Dubai International Holy Quran Award
Sheikh Mohammed established the Dubai International Holy Quran Award (DIHQA) in 1418 (Hijri calendar) following instructions from Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Sheikh Mohammed sponsors the Award.
Annually, the Dubai International Holy Quran Award is given to people who memorise and recite the Quran. In addition, an Islamic Personality of the Year Award is presented to an eminent Muslim personality or an outstanding Islamic organisation.
The Award was established in order to encourage young Muslims to memorise and understand the Holy Quran, and to spread the Quranic values of peace and love.
Each edition of the Holy Quran Award is called a 'session'.
There is also a local competition - open only to UAE nationals - that concludes in the Islamic month of Moharram.
Khalifa receiving the Islamic Personality Award from Mohammed
Each session of the Dubai International Holy Quran Award commences on the first day of the Holy Month of Ramadan. During the first week, Muslim scholars deliver lectures on a variety of Islamic and ideological issues.
Between the 8th and the 18th of Ramadan, the Holy Quran Recitation and Memorisation Contest (Hifz) takes place, with a panel testing six to eight contestants daily. Only one contestant per country can participate in the memorisation competition.
The awards ceremony takes place on the 20th of Ramadan under Sheikh Mohammed's patronage.
First place: Dh250,000
Second place: Dh200,000
Third place: Dh150,000
1418 Hijri - Tariq Abdullah Muftah Ehmaid
1419 Hijri - Khalid Mahmood Alsadiq Qurab
1420 Hijri - Ahmed Mohammed Alsayed Alkhatib
1421 Hijri - Abdulaziz Abdullah Adam
1422 Hijri - Fadel Alrama Guni
1423 Hijri - Mohammed Gibreen
1424 Hijri - Hafiz Mohammed
1425 Hijri - Mohammed Ali Fadhl
1426 Hijri - Hussain bin Mohammed Fadhel Adheem
1427 Hijri - Abdul Hamid Al Ghuwail
1428 Hijri - Mohammed Fuzlur Rabbi
1429 Hijri - Fares Al Aagam
1430 Hijri - Mohammed Erchad Merba'i
1432 Hijri - Khalid Mohammed Salem Al Qandoos
Islamic Personality of the Year
1418 Hijri - Mohammed Mutwali Al Shaarawi
1419 Hijri - Abu Al Hassan Al Nadawi
1420 Hijri - H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
1421 Hijri - Dr. Yousuf Al Qaradawi
1422 Hijri - Dr. Alija Izetbegovic
1423 Hijri - Dr. Abdullah bin Abdul Mohsen Al Turki
1424 Hijri - Al Azhar University
1425 Hijri - Dr. Mohammed Saeed Al Bouti
1426 Hijri - Dr. Abdul Rahman Al Sudais
1427 Hijri - Dr. Zaghloul Al Naggar
1428 Hijri - Mohammed Ali Al Sabooni
1429 Hijri - King Fahd Holy Quran Printing Complex
1430 Hijri - Abdul Rahman Siwar Al Dahab
1432 Hijri - Hih Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan
1426 Hijri - Islam Fikri Mohammed Ibrahim Mahmoud
1427 Hijri - Fahim Mohammed Nour Al Deen
More information on the Dubai Holy Quran Award can be foundhere