Dubai(1st November 2002)By S.Maadad of(Kh.T)
THE number of countries and Muslim communities which have confirmed their participation at the sixth Cycle of the Dubai International Holy Quran Memorisation and Recitation Competition, have so far reached 65 with many more expected to send in their nominations within the next few days, according to Khalid Rashid Al Thani, head of the financial and administrative committee of the award.
The new cycle of the award will begin on November 13 which is Ramadan 8 and the contestants from the participating countries will compete in reciting the Holy Quran before a panel of judges of noted scholars for 10 days at the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr Thani said. The competition will be preceded by a series of religious, social and cultural lectures by renowned Muslim scholars starting from the first day of the holy month of Ramadan. The lectures will also take place at the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
"The financial and administrative committee has completed its arrangements to receive the participants and the award guests coming from different parts of the world. We have made the flight reservations and the hotel bookings for the participants and guests who will start arriving from November 6," Mr Thani said.
Other committees had also completed their preparations for the event and for the concluding ceremony which will take place on Ramadan 20 at the Dubai Airport Expo. "A professional event management company is handling the concluding ceremony to be organised under the patronage of General Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and UAE Minister of Defence, the founder of Dubai International Holy Quran Award."
"The award has achieved in stature in the past six years since its inception an acclaimed position at the international arena. Countries are rushing now to take part in this prestigious event. This is indicated by the increase in the number of participants year after year," Mr Thani said, attributing the good reputation of the award to the support of Gen. Shaikh Mohammed, the cooperation of private and public sector and the wide coverage guaranteed by the local, regional and international media.
The countries which had already provided the award with the names of their representatives include Senegal, Iran, Niger, Nepal, Bangladesh, Kennya, Belgium, Bennine, Lybia, Kuwait, Tanzania, Morocco, Ghambia, Holland, Djibouti, Macedonia, Sudan, New Zealand, France, Central Africa, Egypt, Algeria, Panama, Turky, Nigeria, India, Tuju, Oman, Mali, Qatar, Zimbabwe, Saudi Arabia, Brunei, Myanmar, Cameron, Ghana, Bahrain, Mauritania, Palestine, Malawi, Thailand, Tunisia, Albania, Ivory Coast, Chad, UK, Ethiopia, Jordan, Guinea Konakri, Lebanon, Comoros, Somalia, Tajkistan, Indonesia, Uganda, Eritria, Yemen, Denmark, Australia and Mozambique among others.
Mr Thani, said that the concluding ceremony will witness the honouring of the winner of the Islamic Personality of the Year, Dr Abdullah bin Abdul Mohsen Al Turky, Secretary General of the Muslim World League (MWL).
"Dr Abdullah was informed about the award when he was heading a delegation from the MWL to Italy to explain the true image of Islam, the religion of tolerance and peace which is far from the religious extremism and terrorism, and which calls for the good of the entire human race irrespective of their cultures and nationalities," he said.