Dubai: Contestants from as many as eighty countries have registered for the 19th edition of the 2015 Dubai International Holy Quran Award (DIHQA) to be held in the holy month of Ramadan, the organisers have announced.
The announcement was made by Ebrahim Bu Melha, Chairman of the organising committee of the Dubai International Holy Quran Award (DIHQA) on Monday.
“The committee contacted over 120 countries and communities across the globe and, so far, we have received confirmation from 80 countries,” said Bu Melha.
The annual event, which involves a series of lectures in various languages besides the main component of the Quran recitation competition, is popular with millions across the world, who follow it through satellite TV channels.
Held under the patronage of Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the 21-day event begins every year on the first day of the holy month Ramadan.
The initial segment consists of lectures, followed by the Quran contest that will conclude on the 20th day of Ramadan with a grand ceremony.
There is also a local competition - open only to UAE nationals - that concludes in the Islamic month of Moharram.
The Award was established in order to encourage young Muslims to memorise and understand the Holy Quran, and to spread the Quranic values of peace and love.
Each edition of the Holy Quran Award is called a 'session'. The lecture sessions start on the first day of Ramadan at 10.30pm, following which the main Quran competition will begin in the second week of Ramadan.
All Dubai International Holy Quran Award (DIHQA) sessions held at the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Between the 8th and the 18th of Ramadan, the Holy Quran Recitation and Memorisation Contest (Hifz) takes place, with a panel testing six to eight contestants daily. Only one contestant per country participates in the memorisation competition.
The winner of the prestigious competition gets a cash prize of Dh250,000, while the first runner-up gets Dh200,000 and second runner-up stand to gain Dh150,000.
The awards ceremony takes place on the 20th of Ramadan under Sheikh Mohammed's patronage.