Mmoshaya 2017’s most trending YouTube video in MENA

A screen grab from a video by Mmoshaya on YouTube.
Updated 08 December 2017

Mmoshaya 2017’s most trending YouTube video in MENA

YouTube released a list of this year’s top trending videos in the Middle East and North Africa on Wednesday.
Mohamed Moshaya, one of the first Arab creators dedicated entirely to family content, topped the list with a video of a compilation of his adventures with his three kids.
Like last year, all of 2017’s most trending non-music videos are by the region’s YouTube creators.
The results are also reflective of the diversity of YouTube’s audience in the Middle East. This year’s most trending music videos start with “Khamsa Adwaa” (Five Lights), a Saudi band made up of young girls. The list also includes Moroccan pop sensation Saad Lamjarad, as well as the hit single “Talat Daqat” (Three Beats) by Egypt’s Abu featuring iconic film star Yousra.
YouTube said the region’s watch time, second only to the US, grew by 60 percent last year, and by 90 percent on mobile. “We are proud of how far the Arab creator community has come, having tripled in size in the last three years. These channels grew not just in number of subscribers, but also in quality and variety, as content uploaded grew by 80 percent when compared to last year,” YouTube said.
Saudi Arabia currently constitutes one-third of total watch time on YouTube in the Arab world with 65 percent annual growth in watch time on mobile devices, of which the top content viewed includes entertainment, music and education. As for content creation, 25 percent of video uploads in the Arab world are from Saudi Arabia and 15 percent of the total watch time of local Saudi content is from outside of Saudi Arabia.
Watch time of female-led channels in the Kingdom grew by 75 percent in 2016. Moreover, the fastest growing female YouTube creators in the Arab world come from Saudi Arabia.

Top trending videos of 2017:
1. Top comedy sketch compilations by Mmoshaya
2. “The iPad Generation” episode by Swar Shuaib
3. Ramadan comedy sketch by Shady Srour
4. Lie Detector Test Challenge with Danyah Shafei by D7oomy
5. Wedding night comedy sketch by Nour Stars

Top trending music videos of 2017:
1. Five Lights — “HUSH“
2. Saad Lamjared — “LET GO“
3. Nasr Al-Bahhar — “Ma Rad Ilay“
4. Aymane Serhani — “Nebghi Djini Bsurvet“
5. Cairokee & Tarek El-Sheikh — “Al-Keif“

KAUST honors 243 students at graduation ceremony

Updated 17 December 2018

KAUST honors 243 students at graduation ceremony

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) awarded 243 master’s degree and Ph.D. candidates with their diplomas during its ninth commencement ceremony on the KAUST campus on Friday. 

The ceremony was presided over by members of the KAUST Board of Trustees, including Board Chairman Khalid A. Al-Falih, minister of energy, industry and mineral resources and chairman of Saudi Aramco, and attended by senior KAUST leadership and faculty members. 

Commencement 2018 highlights included the official inauguration of KAUST’s third president, Dr. Tony Chan, and conferral of the university’s first honorary doctoral degree to Ali Ibrahim Al-Naimi, former chairman of the KAUST board of trustees, former minister of petroleum and mineral resources and commencement 2018 speaker. The event also included remarks by 2018 student speaker and KAUST Ph.D. graduate Nada Aljassim, the first KAUST Gifted Student Program participant to receive her Ph.D. from the university. 

In his chairman’s address, Al-Falih said the event was “an occasion … to mark a number of milestones and celebrations … In the past year alone, KAUST has … achieved important advances in research, education, innovation and talent, all while making an impact … in Saudi Arabia and globally.” 

“KAUST has taken its place on the world’s scientific and academic landscape,” Al-Naimi said. “Ideas and innovations (from KAUST) … make a difference when they soar above our nation and around the world.” 

“As a university, we are looking forward to our next decade,” said President Chan, a member of the university’s Board of Trustees for seven years. “In my new position, I am really looking forward to the opportunity and challenge and becoming engaged with Saudi society in general.” 

President Chan noted one aim of his presidency is “to align KAUST’s mission with the Kingdom’s priorities — and in particular Vision 2030. The Kingdom is moving to diversifying the economy and toward innovation and technology, which align with KAUST.” 

Chan said: “We have formed a NEOM Center of Excellence at KAUST with the express purpose of working together with NEOM. One of our senior faculty members, Professor Carlos Duarte, is on the advisory board for the Red Sea Project. We have a KAUST Red Sea Research Center and we are located next to the Red Sea, which is a treasure for the Kingdom. We consider it one of our missions to support the projects going on in the Kingdom.” 

“KAUST is still very young, but we see ourselves as contributing to the innovation and economic development of the country and the development of human talent,” he added.