Six of the Arab world’s leading online entertainers have decided to band together and host a virtual iftar to help their followers feel more connected and overcome a sense of isolation, as COVID-19 keeps everyone apart this Ramadan.
In addition to providing an opportunity for fans, family, and friends to enjoy the fast-breaking meal “together” online, they will also try to set a new Guinness World Record for the “Most Views for an Iftar YouTube Livestream Globally,” tomorrow evening.
The initiative is the brainchild of Iraqi fashion YouTuber Noor Stars, Saudi-American Omar Hussein, and their Saudi Arabian counterparts “The Saudi Reporters” (twins Abdulaziz and Abdullah Bakr), family vlogger Mohamed Moshaya, and lifestyle stars the Ansala Family and Asrar Aref.
“Ramadan is usually a time where friends and family gather in mosques and homes to break the fast and pray together,” said Moshaya, who has 16.7 million YouTube subscribers.
“However with this global pandemic, Ramadan this year feels very different, which is why I decided to enlist a couple of my friends in the YouTube community to come together and turn this moment of isolation into celebration,” he explained.
Comedy duo “The Saudi Reporters” said they are excited to take part in the record breaking challenge.
“As content creators and YouTubers we love entertaining people, and especially in these difficult times we feel it’s our duty to do whatever we can to help people get through this pandemic even with something as small as drawing a smile on people’s faces,” the Bakr twins said.
The six Arab world YouTube stars are calling for their combined online following of 45 million subscribers to join them on Mohamed Moshaya’s channel for an hour-long online iftar starting at 7 p.m. GST on May 19.