The 8th edition of the annual competition saw the participation of students and teachers from 56 schools all over the emirate, according to Abdullah Ali bin Zayed Al Falasi, executive director of Dar Al Ber.
"Up to 271 out of 1,719 students and teachers managed to clear the initial and qualifying tests and won the prizes of Dar Al Ber Quran and Sunnah competition, worth Dh850,000."
The popular contest, organized in collaboration with the Ajman Education Zone, witnessed 313 Emirati students and teachers, he added. "As many as 690 participants cleared the qualifying tests against 1,029 who could not make it, but were also honored with some gifts."
The 1,719 contestants included 889 under the Quran branch in comparison to 626 in the Hadith branch, and 203 in the Islamic Fiqh 'Jurisprudence' branch, Al Falasi explained. "The 271 winners honored by Dr Sheikh Majid bin Saeed Al Nuaimi, Chairman, Ruler's Court, Ajman, included 150 female and 121 male contestants," he said, KTimes reported.
"Up to 1,077 participants came from private schools against 641 from public ones, in a noble race for big prizes which hit up to Dh850,000 this year."
Al Falasi said the 8th edition of the competition this year saw two new branches. "These included the Scientific Research branch that focused on the legacy of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, while the second was for 'Mothers'."
The 'Scientific Research' branch saw 19 participants against 63 for the 'Mothers' section, he stated. "With these two new branches, the competition has grown to five sections."
Abdullah Ahmad, grade-2 student of the Dean International School, said he was so happy to chip in the competition. "This is my second time to compete in this popular competition which helped me tighten my memorization and perfect my recitation."
His elder sister, Nada Ahmad, Grade-7, said the competition is growing big every year. "My parents have always encouraged me to have the honor of memorizing the Quran."