Yemeni-Emirati singer Balqees named in Forbes’ Arab 30 under 30 list

Balqees Fathi has been selected as one of the region’s most influential personalities under the age of 30. (@balqeesfathi)
Updated 07 March 2018
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Yemeni-Emirati singer Balqees named in Forbes’ Arab 30 under 30 list

CAIRO: Yemeni-Emirati musician Balqees Fathi has been selected as one of the region’s most influential personalities in the “Arab 30 under 30” list, recently revealed by Forbes Middle East.
The singer was chosen as the most influential personality in the music category.
Forbes credits her participation in the first female-only concert in Saudi Arabia last December as part of the reason she made the list. She also headlined the Sharjah World Music Festival in the same month.
The 29-year-old star was also a brand ambassador for Pantene in 2016 and for L’azurde, a jewelry brand, in 2017.
Forbes Middle East has issued its first list of Arab movers and shakers under the age of 30, who are revolutionizing their respective fields through innovative ideas.
“With over 60 percent of the population under the age of 30, the very first class of Arab 30 under 30 is a dynamic mix of social entrepreneurs, artists, celebrities and intellectuals,” reads Forbes Middle East’s website.
The list features Palestinian singer Mohammed Assaf, 29, who was awarded a recording contract and gained a legion of adoring fans when he won Arab Idol in 2013.
Another high achiever is the UAE’s new Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence Omar bin Sultan Al-Olama, who at 29 is responsible for selecting the learning tools for the country’s smart government services.
Egyptian footballer and Liverpool striker Mohammad Salah was also featured on the list. The 25-year-old is currently the second highest goal scorer in the English Premier League.
In October last year, he led Egypt to its first football World Cup finals since 1990, after having scored five goals in the qualifiers.


YouTube star KSI heads to Dubai for DSS Gaming Challenge

Updated 20 June 2018
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YouTube star KSI heads to Dubai for DSS Gaming Challenge

DUBAI: Superstar YouTube gamer KSI is set to jet into Dubai for the Dubai Summer Surprises Gaming Challenge, held at The Dubai Mall from June 22 to July 2.
Organized with ITP Live and PlayStation Middle East, the event will see regional gaming influencers MoVlogs, Saygin Yalcin and Tareq Al-Harbi joined on stage by the British phenomenon as members of the public battle it out on games such as PlayLink, FIFA World Cup 18 and Fortnite for the chance to win a raft of prizes.
From June 22-27, a special competition will offer shoppers who spend $54 at the mall the opportunity to play either a single-player FIFA game or a four-player PlayLink game for the chance to qualify for the play-off tournament on June 29 and 30.
The winner will then show his or her mettle in a gaming match with KSI himself on June 30 — he will take to the stage in the mall’s Star Atrium between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. local time, so if you are lucky enough to be in Dubai make sure you arrive early for a chance to see the Internet sensation.
KSI, whose real name is Olajide William “JJ” Olatunji, shot to fame in 2009 when he began uploading videos of himself playing video games onto YouTube. He now has more than 18 million subscribers and helms the 36th most popular YouTube channel in the world.
“I’m pumped to head back to Dubai this year to meet my viewers at The Dubai Mall for Dubai Summer Surprises 2018 and play at the Gaming Challenge event,” KSI said in a released statement.
The comedian, actor, rapper and soon-to-be amateur boxer — he is due to fight YouTuber Logan Paul in a hugely hyped match in August — has even found fame offline, with his album “Keep Up” reaching number one on the UK R&B Albums Chart in 2016.
The event is set to be hosted by high profile Bahraini gamer Ahmad Al-Nasheet, founder of regional gaming website DvLZGaME.