In partnership with Dubai Studio City, YouTube is launching its tenth YouTube Space in the world – and the first in MENA – in Dubai. YouTube Spaces are incubators that help YouTube creators with all the equipment and guidance they need to create content.
This space will provide free access to high-end equipment, trainings, workshop and courses, to creators from all over the MENA region, from Dubai to Casablanca.
This collaboration follows in the footsteps of nine other YouTube Spaces in Los Angeles, London, Tokyo, New York City, Berlin, Sao Paolo, Mumbai, Toronto and Paris. Since the first Space was launched in 2012, more than 150,000 people around the world have attended over 19,000 hours of workshops and over 15,000 videos have been created garnering over 165 million hours of watch time.
Lance Podell, director and global head of YouTube Spaces, says: “The MENA region has one of the world’s most vibrant YouTube communities. Talented creators are producing content for passionate audiences in a region that comes in second in the world after the U.S in terms of watch time. This collaboration with Dubai Studio City will help us support this incredible community of YouTube creators as well as continue to boost the growth of Arabic content on the web. We are happy to have our first Space in Dubai, a place of vibrant creativity from fashion, to media and advertising. YouTube is a home for all this content.”
Malek Al Malek, CEO of TECOM Business Parks, adds: “TECOM Group’s partnership with YouTube to establish the region’s first YouTube Space, reflects our commitment to creating an ecosystem conducive to innovation that will ensure Dubai remains at the forefront of a competitive global media industry.
The YouTube Space in Dubai Studio City is expected to launch in Q2 of 2017.