The event will take place at the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Ramadan 1-20.
However, more full Quran memorisers from around
the world and foreign communities are expected to take part in the 13-branch
competition this year, according to Ibrahim Bu Melha, Head of Dihqa Organising
"The 20-year-old global Award, generously founded and sponsored by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, is gaining popularity year after year.”
Bu Melha, who is also an Adviser to the Ruler of Dubai for Cultural and Humanitarian Affairs, said the organising committee is all set to mark the special 20th edition of the award which was first launched in 1996.
"The award is to see a new contest on classical poetry for the first time this year, but winners will be announced and honoured later during the concluding ceremony to be held at the cultural and scientific association on Ramadan 20th.”
Prof Mohammed Abdulrahim Sultan-al-Ulama, Head of the Competition Unit, said they have decided on all the Contest Quran questions, as well as the names of the members of the arbitration committee, and UAE main and alternative candidates. "The examination system shall remain unchanged, though.”
All contestants need to clear the initial tests, following which they have to sit the final examinations twice; first in the afternoon at their accommodation and later at night after the Taraweeh Prayers at the Dubai Chamber stage, he added.
"Introducing Quran text in the software of the electronic arbitration system has pretty much helped the competent arbitrators to closely and easily follow the contestants’ performance without referring to the printed copy of the Quran.”
Abdulrahim Hussain Ahli, Head of the Financial and Administrative Unit, said the organising committee has made all preparations to receive the competitors, scholars, and members of the arbitration committee. "All visas and ID cards have been prepared as well.”
Saleh Ali, Head of lectures and forums unit, said the cultural programme of the award is to see an elite group of renowned scholars from Arab and Islamic countries, who will give lectures in Arabic, English, Malayalam, Bengali and Tamil.
"These include Sheikh Saleh Al Maghamsi, Sheikh Sulaiman Al Jubailan, Dr Saeed Bin Misfer, Sheikh Talal Fakher, Dr Omar Abdelkafy, and Sheikh Saeed Bin Ateeq who will be lecturing at the Dubai Chamber and Indian School in Dubai.”
Ahmed Al Zahid, Head of Dihqa the Media Unit, said 11 sponsors have thus far affirmed their sponsorship of the Award nights, but "more private and semi-government entities are expected to co-support the Award activities.”
Khalid Al Marzouqi, Deputy Head of the Public Relations Unit, said they are ready to receive and accommodate the high profile guests, lectures, and contestants. "Competitors will be accommodated at the Flora Hotel as usual.”