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YouTube launches hub for Arabic TV series dating back to 1962

The hub will feature more than 7,000 hours of Arabic television shows

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YouTube launched a new hub featuring 500 of the most iconic Arabic television series dating back to 1962 on Tuesday, meaning users will now be able to browse through more than 7,000 hours of Arabic series.

Dubbed “Mosalsalat,” the hub will feature bygone series from across the Middle East and North Africa and categorizes shows by genre and country of origin.

More than 250 of the shows featured on the platform are Syrian, such as “Taraef Al Arab,” a 1982 historical comic anthology of folklore tales, and the critically acclaimed first season of “Bab Al Hara.”

“With more than one billion users, YouTube is a platform where anyone, anywhere can access global and local entertainment. With launching Mosalsalat, we want users in the Middle East and North Africa to watch the best of Arabic television anytime they want. These shows have made millions over the past 50 years laugh, cry, and rejoice. We are glad to have been able to digitize a part of the region’s heritage,” Zain Masri, Marketing Manager for Google Middle East and North Africa, said in a released statement.

Mosalsalat comes almost a year after YouTube launched Aflam, a similar hub for Arabic films which currently features more than 1,000 movies.