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Special TV channel to telecast Quran award

The 19th edition of the Dubai International Holy Quran Award will take place from Ramadan 1 to 20.

By Ahmed Shaaban/senior Reporter

Published: Wed 10 Jun 2015, 11:34 PM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 3:10 PM

Bu Melha (second from left) announcing the details of the Dubai International Holy Quran Award during a press conference. -Supplied photo

Dubai — The Dubai International Holy Quran Award (DIHQA) is all set to launch a special satellite channel to telecast the activities and events of the competition.

“A satellite TV channel is to broadcast the award’s activities on ArabSat and NileSat in cooperation with the Dubai Media Inc,” said Ibrahim Mohammed Bu Melha, Chairman of DIHQA organising committee.

Negotiations are on with other providers to telecast the award’s programmes across the planet.

The 19th edition of the international competition will take place from Ramadan 1 to 20.

Bu Melha, who is also Advisor to the Ruler of Dubai for Cultural and Humanitarian Affairs, said the 11-category award is supported and sponsored by His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

The award was founded by Shaikh Mohammed in 1997.

“The door is wide open for generous contribution from public and private entities to co-sponsor the diverse activities and events of the multi-branch award,” said Bu Melha.

The award will see Islamic lectures in Arabic, Malayalam, Bengali and Tamil at three different venues.

 “Open lectures will be given at the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, while women-only lectures will be delivered at the Women Renaissance Society.

 The Indian Academic School, Al Nahda, will host lectures for foreign communities.”

The sessions of the Holy Quran competition is to start on Ramadan 8 and continue till Ramadan 18.

“So far, 82 countries have confirmed their participation in the contest.”

Bu Melha said they have set up a new hospitality panel for receiving VIP guests from the very moment they arrive in the country until their departure.

“We have an agreement with the Dubai Protocol Department to provide luxury cars for dignitaries, while the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) will furnish shuttle services for the public and contestants.”

Bu Melha said the competition unit has decided on 500 questions for the qualifying and final tests.


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