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EMKWAN (born on 19th March 1984 in Leicester, United Kingdom), is a YouTuber and social media celebrity who vlogs his life from Abu Dhabi and Dubai and reviews technology, luxury watches and cars on his YouTube and social media accounts. EMKWAN moved to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 2012 with his wife. He was one of the first YouTubers in the Middle East to be featured in national and international news and in 2014 Esquire Magazine wrote about him and said he "”. EMKWAN was awarded in early 2015 and the AHLAN Hot 100 award a year later.
|Affiliation||UK & UAE|
|Occupation||YouTuber, Social Media Personality|
|Years active||2010 - Present|
EMKWAN is married and has one son and one daughter. His family are from the UK. EMKWAN vlogs with his wife, son and daughter. His son is called Babykwan but doesn't show his son or daughter's face. EMKWAN lives with his family on an island in Abu Dhabi.
EMKWAN is most well known and active on his youtube channels. He has two verified channels with around 15 million video views and just under 80’000 subscribers on both channels combined. In 2017, EMKWAN was one of the first YouTubers and journalists to be given an iPhone X direct from Apple which he unboxed in his video. His most popular videos include iPhone X Black Vs Silver, How To Tie Arabic Scarf Emirati Gulf Style Headgear, Shemagh., BUYING MY FIRST ROLEX !!!, Working In The UAE - Dubai and Abu Dhabi (Vlog #76) and Nissan 370z 2014 Review.
EMKWAN started a YouTube channel calledin the UK where he used to wear a mask and do technology videos. These videos got him attention from brands such as BlackBerry and Nokia who sent him products to review. He also collaborated with .
He then removed his mask and opened a new channel called AVORAH TV. In 2013, when he moved to the UAE, EMKWAN changed the channel name from AVORAH TV to. In the same year he launched another channel that focused on vlogs and lifestyle related videos which he called .
He has collaborated with brands on both his channels including being one of the first bloggers allowed into the Apple store Dubai and Abu Dhabi in his video. He was also one of the first YouTubers to be given the Google Glass. He’s also featured Samsung, HTC, Twitter, Nissan/Infiniti, Bentley, Mercedes, Abu Dhabi Government, Hamdan Bin Muhammad Smart University Dubai. Emkwan has also featured luxury brands such as Rolex, Audemars Piguet, Emirates Palace and Jumeriah.
EMKWAN doesn't do YouTube full time but doesn’t say what his main work is. In 2017 he tweeted he was signed up to ITP LIVE INFLUENCER AGENCY. They also manage YouTubers like Mo Vlogs and Rashid Belhessa. They managed Logan Paul and Casey Neistat when they came to Dubai too. He has made some references in his videos and on social that he works for the government in the UAE and even posted a video from a military exhibition in Abu Dhabi.
We know he is an advisor to brands and agencies on social media marketing because in 2015 he vlogged from a government event for stoping terrorism and was quoted in the National Newspaper as a consultant on social and digital media. In 2016, he was listed as UAE’s 5th most influential social media influencer in the United Arab Emirates by Sermo's Global Index of digital agencies. This was along side people like Huda Beauty and others.
- Emkwan was awarded the Esquire Magazine Man At His Best award for Digital Influencer in 2014.
- In 2015 he was awarded the Ahlan Hot 100.
- In 2016, Emkwan was included in Sermo's Top Global Influencer Index for his work as an Influencer promoting brands online.
There has been much speculation online about how much EMKWAN is worth and how he makes his money with some references that he invested in online businesses relating to bitcoin, social media and digital media marketing many years ago. EMKWAN has been rumoured to have made money by being an early adopter in crypto-currencies including bitcoin, etheyreum and litecoin. He was an investor in two of the trading platforms. He shares his strategy and screenshots on his instagram and twitter accounts. He is regularly seen promoting brands as an influencer. In October of 2016, EMKWAN’S photo was used by a company claiming “” Despite all this, he keeps his work private.
Emkwan was an early and active user on twitter since 2009. He has a verified account with over 25'000 followers. He uses twitter to promote his YouTube videos and interact with fans and followers. When periscope originally launched, he was one of the first in the Middle East to be given access and regularly live streamed.
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