YouTube unveils new monetization tools for MENA creators

YouTube has introduced a new feature aimed at attracting more content creators and enabling them to earn money by pursuing their passion for creating and sharing content. This latest feature is an expansion of the YouTube Partner Program (YPP) and allows eligible creators from seven MENA countries, including Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Algeria, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, and Oman, to monetize their content.The YPP expansion brings fan-funding features such as Super Chat, Super Thanks, Super Stickers, and channel memberships to creators in the Middle East and North African regions, specifically in Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Algeria, Kuwait, Lebanon, and Oman. Furthermore, YouTube plans to extend access to these features to more creators from other countries in the region in the near future.To qualify for fan funding in Saudi Arabia, creators need to meet certain criteria, including having at least 500 subscribers, posting a minimum of three public uploads in the last 90 days, and accumulating a total of 3,000 watch hours within the last 365 days.Tarek Amin, YouTube's Director in the MENA region, said: “Creators are the lifeblood of YouTube and we’re committed to making it the most rewarding place for them — creatively, emotionally, and financially. We hope that this lower eligibility criteria will help support creators who are early in their YouTube journey, paving the way for a new generation of content creators.”

YouTube unveils AI-powered tools for enhanced creative expression in MENA

YouTube has unveiled a suite of upcoming AI-powered capabilities that will help both new and established creators and artists globally including across the Middle East and North Africa to create, edit, and share content in bold new ways. These AI-powered tools, introduced at Made On YouTube, will help unlock powerful new forms of creative expression, take the friction out of the creative process, and allow YouTube creators to reach more viewers.Showcasing the limitless potential AI can bring to creators, artists and the creative industry, today’s key announcements include:  The introduction of Dream Screen, a new generative AI feature to unlock creative expression on Shorts: YouTube will introduce Dream Screen, a new experimental feature that allows creators to add AI-generated video or image backgrounds to their Shorts simply by typing an idea into a prompt for creators. With Dream Screen, creators will be able to generate new, fantastic settings for their Shorts that are only limited by bounds of their imagination.    Since launching Shorts in 2020, Shorts has now climbed to over 70B daily views globally from over 2B logged-in users every month.  YouTube is bringing Aloud, an AI-powered dubbing tool, into YouTube so creators easily reach audiences well beyond their primary language.    Available to select creators, the feature is currently being tested in English, Portuguese, and Spanish.  Next year, YouTube Studio will tap generative AI to spark video ideas and draft outlines to help creators brainstorm. These insights are personalized for each channel and based on what audiences are already watching and interested in.    YouTube has been testing early versions of AI-powered tools in YouTube Studio with creators, and more than 70 percent of those surveyed said it’s helped them develop and test ideas for videos.Tarek Amin, Director of YouTube in the Middle East and North Africa, said: “We’re committed to helping creators across the region to thrive on YouTube by helping them to take their creativity to new levels through these AI powered tools which were designed with content creators and their needs in mind”.YouTube CEO Neal Mohan said: “At YouTube, we want to make it easier for everyone to create. Building on our long track record of innovation and our strong expertise in AI, we believe these updates will enable creators to push the boundaries of creative expression -- by making the difficult things simple and impossible dreams possible. Today’s announcements are part of YouTube’s continued commitment to putting the creative power into the hands of billions of people. This is the start of a new era of creativity, and we can’t wait to see what our incredible community of creators and artists do next.”