The General Manager of the Cultural Village – Katara, HE Dr. Khalid bin Ibrahim Al-Sulaiti, announced that the number of participations in the second edition reached 1429 participations.
Dr. Khalid bin Ibrahim Al-Sulaiti stated that 18 Arab countries contributed with 1273 participations, and that 156 entries were contributed by 37 non-Arab countries. He pointed out that the Northern Arab-African countries took the lead with 597 participations followed by Egypt and Sudan with 498 participations, Non-Arab countries with 156 participations, Iraq and the Levant with 109 and the GCC countries with 69.
Al-Sulaiti mentioned that this edition introduced new modifications for participations process requiring that participants should read 3 parts from the Holy Quran, the duration of each part must not exceed 5 minutes and two parts of which should be read with Tajweed in accordance with the known maqams. He added, "This edition adopted the technique of reading with Tajweed while last year it was open and unspecified".
The Prize Competition Manager, Mr. Khalid Abdulrahim Al-Sayed, said, "The first jury committee already began its work in conjunction with the registration of participants to choose the top 100 participants.
Al-Sayed explained that the participants will compete through 20 episodes; 5 participants will compete in each episode, and one participant from each episode will be nominated for the semi-finals, which consists of 5 episodes, in each episode 4 participants will compete against each other and only one will be qualified for the final stage of the competition, where the five winners will be announced.
Al-Sayed noted that the final jury committee consists of 6 members; three members certified in Qira'at and rules of Tajweed, and three specialists in maqams and voices evaluation.
He stated that the 26 competition phases will be broadcasted on a special TV programme on Qatar TV during the holy month of Ramadan.
Katara has allocated five prizes worth QR1.5 million. The first-place winner will receive QR500,000, the second-place winner QR400,000, and the third winner QR300,000. The fourth and fifth prize winners will receive QR200,000 and QR100,000 respectively.
Katara Award for Holy Quran seeks to encourage, discover and recognise outstanding Quran readers and present their talents to the world. In addition, the award will motivate the upcoming generations to adhere to their religion and recognize their responsibilities towards their faith, and it will encourage them to fully understand and comprehend the Holy Quran.