With its valuable prizes, exceptional jury and combination of Quran recitation and call to prayer, the international Holy Quran and call to prayer competition, which is organized by the General Entertainment Authority (GEA), has contributed to making Saudi Arabia a destination for talented people in reciting the Quran and the call to prayer from all over the world. More than 40,000 contestants competed to reach the final qualifiers for the competition in the Saudi capital, Riyadh.
36 contestants from around 80 countries came to the Kingdom to participate in the final qualifiers, hoping to win one of the prizes totaling SAR12 million ($3.2 million).
The competition, which allowed the participation of contestants from different nationalities, is an international stage for balancing the beauty of the voice and the perfection of pronunciation of the verses of the Holy Quran and the sentences of the call to prayer. The international jury plays its role in applying the necessary standards to control the performance of the participants and introducing viewers to the best methods of Quran recitation and call to prayer in the best way.
The GEA had made it possible for contestants from all over the world to participate in the competition through easy registration procedures using modern technologies that did not require travel. The number of participants in the two branches of the competition reached more than 40,000. Participations passed through four online qualifiers before reaching the final stages, which include 36 contestants who compete daily on Otr Elkalam (Scent of Speech) TV show at 5 pm, Riyadh time, on the Saudia TV channel, in addition to the Shahid platform.