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

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.


Students in Saudi Arabia to continue remote learning in September

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Students in Saudi Arabia to continue remote learning in September

  • The new school year is due to start on August 30, 2020
  • Intermediate and high school students will begin their school days at 7am, while elementary schools will begin at 3pm.

JEDDAH: Students of all levels are to resume the new school year through remote learning for a period of seven weeks, the Saudi Minister of Education Dr. Hamad Al-Shaikh has announced.
The decision was made after coordinated discussions with the relevant authorities as the Kingdom is still confronting the ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The minister said that an exception will be made for university and technical school students with practical curriculums who are required to attend courses in person.
Due to the pandemic, the Kingdom accelerated the e-learning process through its accredited platforms. Virtual classes will be given through Vschool.sa as teachers will be required to attend their virtual classrooms remotely. School curriculums will be provided on the iEN platform, the Kingdom’s national education portal.
The ministry and relevant authorities will assess the situation for the rest of the first semester at the end of the seven weeks and see whether to allow students to return to their classrooms.
According to the ministry, intermediate and high school students will begin their school days at 7am, while elementary schools will begin at 3pm.
The new school year is due to start on August 30, 2020.