YALA Yalla Group Limited

Kerry Gao Investor Relations, Director
Tao Yang Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Saifi Ismail President
Karen Hu Chief Financial Officer
Jeff Xu Chief Operating Officer
Bo Pei Oppenheimer
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Good morning and good evening, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for standing by for Yalla Group Limited's Second Quarter 2021 Earnings Conference Call. At this time, all participants are in a listen-only mode. After management’s prepared remarks, there will be a question-and-answer session. Today’s conference call is being recorded.

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Kerry Gao

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Tao Yang

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Saifi Ismail

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Karen Hu

Hello, Thank you, Thank everyone. for joining you Saifi. us.

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Karen Hu

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Tao Yang

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Bo Pei

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Tao Yang

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Tao Yang

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Tao Yang

Thank you with quarter. once again We forward speaking for next Thank today. joining look you. us to you


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