According to Mauritania’s official news agency, the Madina Munawwarah Mosque in the capital, Nouakchott, is hosting the contest.
It has been organized by the Islamic Affairs and Religious Education Ministry in two sections for men and women.
As many as 302 men and women have taken part in the contest.
A number of top Quran experts serve as members of the competition’s panel of judges.
Addressing the opening ceremony, Islamic Affairs and Religious Education Minister Ahmed Ould Ehil Daoud hailed the presence of prominent Quran reciters and memorizers in the contest.
He also said Mauritania plans to hold a regional Quran competition on memorization and Tajweed recitation of the Quran.
The Islamic Republic of Mauritania is a country in the Maghreb region of western North Africa.
The country’s population is estimated to be about 4 million and virtually all Mauritanians are Muslims.
Quranic activities and programs are very popular in the African country.