Dubai set to launch first YouTube Space in Q2 2017

Dubai Studio City facility will give YouTube creators the tools and guidance to innovate and experiment with content

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Dubai set to launch first YouTube Space in Q2 2017 MENA region's most talented YouTube content creators will have free access to high-end audio, visual and editing equipment, in addition to training programs, workshops and courses. (Getty Images)
By  Staff Writer Published  December 12, 2016

YouTube announced on Thursday that it is joining efforts with Dubai Studio City to bring a YouTube Space to Dubai next year, an incubator space giving YouTube creators the tools and guidance to innovate and experiment with content.

Through this collaboration, the MENA region's most talented YouTube content creators will have free access to high-end audio, visual and editing equipment, in addition to training programs, workshops and courses. 

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 with more than 15,000 videos created. 

Lance Podell, director and global head of YouTube Spaces, said: "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 US 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, added: "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 partnership reflects Dubai's ability to attract the strongest and most dynamic content platforms to the UAE, and our aim is to leverage our shared experience in creating an enabling environment for the nurturing of a unique talent pool, and to empower them to generate inspiring and engaging content from Dubai Studio City."

The YouTube Space in Dubai Studio City is expected to launch in the second quarter of 2017 and construction is scheduled to start early next year.

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