Saudi Qur’an and Athan contests prove a global hit

Saudi Qur’an and Athan competition, which aim to discover the most beautiful and influential voices. (Shutterstock)
Updated 12 August 2019

Saudi Qur’an and Athan contests prove a global hit

  • The competitions achieved global success during their first stage

RIYADH: Qur’an recitation and Athan competitions launched by General Entertainment Authority (GEA) Chairman Turki Al-Sheikh have achieved international success.

The competitions, which aim to discover the most beautiful and influential voices, are an innovative idea that has enjoyed a high level of positive engagement and participation from around the world.

Stories about the two contests, reviewing their details and grand prizes, were featured on the front pages of some of the world’s most respected newspapers in languages including English, French, Chinese, Spanish, Urdu, Hindi, Indonesian and Persian. This was in addition to regional coverage in newspapers in the Gulf states, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen.

The competitions achieved global success during their first stage, following the GEA’s decision to extend the registration period until Aug. 18 to accommodate the large interest from participants from all over the world, which has so far exceeded 30,000 people from 162 countries.


The Hajjana: heritage of Saudi Arabia’s camel riding border patrol honored

Updated 30 October 2020

The Hajjana: heritage of Saudi Arabia’s camel riding border patrol honored

The Hajjana — fearless camel riders who patrolled the Kingdom’s borders — helped pave the way for the establishment of the modern Saudi state.
Their story goes back almost 90 years when a Hajjana border patrol was established during the reign of King Abdul Aziz in 1933.
After the Kingdom’s founder reclaimed Al-Ahsa, he ordered sea and land patrols to be carried out to tighten security in the region’s border areas.
Patrols were led by camel riders, so a military sector was formed at that time known as Hajjana. Its name was derived from their means of transport — camels.
Now, nine decades later, the Camel Club has established the Royal Hajjana to commemorate the group’s distinguished cultural heritage.
Since its creation in April, the Royal Hajjana has been preparing to take part in official reception ceremonies for King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s guests as well as national festivals sponsored by the king and crown prince.
It will also perform in Saudi heritage shows and represent the Kingdom in local and international camel festivals.
Hajjana officers became famous throughout the country after acquiring their name from the “hejin,” or camel. They protected the Kingdom’s residents from the south of the Empty Quarter to north of the Nafud Desert.
One of the founding king’s priorities was to provide security and protect the nation’s borders, so the Border Guard was among the first military sectors created.
The Coast Guard’s budget also included allocations for Hajjana officers, known as the Hajjana patrol commanders, whose role was part of the Frontier Corps.
Patrols continued to operate in southern regions until recently. However, the memory of the Hajjana remains fresh in the minds of the Kingdom’s border guards.