The competitors stood out from among thousands of participants which applied for the competition. This year’s edition of the annual event was distinguished for a huge number of participants which reached 2,004 hailing from 18 Arab and 44 non-Arab countries.
Leading the number of semi-finalists is Morocco with six contestants followed by Iraq, Egypt, Syria, the Philippines, Indonesia and Algeria. Completing the semi-finalists are contestants from Jordan, Pakistan, Tanzania, Libya, Turkey, Yemen, and Iran.
From the 25 semi-finalists five will emerge as winners as chosen by a respected panel of judges based on style of rendering, voice quality and adherence to the rules of recitation, among other factors.
The winners will be declared during the final event be broadcast on Qatar TV at the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
To date, a total of 20 television episodes have already been broadcast, each of which witnessed five contestants compete for a slot in the semi-finals. Six episodes remain, five of which will determine the first five places with the final episode announcing the final ranking of the winners.
A total cash prize of QR1.5m is in store for the winners with the first place winner taking home a whopping QR500,000 followed by QR400,000 for the second place winner and QR300,000 for the third prize winner. The fourth and fifth positions on the other hand will receive QR200,000 and QR100,000 respectively.
The Katara Prize for Quran Recitation was launched as part of the Katara’s commitment to its leading cultural and religious role in the Arab and Islamic world. It was aimed at encouraging and discovering distinguished talents in reading and reciting the Holy Qur’an.
Under the official sponsorship of the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs, this year’s edition assumes a special position as it is being held as part of the activities of Doha, Capital of Culture in the Islamic World 2021.
Being one of the strategic partners of the year-long cultural celebration, Katara is organizing a number of activities in the form of exciting competitions during the holy month of Ramadan.
Source: The Peninsula