Somali expelled from Quran competition in UAE.
Somali expelled from Quran competition in UAE
The United Arab Emirates have expelled a Somali national who was taking part in an annual Quranic competition.
Somali resident Abdurahman Ibrahim Hassan, who was in Dubai at the time, told Anadolu Agency that Ismail was told he could not continue in the competition as a representative from Somalia.
"Ismail Madar, was taken to the Dubai International Airport and deported back to Somalia by Emirati security personnel" according to Hassan who witnessed the deportation.
The Dubai has yet to comment on the incident.
The annual Dubai International Holy Quran Award is during Ramadan and sponsored by the Dubai government.
A top prize of $68,000 is awarded to the winner, 54,000 for second place and $40,800 for third place, according to local media.