Whereas 32 contestants have so far sat final tests of the 20th Dubai International Holy Quran Award (DIHQA), the audience was dazzled with an eye-catching exhibition for Arabic and Islamic calligraphy.
H.E Ibrahim Mohammed Bu Melha, Adviser to the Ruler of Dubai for Cultural and Humanitarian Affairs and Head of the Award Organising Committee, on Thursday night inaugurated the exhibition at the Dubai Chamber in the presence of Mr. Khalid Al Jallaf, Chairman of Emirates Arabic Calligraphy Society.
The exhibition, held in collaboration with the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), witnessed a variety of startling calligraphy pieces of arts, showcasing the Diwani and Thuluth scripts.
Renowned calligraphers, including Emirati artist Fatma Salmeen, who won the ‘Creativity Award’ from the Sultan Bin Ali Al Owais Cultural Foundation in 2015 in appreciation to her calligraphy masterworks. She was also honoured at two international calligraphy exhibitions in Kuwait and Thailand.
Present at the inauguration ceremony were H.E Saeed Mohammed Al Naboodah, Acting Director General of the Dubai Culture, who paid tributes to the Award and considered it a landmark in the rich history of the UAE. “It has much helped Muslims worldwide come closer and know better about each other.”
DIHQA has also encouraged the memorisation of the Holy Quran, and spread the values of tolerance and moderation in Islam, he added. “Naming H.E Shaikh Mohammed Ali Sultan-al-Ulama the Islamic Personality of the year is a well-deserved honouring due to his tireless effort in serving the Quran.”
Kuwaiti Anchor Sameer Al Gharib, who was the former director of the Quran Radio Station in Kuwait, praised the “perfect organisation” of the award which sees an incessant development locally and globally.
“The award has secured a higher level in terms of organisation, tourism, culture, creativity, and Islamic arts, let alone its relentless effort in serving of the Quran, supporting memorisers, and spreading moderate and tolerant culture of Islam worldwide.”
Official figures show that 32 out of 82 contestants have so far sat the final tests of the 20th Dubai International Holy Quran Award (DIHQA) in four nights at the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Those are from Russia, Maldives, Qatar, Chad, Denmark, Tajikistan, Burundi, Ethiopia, Morocco, Nigeria, UK, Philippines, Sudan, Norway, South Africa, and Kazakhstan, Egypt, USA, Thailand, Switzerland, Union Des Comores, Palestine, Mali, and Bosnia, Daghstan, Nepal, Brunei, Spain, Central Africa, Congo Brazzaville, Sweden, and Rwanda.
Eight others are to be examined on Friday night. Those include Ekaha Beitate – Mauritania, Alabdulmunim Turki Muqrin A – Saudi Arabia, Mukhamadali Umarov – Kyrgyzstan, Abdirahman Salad Aden – Finland, Muhammad Umair Karroo – Mauritius, Zakaria El Hallak – Lebanon, Muhammad Masum Nana – Barbados, Mamadou Diallo – Gabon, and Bubacar Bah – Guinia Bissau.
H.E Bu Melha said the 20th edition of the Award, named after the late Shaikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, God have mercy on him, is annually organised under the patronage of H.H. Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
“A big number of senior officials, diplomats, and sponsors attended the fourth night of the competition in the presence of crowds of people. All contestants are so happy to represent their countries in the Dubai International Holy Quran Award which has become a milestone competition worldwide.”
Meanwhile, H.E. Bu Melha honoured the Dubai Culture, Dubai Land Department, and Gargash Enterprises, for co-sponsoring the fourth night of the award in the presence of the members of the organising committee, a number of senior officials, diplomats, contestants, and the public.
Later, a raffle draw was run on a free daily Umrah trip granted by H.H.Shaikh Hind Bint Maktoum, Wife of H.H. Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-president and Prime minster of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, with hopeful reward for the late Shaikh Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum.