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London and the production of an official music video for the Single at an Aloft Hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

    Prize and prize components are non-transferable and no substitution or cash redemption will be permitted unless Sponsor, in its sole discretion, determines otherwise. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize (or portion thereof) with one of comparable or greater value, at its sole discretion. Winners are responsible for all federal, state, provincial, territorial, municipal and local taxes and any other costs, expenses or fees associated with prize acceptance and/or use not specified herein as being provided including all travel and related expenses incurred attending any live performances. All prize details are at Sponsor's sole discretion.

  8. Requirements for Winner/Eligibility: Individual(s) who accept prizes will be required to execute and return to Sponsor, within five (5) calendar days of the date notice or attempted notice is sent: (i) a Confirmation of Eligibility, Liability & Publicity Release and assignment of rights ("Release"); and (ii) a License Agreement providing UMG with a royalty-free, perpetual worldwide license to the song, including but not limited to all sound recording rights, composition rights, public performance rights, and synchronisation rights necessary for Sponsor or its agents to publish, use, publically perform, and modify the Entry in all forms of media now known or hereafter devised (the "License"). If a potential winner cannot be contacted within five (5) calendar days, fails to execute and return the License, or is not in compliance with these Official Rules, such potential winner forfeits the prize. If a potential winner is disqualified for any reason, the prize may be awarded to a runner-up, if any, at Sponsor's sole discretion. Only one (1) alternate winner will be selected through this process, if time permits, after which the applicable prize will remain un-awarded. Acceptance of any prize shall constitute and signify Winner's agreement and consent that Sponsor and its designees may use the winner's name, city, likeness, photo, Entry and/or prize information in connection with the Contest for promotional, advertising or other purposes, worldwide, in any and all media now known or hereafter devised, including the Internet, without limitation and without further payment, notification, permission or other consideration, except where prohibited by law.

  9. Other Terms and Conditions: Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Contest, or any part of it, if any fraud, technical failures or any other factor impairs the integrity or proper functioning of the Contest, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. If terminated Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, determine the potential winner from among all non-suspect, eligible Entries received prior to the time of such termination using the judging procedure outlined above. Sponsor, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner and void all associated entries. Any attempt by any person to deliberately undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages and other remedies (including attorneys' fees) from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Sponsor's failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.

  10. Limitations of Liability and Release: No liability or responsibility is assumed by Sponsor or Contest Entrants resulting from any user's or Entrant's participation in or attempt to participate in the Contest or ability or inability to upload or download any information in connection with participating in the Contest. By entering the Contest, Entrant agrees to release and hold harmless Marriott International, Aloft Hotels, and Facebook and each of its related companies, Twitter, their respective parents (if applicable) and affiliates and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, shareholders, and agents ("Released Parties") from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Contest or receipt or use of any prize whether or not caused by the negligence of the Released Parties. Released Parties are not responsible for: (i) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by Entrant, printing, typographical or other errors or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilised in the Contest; (ii) technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines or network hardware or software; (iii) unauthorised human intervention in any part of the submission process or the Contest; (iv) printing, typographical, technical, computer, network or human error which may occur in the administration of the Contest, the uploading, the processing or judging of submissions or votes or the tabulating of votes, the announcement of the prizes or in any Contest-related materials; (v) late, lost, undeliverable, damaged or stolen mail; or (vi) any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from Entrant's participation in the Contest or receipt or use or misuse of any prize (including any travel/activity related thereto). Released Parties are not responsible for misdirected or undeliverable Entries or for any technical problems, malfunctions of computer systems, servers, providers, hardware/software, lost or unavailable network connections or failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmission or any combination thereof. Released Parties are not responsible for any unauthorised third party use of any Entry.


  11. Disputes: Except where prohibited, Entrant agrees that any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, the Contest or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court located in the United Arab Emirates. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, entrant's rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of the Released Parties in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the United Arab Emirates.

  12. Privacy Policy: By participating in the Contest, you hereby authorise Sponsor the right to collect, use, process, transfer and store all data provided by you, including without limitation, personal data, to the United Arab Emirates, or any location(s) throughout the world that the Sponsor deems necessary, whether within your country of residence or elsewhere, and with such party(ies) as Sponsor deems appropriate, for purposes of administration of the Contest. All information submitted to the Sponsor as part of this Contest will be treated in accordance with the Sponsors' privacy policies, available at Personal information will be used to: (a) contact potential winners; and (b) if an Entrant selects to receive additional information from the Sponsor on the entry form, to send additional information to that entrant.

Copyright ©2018 Marriott International. Marriott® and other trademarks and/or logos used herein are trademarks/logos of Marriott International, Inc. or other owners in the United States and/or other countries. Marriott International, Inc. shall not be liable for technical, pictorial, typographical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein. All rights reserved.

Privacy Notice : The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) provides a number of protections for the collection and use of your personal data. Any personal data collected from you shall be subject to the Sponsor's privacy policy located at and the GDPR. The Sponsor will only use your personal data for the purposes of this Promotion (as stated above), unless you provide consent signifying your agreement to any other processing or use of your personal data. You can withdraw your consent at any time by contacting