Pakistani Youtubers To Watch Out For

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Updated 17 March 2019
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Pakistani Youtubers To Watch Out For

  • Pakistanis have joined a global community of YouTube influencers
  • Young stars have become key faces of Pakistan’s growing online entertainment community

ISLAMABAD: In January 2016, Pakistan lifted a three-year ban on the Google-owned video sharing website, YouTube. 

Since then, a great number of young Pakistanis have taken to uploading their talents online, joining a huge and enthusiastic global community of YouTube influencers and celebrities.

Below, we list some of the most popular and upcoming Pakistani content creators who have wholly embraced the return of YouTube since 2015 and are bringing comedy, beauty, fashion, travel and more to their subscribers.

Irfan Junejo 

With over 600,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel and hundreds of thousands of followers across social media platforms, Irfan Junejo is easily the most recognizable YouTube star out of Pakistan. Junejo began vlogging (video blogging) two years ago, detailing his life, his rants and his travels around Pakistan and the world. He is known for his simple, thoughtfully edited videos and rose quickly to become one of the key faces of Pakistan’s growing online entertainment community.

Mooroo

Karachi-based musician Taimoor Salahuddin aka Mooroo has over 400,000 subscribers to his YouTube channel, Mooroosicity. With his frank, endearing and often humorous videos, he has become a YouTube sensation as a writer, director, collaborating comedian and musician. Personal videos, where he shares musings and snippets of his daily life are wildly popular and his wedding video has been viewed over a million times since he uploaded it earlier this year.

Umar Khan

With close to 400,000 combined followers on his YouTube and Instagram pages, NCA graduate Umar Khan or Ukhano as he is more popularly known, has given Pakistani content creation a fun twist. His YouTube channel is filled with beautifully shot videos and humorous vlogs detailing his life and travels. His legions of fans follow his videos intently, some of which include collaborations with celebrities, films, and sports teams like Pakistan Super League’s Peshawar Zalmi whose entire current season he has filmed up close and personal for their fans and his.

Fatima Irfan Shaikh

YouTube personality Fatima Irfan Shaikh has been sharing beauty hacks, tutorials and makeup reviews out of Pakistan on her channel ‘Glossips’ for her over 200,000 enthusiastic subscribers, most of them women. Interspersed with some vlogs of her own life, Shaikh stands out for her tutorials on skin and makeup products that cater to the South Asian and Pakistani woman, often ignored in the wider world of beauty.

Mohammad Wasif

Mohammad Wasif is a newer member of the YouTube community- an artist and photographer documenting his travels beautifully around Pakistan and across the border in India, with some content getting over a million views.

Momina Sibtain, Momina’s Mixed Plate

One of the more recent arrivals on YouTube is editor, journalist and a frequent fixture of best dressed lists, Momina Sibtain. Sibtain started her channel ‘Momina’s Mixed Plate,’ a year ago and has quickly started amassing followers in the thousands for her slick, well-edited videos which hold intimate interviews with celebrities (think Mahira Khan, Hareem Farooq and Syra Shahroz), styling tips and fashion and beauty collaborations all injected with her personality, her distinct laugh and relatable humour.


‘Age-Old Cities’ exhibition in Riyadh museum breathes new life into ancient sites 

Updated 19 April 2019
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‘Age-Old Cities’ exhibition in Riyadh museum breathes new life into ancient sites 

  • National Museum in Riyadh hosts digital show that tells the story of Mosul, Palmyra, Aleppo and Leptis Magna

JEDDAH: An exhibition that uses digital technology to revive the region’s ancient sites and civilizations that have been destroyed or are under threat due to conflict and terrorism opened at the National Museum in Riyadh on April 18.

“Age-Old Cities” tells the story of four historically significant cities that have been devastated by violence: Mosul in Iraq, Palmyra and Aleppo in Syria, and Leptis Magna in Libya. 

Using stunning giant-screen projections, virtual reality, archival documents and images, and video testimonials from inhabitants of the affected sites, the immersive exhibition transports visitors back in time and presents the cities as they were in their prime. 

It charts their journey from the origins of their ancient civilizations to their modern-day state, and presents plans for their restoration and repair. 

The exhibition has been organized by the Ministry of Culture in collaboration with the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris. Riyadh is the first stop outside the French capital on the exhibition’s global tour. 

The exhibition follows last month’s unveiling of the Kingdom’s new cultural vision, which included the announcement of several initiatives, including a new residency scheme for international artists to practice in the Kingdom and the establishment of the Red Sea International Film Festival. 

Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al-Saud, minister of culture, said: “I am delighted to welcome the ‘Age-Old Cities’ exhibition to Riyadh. 

“It highlights the importance of heritage preservation, particularly here in the Middle East, and the vulnerability of some of our historic sites. 

“It must be the responsibility of governments to put an end to this damage and neglect, and to put heritage at the heart of action, investment, and policy.

“I will be encouraging my fellow members of government to attend this eye-opening exhibition in our National Museum, and hope to work in the future with partners, governments and experts to do what we can to secure our region’s heritage.”

The exhibition carries a significant message about the importance of preserving and protecting these precious but fragile sites — one which resonates strongly in the week when one of the world’s most-famous heritage sites, Paris’ Notre-Dame Cathedral, went up in flames.