13 winners honored at Saudi Arabia’s King Abdelaziz Qur’an competition

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Prince Faisal bin Salman, Governor of Madinah, sponsored the ceremony and honored the winners. (SPA)
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Prince Faisal bin Salman, Governor of Madinah, sponsored the ceremony and honored the winners. (SPA)
Updated 12 October 2018

13 winners honored at Saudi Arabia’s King Abdelaziz Qur’an competition

  • The Governor of Madinah sponsored the ceremony and honored the winners at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah
  • Prince Faisal said the prize represents how blessed Saudi Arabia is for honoring the Qur’an's people around the world

JEDDAH: The 13 winners of the 40th King Abdulaziz International competition for memorizing, reciting and interpreting Qur’an were honored during a ceremony on Wednesday.

Prince Faisal bin Salman, Governor of Madinah, sponsored the ceremony and honored the winners at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah, where the competition was being held for the first time.

The contest was split into four categories. In the first, Ibrahim bin Abdullah Al-Saui, from Saudi Arabia, took the SR250,000 ($67,000) top prize. Malek Othman, from Jordan, was second, receiving SR200,000, while third place went to Nigeria’s Musib Guru, who won SR150,000.

In the second category, Haitham Safar Ahmed from Kenya came first, winning SR120,000; Obaidah Maan Abdul Salam Freihat from Jordan was second, receiving SR100,000; and Abdul Ghani Amin from Nigeria and Abdulqader Kindi from Libya finished joint-third, each receiving SR40,000.

In the third group, Mohammed Shahid Ismail from the Philippines took the SR60,000 first prize, with Sadiq Ali Mftah Khalid from Libya finishing second and receiving SR50,000. Yahya Bilal Yousef Yaqoub from Bahrain picked up the SR45,000 third prize.

In the fourth category, Amin Samir Hrabovic of Serbia came top, winning SR40,000, followed by Omar Farouq Bakrvotch of Bosnia and Herzegovina, who received SR 30,000. Third-placed Ahmed Halim Azur from Sri Lanka won SR20,000.

Prince Faisal said the prize represents how blessed Saudi Arabia is for honoring the Qur’an's people around the world through this competition, under the patronage of Saudi King Salman.

He also commended the role played by the Ministry of Islamic affairs, Endowments, Dawah and Guidance in supervising and following on organizing the competition.

Prince Faisal highlighted the king’s “unlimited support” for those who memorize the Holy Qur’an and his patronization of local and international recitation competitions.


For his part, Minister of Islamic Affairs Dr. Abdullatif Al-Asheikh thanked the king and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their constant attention to the Holy Qur’an. He congratulated the winners, wishing them success in their future careers.


Sunsilk’s Color Run returns to Riyadh

‘The Happiest 5k on the Planet’ is set to turn Riyadh colorful on Oct. 26. (Photos/Supplied)
Updated 16 October 2019

Sunsilk’s Color Run returns to Riyadh

  • The General Entertainment Authority is bringing The Color Run back to the Kingdom following the success of the Alkhobar event

RIYADH: The Color Run presented by Sunsilk is returning to Saudi Arabia! The countdown to “The Happiest 5k on the Planet” is on, with The Color Run bursting onto the streets of Riyadh on Oct. 26.
The event is part of the GEA’s efforts to attract top entertainment to Saudi Arabia. The Color Run — now the largest running series in the world — will be making its vibrant return to the Kingdom’s two biggest cities, with over 15,000 expected to participate in each location.
The Riyadh event follows the Kingdom’s extremely popular inaugural Color Run, which took place in Alkhobar in March and saw over 10,000 people run, jog, walk and skip their way along the 5 km course.
To date, The Color Run has been hosted in more than 40 countries with over 7 million runners participating in the event. It is untimed and sees thousands of participants covered from head to toe in an array of different colors throughout the course before collecting their medals at the finish line. The only rule is that those taking part must cross the finish line covered in color and have fun while doing it!
The non-competitive run is not only an opportunity to create perfect memories — and Instagram posts — but also serves as a celebration of health, happiness and individuality. The GEA, a core pillar under the Saudi government, is supporting the event as part of its continued efforts to enrich the lifestyle of residents as part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform plans and in line with the nation’s Quality of Life Program 2020.
The first of the upcoming events will be hosted as part of Riyadh Season, considered to be the biggest entertainment event in the capital city, with activities catering to sports, music, theater, fashion and much more.

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Tickets available at ksa.thecolorrun.com, children go free!

Ahmed Al-Mehmadi, executive director of communications at the GEA said: “We are thrilled to be bringing The Color Run presented by Sunsilk to Riyadh. We witnessed an incredible turnout in Alkhobar and we have every confidence this event will attract even more people who want to engage in a healthy activity that combines fun and exercise. Its vibrancy matches the aims of the GEA and the Quality of Life Program 2020 objectives to support and create new options that boost participation across cultural, entertainment and sports activities.”
Kristen Biegler, spokesperson for The Color Run said: “Since its inception in 2012, The Color Run has had become a global phenomenon, and we are very excited to be returning to Saudi Arabia. The response in Alkhobar was truly amazing and we are extremely excited to bring ‘The Happiest 5k on the Planet’ to Riyadh. Our top rule is that everyone has fun — it is up to you whether you run, jog, walk or even skip your way to the finish line.”
Once the 5 km is over, the fun will continue at the Finish Festival, a larger-than-life celebration equipped with music, dance-offs, fun and games and massive color throws, which create millions of vivid color combinations!