Hisham Fageeh: Comedy by coincidence

Updated 12 August 2013

Hisham Fageeh: Comedy by coincidence

It all began when 25-year-old student Hisham Fageeh uploaded YouTube videos to communicate with his sister and update her about his daily life in a comical way. His videos received much acclaim from viewers who watched and shared his videos on social media networks. The ideas behind the videos are not cohesive because they represent Fageeh’s daily encounters and different inspiring moments.
His viewership expanded to span the entire Saudi community when he turned his initiative into a comedy and entertainment channel.
Fageeh and his sister often talk to each other impersonating characters and this is how the videos are taped. According to him, it was all a coincidence; he was supposed to post a video on his Facebook account but encountered some difficulties uploading the video, and opted instead to post it on YouTube. He enjoyed it and found himself uploading more videos.
At first, he received 20 views, then 60 and soon the numbers began to increase by the day, until one day he shared a video at night and woke up to 30,000 views and messages in his inbox.
As Fageeh rose to fame, many other Saudi comedians began approaching him, asking him to contribute to their online shows. He later participated in another YouTube comedy show called “Zizo and Fiss”. The show is a short series about twin brothers oppressed by their overprotective mother and driven to lose all sense of reality.
Fageeh is now participating and hosting different comedy shows both within the Kingdom and abroad. Fageeh has almost 134,110 followers on Twitter, and his YouTube channel, entitled “Hisham Comedy” has more than 54,603 subscriptions and more than 7,775,754 views.

Saudi ICT sector holds key to growth, forum told

Updated 20 March 2019

Saudi ICT sector holds key to growth, forum told

  • 5G will be used in 30% of big cities in Saudi Arabia by 2020
  • 90% of KSA has 4G technology coverage, including remote centers and villages

RIYADH: Information and communications technology (ICT) is one of the main drivers of development in today’s world, a Riyadh forum on “Digital Transformation for an Ambitious Country” has been told.

In his opening speech to the annual Communications and Information Technology Indicators Forum, Abdul Aziz Al-Ruwais, governor of the Communications and Information Technology Commission, said the ICT sector stimulated productivity, enhanced competitiveness and encouraged innovation.

On Wednesday, the Saudi minister of communications and information technology, Abdullah bin Amer Al-Sawaha, joined regional and global leaders in the ICT sector, telecom executives and government officials at the forum.

Al-Ruwais said that ICT has been used to “develop strategies and regulatory policies that can guarantee the availability of infrastructure, basic apparatus and services in all regions of the Kingdom.”

“In order to facilitate the mission of researchers, experts and those interested in telecommunication services indicators, the Communications and Information Technology Commission established an electronic platform that allows the user to have access to indicators and statistics related to the sector. This platform enables the user to view the indicators in the form of tables and detailed graphs,” he said.

Al-Ruwais said the commission has achieved 90 percent coverage of 4G technologies in the Kingdom, including remote centers and villages.

He said the authority has issued temporary licenses for fifth-generation networks, equipping 153 sites with 5G in nine cities. So far, 680 trials were conducted for 5G.

He said that ICT services achieved high indicators during the 2017 Hajj season, with local and international calls totaling 439 million through 16,000 base stations.

Mufarreh Nahari, director of Market Studies at CITC, said: “It is expected that by 2020 the experimental uses of 5G will be fully completed and they will be ready to launch the official 5G sim by then. By the end of 2020 we expect that 5G will be used in 30 percent of the big cities in Saudi Arabia.”

The past three years have seen an increase in internet usage. In 2018, two-thirds of Internet users in the Kingdom used the internet for more than four hours a day, said Nahari.

Ammar Al-Ansari, department head of Country Digital Acceleration at Cisco, said: “The agreements signed by the crown prince during his overseas visits led to the introduction of a number of artificial intelligence (AI) techniques, including virtual schools and smart classrooms.” 

Seven schools in Saudi have a live stream for teachers to connect with their students. They may be 250 km to 300 km apart, but an active learning session takes place between students and educators.

Al-Ansari displayed a video from a teacher in Jeddah giving lessons to students in the northern region via a smart board. AI was used to monitor and analyze students’ attention spans. 

The analysis will help educators update traditional teaching methods.