YouTube launches Arab world’s first creative content creation space

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YouTube's Dubai Space launches in Dubai Studio City. (YouTube)
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Once entering, you are greeted by a floor to ceiling abstract mural of Arabian stallions, camels and shisha-smokers. (YouTube)
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YouTube's Dubai Space comes with state-of-the-art studios and equipment. (YouTube)
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YouTube's Space also has an area where creators can get together, eat and socialize. (YouTube)
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Top Arab world YouTube creators speak at the press conference. From Left to Right: Iraqi Dubai-based YouTube creator Lowi Sahi, Sudanese Dubai-based YouTube creator Maha Jaafar, Iraqi US-based YouTube Creator Noor Stars, Bahraini YouTube Creator Omar Farooq. (YouTube)
Updated 19 March 2018
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YouTube launches Arab world’s first creative content creation space

DUBAI: Deep in Dubai’s desert dunes on the outskirts of the vast sprawling city, inside an unassuming, warehouse-like building, the world’s largest video-sharing website has created a high-tech, state-of-the-art space that it says will cater to the Arab world’s biggest and brightest vloggers.
After walking along a red carpet lined by bright, green plastic grass — and a surprisingly small reception area – you finally enter YouTube’s first-ever Middle East and North African “Space.”
Completely free of charge, this whole space – with everything in it — is allocated to YouTube creators with a following of 10,000 or more, while those with more than 1,000 subscribers are offered access to workshops and events.
You are greeted by a floor to ceiling abstract mural of Arabian stallions, camels and shisha-smoking patrons in a community area scattered with black and red barrel tables and an assortment of seating paraphernalia facing a permanently-installed video wall – the furnishings, we are told, are there just for the launch.
A window offers a glimpse from the community room into a 60 square meter studio, that caters for small productions — but offers a high-end, multi-camera set-up. Separated by a common wall, is a bigger 120 square meter studio for the bigger and more complicated productions, fully equipped with green-screen curtains and direct connection to a control room that sits above the whole space.
While creators can bring their own equipment, they need not worry as the most state-of-the-art and high-tech cameras, microphones and lights are available in the “Tech Cage” which nestles in the corner of the community area.
“In order to take it to the next level, as a YouTuber, you need a space to be able to work from, you’d need studios, cameras, equipment which is what this space is offering,” Bahraini YouTube sensation Omar Farooq told Arab News.
“The space allows you to go from an amateur YouTuber to one that’s professional and fully dependent on it for earnings,” Farooq, who has over 1.3 million subscribers, added.
YouTube creators have increased in the Arab world by 160 percent over the past three years, according to the company’s own statistics. Today, more than 200 channels with more than 1 million subscribers are spread across the MENA region, and in excess of 30,000 channels have more than 10,000 subscribers.
Speaking at the press launch of the facility, Head of YouTube Spaces in EMEA David Ripert said the Dubai Space is: “to be a hub where creators don’t just continue to make the videos millions of people have grown to love, but to also experiment with new formats and ideas made possible by the Space’s production facilities.”
The Dubai space is the company’s tenth worldwide, with other locations including Berlin, Toronto, Los Angeles, Mumbai, New York, Tokyo, Sau Paolo, Paris, and London.


Comcast offers $31 billion for Sky, going head-to-head with Fox

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Comcast offers $31 billion for Sky, going head-to-head with Fox

LONDON: US cable company Comcast Corp. submitted a £22 billion offer for pay-TV group Sky on Wednesday, challenging an already agreed but lower takeover bid from Rupert Murdoch’s Fox.
Comcast, which first outlined an offer at the same £12.50-a-share price in February, said it would continue to engage with the Sky’s independent directors with a view to obtaining a recommendation for its deal.
Twenty-First Century Fox, which already owns 39 percent of Sky, said it remained committed to its recommended cash offer for Sky announced on December 15, 2016, and was currently considering its options.
“A further announcement will be made in due course,” it said.
Fox’s £10.75-a-share deal has been held up to scrutiny by regulators, who have concerns about the influence Murdoch could wield through owning all of the broadcaster as well as his British newspapers.
In the meantime, Fox has agreed to sell many of its TV and film assets to Walt Disney, including its stake in Sky.
Comcast, the owner of NBC and Universal Pictures, said it was delighted to be formalizing its offer.
“We have long believed Sky is an outstanding company and a great fit with Comcast,” said Chairman and Chief Executive Brian L. Roberts.
“Sky has a strong business, excellent customer loyalty, and a valued brand.”