Saudi Qur’an and Athan contests prove a global hit

Saudi Qur’an and Athan competition, which aim to discover the most beautiful and influential voices. (Shutterstock)
Updated 12 August 2019

Saudi Qur’an and Athan contests prove a global hit

  • The competitions achieved global success during their first stage

RIYADH: Qur’an recitation and Athan competitions launched by General Entertainment Authority (GEA) Chairman Turki Al-Sheikh have achieved international success.

The competitions, which aim to discover the most beautiful and influential voices, are an innovative idea that has enjoyed a high level of positive engagement and participation from around the world.

Stories about the two contests, reviewing their details and grand prizes, were featured on the front pages of some of the world’s most respected newspapers in languages including English, French, Chinese, Spanish, Urdu, Hindi, Indonesian and Persian. This was in addition to regional coverage in newspapers in the Gulf states, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen.

The competitions achieved global success during their first stage, following the GEA’s decision to extend the registration period until Aug. 18 to accommodate the large interest from participants from all over the world, which has so far exceeded 30,000 people from 162 countries.


Saudi minister hails ‘special relationship’ with Japan

Updated 22 October 2019

Saudi minister hails ‘special relationship’ with Japan

  • “We share common values,” said Majid Al-Qasabi

TOKYO: Saudi Arabia has a “special relationship” with Japan, which is “reliable strategic partner and friend” of the Kingdom, the Saudi Minister for Commerce and Investment Majid Al-Qasabi said on Monday.

The minister was speaking at the launch in Tokyo of the Japanese-language online edition of Arab News, in the latest stage of its global expansion. The event came on the eve of Tuesday’s ceremonial enthronement of Emperor Naruhito in the Japanese capital. “This is a great opportunity, a moment in history,” Al-Qasabi said.

The news website, published in Japanese and English, will focus on enabling the exchange of information between Japan and the Arab world in business, current affairs, and arts and culture. “It will be good to have news in Japanese so many Japanese can read about the Arab world,” Japan’s Defense Minister Taro Kono said at the launch.

Common values

“We share common values, we have a high respect for the elders and we think that the family is very important … to me we are friends and I think we need to work together.

“In order to do that we need to know what people in the Middle East are actually thinking, what is happening on a daily basis, and we haven’t got the source for that — but now Arab News is in Japan.

“This is a very good means to exchange information between the Middle East and Japan, so I am very much looking forward to it.”