All users of Anghami, the MENA region’s leading music and entertainment streaming platform, have a reason to celebrate because Rotana Music Holding, the largest record label and music repertoire holder in the Arab world, has just agreed to bring its large music library back to the platform.
We say “back” because Rotana was one of Anghami’s key partners when the service launched in 2012. The partnership ended when Rotana decided to move its copyrighted content to Deezer, which is partially owned by Rotana’s owner Al Waleed Bin Talal.
Anghami’s recent growth following its listing on the NASDAQ stock exchange on 4 February 2022, which caused its shares to grow by 80 percent and its market capitalization to exceed $500 million, might be a reason why the two companies are partners again.
Rotana’s music library includes some of the most popular Arab artists, such as Mohammad Abdo, Abdul Majeed Abdullah, Rashid Al Majid, Abdullah Al Ruwaished, Majed Al Mohandes, Rabeh Saqr, Nawal Al Kuwaitiya, and Ahlam.
The agreement for the partnership was signed Salem Al Hindi, CEO of Rotana Music Holding and Eddy Maroun, Anghami’s co-founder and CEO.
“We are thrilled to commence this partnership with Anghami, which will also strengthen the relationship between Rotana and its artists,” said Salem Al Hindi. “Rotana and its artists. We are confident that this collaboration will expand the business even further with the purpose of reaching Rotana music fans across the world.”
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Eddy Maroun said that he was delighted to welcome Rotana to Anghami. “There is no better way to celebrate Anghami’s tenth year and next chapter, than expanding our library of 72 million songs to include Rotana’s authentic Arabic content and rewarding fans with a wealth of original tracks,” he added.
The partnership with Rotana is expected to attract even more listeners to Anghami, which already has 75 million users from around the world.
UAE Comes Out Strongly In Guinness World Records 2023
Guinness, the renowned cataloger of record-breaking events, has released its latest annual, after sifting through 40,000 applications — and the Arab world is heavily featured.
Guinness World Records, the authority on record-breaking global achievements, has just announced its latest release, “Guinness World Records 2023 (GWR2023),” which will be available online and in physical stores across the Arab region from today.
As usual, GWR 2023 features all of the latest achievements from around the world (and space!), with special features and updated graphics to bring the stories to life.
So why the interest in the latest Guinness installment? Well, it turns out the Arab Region is strongly represented in the book, with more than 50 records featured in the new edition, which is no mean feat considering the volume of competition.
“We’ve sifted through nearly 40,000 record applications over the past year to bring you Guinness World Records 2023. People from all walks of life continue to be fascinated by extremes, and we’ve received claims from across the planet – indeed, even from space! This is why I’ve said the new edition is out of this world,” says Craig Glenday, Guinness Editor in Chief.
Of interest to readers of this platform, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates both get to flex their record-breaking muscles.
Saudi Arabia claims the title of “Largest LED Structure and Suspended Ornament” courtesy of the Noor Riyadh Festival, as well as other weird and wonderful titles, including the “Largest Lego Formula 1 Car”, as well as perhaps more prestigious honors, such as “Largest Mirrored Building”, “Largest Clock Face”, “Tallest Lighthouse” and the “Largest Geodesic Dome”.
Not to be outdone, the UAE has claimed several humanitarian record-breaking titles, including the “Longest Video Livestream” (by The Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives and pan Arab influencer Hassan Suleiman), the “Largest Donation for Medical Treatment”, and the “Most Awareness Ribbons Made in One Hour”.
On the tech front, the UAE also claims several prestigious firsts, including “First 3D-Printed Laboratory”, while the world-renowned Burj Khalifa hangs on to its title of “World’s Tallest Building”.