In a move to help support the Middle East and North Africa’s growing community of content creators by giving them access to high-tech production space, YouTube has opened the region’s firsts YouTube Space in Dubai Studio City.
As the tenth such facility opened by YouTube around the globe, the Space will give YouTube content creators free access to visual, audio and editing equipment, as well as workshops, training programs and courses.
Since the first launch of the program in 2012, over 440,000 creators have used the nine other spaces around the world according to YouTube.
The head of YouTube Spaces in Europe, Middle East, and Africa, David Ripert said that creators are the heartbeat of YouTube and supporting them has long been one of their major priorities. He said that they are proud about the swift rise in Arabic content on YouTube, which has been spearheaded by a diverse and growing community of creators from various parts of the Arab World.
Ripert also said that YouTube wants the Dubai Space to be a hub where creators don’t only continue to make the videos millions of people have grown to love but to also to toy with new formats and notions made possible by the Space’s production facilities.
Managing director of Dubai Studio City, Majed Al Suwaidi said that the opening of the YouTube Space in Dubai is an important move that will empower individuals to create and develop content, and in return work towards the industry’s growth.
YouTube channels that have a thousand or more subscribers will have access to the events and workshops held at the Space, whereas creators that have more than 10,000 followings will be given access to use its production facilities. The production lab includes a couple of sound-proof studios, editing equipment, modern cameras and microphones as well as a control room.
The workshops that are to be held at the Space will be geared towards the needs of creators, and it will include topics ranging from creative development and production to the development of business and engagement with advertisers. Before being allowed to access the Space’s services, all creators will be required to attend a day-long workshop.
Until after Ramadan, production slots will be limited, when eligible creators will be able to book production sessions through an online booking form.
YouTube data show that the number of channels in the MENA region has in the last 3 years increased 160%. There region has over 200 channels with more than a million subscribers.