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In Saudi Arabia, vloggers break world record of largest virtual iftar

In Saudi Arabia, where the population is subject to strict lockdown during the month of Ramadan due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a group of Youtubers organised a breaking of the fast on Tuesday via a videoconference broadcast on Youtube. The goal of the operation was to beat the world record for the greatest number of live views for a virtual iftar.

Six Arab Youtubers based in Saudi Arabia broke the world record for the largest virtual iftar on Tuesday. In the Saudi kingdom, which has been under strict lockdown for several weeks now due to the coronavirus pandemic, Ramadan is only experienced within the circumscribed circle of the outbreak. It is thus impossible to have guests for the traditional iftar, or breaking of the fast.

250,000 dollars raised

Six famous local Vloggers therefore had the idea to organize a videoconference iftar broadcast live on Youtube with an ambitious goal: to beat the world record for “the most views for an Iftar on YouTube Livestream”. Iraqi Noor Stars, the Saudi Reporters duo, Saudis Omar Hussein, Mohamed Moshaya, and Asrar Aref, as well as Anasala Family Youtubers met on Tuesday, a few minutes before the iftar time, for a videoconference focused on games, laughter and gastronomy.

Broadcast on Mohamed Moshaya’s Youtube channel, the video has been viewed more than 3 million times. The operation raised $250,000 for the United Nations Refugee Agency through Youtube.