Breaking: Youtube Now in Arabic

30 Sep, 2010

Number 1 video sharing website owned by Google, YouTube now has an Arabic Interface.

The move is some how late for Google to bring an Arabic interface for YouTube, since most of its other services are already has an Arabic UI.

This move means local Arab video sharing startups such as iKbis and D1G which the later is headed by former Yahoo Data Chief officer Ossama Fiyad has become more and more irrelevant.

Last year, during a Arab Advisors groups telecom conference in Jordan, telecom executives said that 40% of Internet traffic in the Arab world is going to YouTube, now that YouTube has Arabic interface that number is most likely to increase.

Why regional video sharing sites could not be a match to YouTube? first the culture of citizen video creation is much more prevalent in USA and around the world, more than in the Arab world, most of the world does not speak Arabic, they are the majority of Internet users! Second freedom of speech is more guaranteed on Youtube, since it is based in USA ( we hope it stays like that) . Arab startups have to comply with local oppressive laws or risk going to jail. So Arab Internet users go to YouTube because they get content they would not find on sites such as d1g and Ikbis.

Youtube provides more value to Arab users than regional video sharing sites, specially that sites such as d1g contains many pirated videos.

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  1. Arabic Translation Expert  |  September 30th, 2010 at 1:05 PM #

    That’s good news. But statistics shows that the majority of Arab internet users tend to use English versions instead of Arabized ones (Facebook is a good example for that). Maybe because Arabic versions are always late and users got used to the English one.

  2. yasserjapan  |  September 30th, 2010 at 5:00 PM #

    salam
    it makes no sense to compare youtube to d1g, hhhh
    I use youtube everyday ; for myself and my site.

    thanks for the news

  3. YouTube Launches Local Version For Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Yemen - ArabCrunch  |  March 10th, 2011 at 5:05 PM #

    [...] After Launching an Arabic version, YouTube has started offering local version for Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Yemen. [...]

  4. منتديات همسات يمانية  |  September 3rd, 2013 at 2:38 AM #

    Arab Advisors groups telecom conference in Jordan, telecom executives said that 40% of Internet traffic in the Arab world is going to YouTube, now that YouTube has Arabic interface that number is most likely to increase.

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