GEA launches shortlisting-stage for Quran and Athan competitions 

The GEA calls it the largest Quran competition and the first Athan competition. (Shutterstock)
Updated 25 August 2019
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GEA launches shortlisting-stage for Quran and Athan competitions 

  • GEA announced that it has allocated a total prize fund of $3.2 million
  • The winner of the Quran Recitation competition will receive a prize of $1.3 million, while the winner of the Athan competition will receive $530,000

JEDDAH: The second stage of Saudi Arabia’s General Entertainment Authority (GEA) Quran and Athan Global Awards has been launched, and will see the shortlisting of 42,000 applicants registered so far. 

Earlier, the GEA announced that it has allocated a total prize fund of $3.2 million for what it called the largest Quran competition and the first Athan competition.

The first stage finished on Aug. 18, and now the second stage will see the shortlisting of the registered applicants, participating from 162 countries.

24,766 competitors registered for the Quran recitation competition and 17,347 for the Athan competition.

In the Quran competition, Saudi Arabia topped the list with 9,082 applicants, while Egypt came in second with 5,184, followed by Pakistan with 1,822, Indonesia with 1,801, and India with 1,225. 

The remaining applicants came from a total of 157 countries.

The same five countries maintained their rankings in the Athan competition, which received 7,167 participants from Saudi Arabia, 2,872 from Egypt, 2,193 from Pakistan, 1,064 from Indonesia, and 956 from India, with the remaining also covering 157 countries.

The third stage involves live on-stage performances. 

The winner of the Quran Recitation competition will receive a prize of $1.3 million, while the winner of the Athan competition will receive a prize of $530,000.


Saudi Arabia to UN: Aramco strikes were ‘organized terrorist attack’

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Saudi Arabia to UN: Aramco strikes were ‘organized terrorist attack’

  • The letters stated that “all indications are that the weapons used in the Aramco attack are Iranian”
  • Saudi Arabia said it will take measures to respond to the attacks in accordance with international law

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia said that Saturday’s strikes on two Aramco facilities were an “organized terrorist attack” in a letter to the UN Security Council.
The Saudi Mission to the United Nations sent a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and another to the President of the Security Council Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzya and members of the Security Council on Wednesday.
The letters stated that “all indications are that the weapons used in the Aramco attack are Iranian.”
They also explained that Saudi Arabia will take measures to respond to the attacks in accordance with international law, and called on the UN and international experts to participate in the investigation into the attack.