According to the African country’s official news agency, the participants are from Arab countries in northwestern Africa.
A number of Muslim scholars and religious figures attended the opening ceremony.
The contenders, hailing from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Mauritania, are competing in the categories of memorization and Tajweed recitation of the Quran.
Winners will be announced an awarded in a ceremony on Tuesday, the 27th day of the holy month of Ramadan.
The contest is annually held under the title of Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz Award, named after Mauritania’s president.
The Islamic Republic of Mauritania is a country in the Maghreb region of western North Africa.
The country’s population is estimated to be about 4 million and virtually all Mauritanians are Muslims.