The Palestinian winner of Tv contest Arab Idol has been named a United Nations special ambassador.

Mohammed Assaf became the first Palestinian to win the show on Saturday (22Jun13) and a day later, he added a new title after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas made the singer an honorary ambassador.

U.N. officials also made Assaf a youth ambassador.

The singer has lived at the Khan Younis refugee camp in Gaza since he was four.

His Tv victory was celebrated in the streets of the West Bank and Gaza on Saturday as fans and countrymen alike gathered to watch the final episode of Arab Idol on big screens. Fireworks lit up the sky when he was announced as the winner.