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GEA competitions: 21,000 participants from 162 countries

GEA competitions: 21,000 participants from 162 countries

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Jul 31, 2019 - 19:02

RIYADH (Pajhwok): The General Entertainment Authority (GEA) of Saudi Arabia has announced its Quraninfo-icon Recitation and Athan competitions attracted a great turnout -- more than 21,000 participants from 162 countries so far.

Set up by GEA chairman Turki Al Sheikh early 2019, the initiative aims to provide a rich experience to the worldinfo-icon by highlighting the diversity of the Muslim World’s cultures, the GEA said in a statement.

In a recent statistic, GEA, which is responsible for the Saudi nation’s expanding entertainment sector, announced a substantial increase in the number of people registered in its religious competitions, which have so far surpassed 21, 000.

Participants in the Quran Recitation competition exceeded 11,000, while the number of participants in the Athan competition exceeded 9,000. Registration in both contests will continue until the end of July.

The competitions consist of several phases. The first stage will include receiving participants’ applications via the website, followed by the shortlisted of applicants from July 24 to August 23.

The on-stage live performances will take place from August 24 to September 24, and the winners will be announced and awarded throughout the final stage, which will run from September 25 until October 25.

The winner of the Quran Recitation competition will receive a prize of SAR 5 million ($1.3 million), while the winner of the Athan competition will receive an award of SAR 2 million ($530,000).

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