Saudi YouTubers break world record for largest virtual iftar

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Updated 20 May 2020

Saudi YouTubers break world record for largest virtual iftar

DUBAI: A group of Arab YouTubers in Saudi Arabia have made history for hosting the world’s largest virtual iftar on May 19. 

The content creators —including Iraqi Noor Stars, Saudi-American Omar Hussein, The Saudi Reporters and Saudi Mohamed Moshaya, Anasala Family and Asrar Aref – broke the Guinness World Record for “Most Views for an Iftar YouTube Livestream Globally.”

“A historic day. The moment we broke a Guinness World Record for the largest virtual iftar on YouTube,” wrote one half of The Saudi Reporters Abdulaziz Bakr, alongside a screen recording of the digital iftar. “What we have achieved is because of your help. Because of your views, YouTube was able to donate $250,000 to the UNHCR,” he added.

His brother, and other half of The Saudi Reporters, Abdullah Bakr added “We made history and broke a record in the Guinness World Records. Praise be to God.”


Moroccan actor Youssef Kerkour receives BAFTA nomination

Youssef Kerkour is nominated for Best Male Comedy Performance for his role as Sami Ibrahim in the comedy series “Home.” (Instagram)
Updated 04 June 2020

Moroccan actor Youssef Kerkour receives BAFTA nomination

DUBAI: Moroccan actor Youssef Kerkour has landed a nomination for the 2020 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA), the academy announced on Thursday, after the awards were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The actor, who grew up in Rabat, is nominated for Best Male Comedy Performance for his role as Sami Ibrahim in the comedy series “Home.”

Kerkour, who is also known for roles in “Dracula,” “Redemption,” “Criminal” and “Marcella,” took to Twitter to thank his supporters. 

“Thank you all for your lovely messages this morning. It is a tremendous honor to be nominated in such stellar company,” the 41-year-old actor said.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

La famille MAISON @channel4 #home #season2

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The series, created by British writer and actor Rufus Jones, follows a middle-class London family who find a Syrian asylum seeker named Sami (Kerkour) hiding in their luggage while returning from holiday in France.

Kerkour’s tweet also paid tribute to Jones. 

“I must however say that there is a name missing IMO (in my opinion). That name is Rufus Jones. His writing will give you nominations,” he wrote.