Saudis record 290 m YouTube views a day

Updated 23 June 2013
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Saudis record 290 m YouTube views a day

JEDDAH: Saudis are recording an average of 290 million views a day of video clips on YouTube, the highest rate internationally, according to a local academic.
Dr. Saud Katib, supervisor general of the information center at King Abdul Aziz University (KAU), said that even though commercials have now invaded YouTube, this has not affected the desire of Saudis to visit the website.
“YouTube is of great interest to the Saudi population because they can find clips matching their moods, despite the growing number of commercials,” said Katib.
Katib said new media has great credibility and described it as “the big rich ocean” of information. It was vital for users to know what to choose and what to leave from this huge amount of information.
He said so-called YouTube stars should try to develop themselves. If they do not do so, they could soon become irrelevant, he said.
“YouTube is a good service website that was not available before, but it has the potential to be used in a good and bad way. Saudis who use it showed far more positive interaction than those in other regional countries, and have benefited from its available tools,” he said.
Those who use new media tend to have short attention spans. While displaying great enthusiasm after viewing a website the first time, they quickly move on to something else, he said.
Professor of media and communication skills at KAU, Dr. Hassan Basfar, said social media websites have increased its users, created new tools and competed vigorously with traditional written and audio-visual media.
He said the notion that only the fittest would survive with the emergence of new media was “never real.” He said television and radio was still surviving with their own audiences.
Bandar Halawani, director of content at Sahi channel, which broadcasts its programs on YouTube, said those who are popular now on YouTube, but abuse the platform, are not likely to survive.
Halawani said there should be more effective implementation of intellectual property laws and regulations. “Copying ideas and thoughts have become much easier with the development of the media, and the increased use of the Internet, which calls for the immediate implementation of relevant laws,” he said.


Saudi Arabia's KSRelief distributes assistance to Syrian refugees in Lebanon

KSRelief distributed assistance to Syrian refugees. (SPA/file)
Updated 21 April 2018
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Saudi Arabia's KSRelief distributes assistance to Syrian refugees in Lebanon

  • KSRelief seeks to ensure that the living conditions of Syrian refugees are in accordance with international specifications
  • The center also distributed 3,500 cartons of dates in the villages of Izzala Al-Jumah in Yemen

JEDDAH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) distributed humanitarian aid including birth kits, personal bags and baby blankets to Syrian female refugees staying in Osman Hospital and Central Hospital in Kattermaya, Kharoub province of Lebanon on Friday.

This distribution is within the framework of the assistance provided by the center for displaced Syrians and refugees in neighboring countries. 

KSRelief seeks to ensure that the living conditions of Syrian refugees are in accordance with international specifications through various relief programs. 

Earlier, winter blankets, jackets, jumpers, hats and other items were distributed to meet the basic needs of refugee families.

The center also distributed 3,500 cartons of dates in the villages of Izzala Al-Jumah in Al-Mukha directorate in Taiz governorate, benefiting 21,000 people.

In addition, 36 trucks with 469,483 kg of relief, shelter and medicines crossed Al-Wadiaa border on Thursday evening as part of the KSRelief plan to help Yemenis.

Of this total, 26 trucks with 500 food baskets, weighing 375 tons, in addition to 43,173 kg of shelter items, will be heading to Maareb province, and ten trucks carrying 42,221 kg of shelter items and 9.89 tons of medications will go to Aden.

On Thursday, the Bahraini Royal Charity Foundation and the Khalifa bin Zayed Foundation for Humanitarian Affairs signed an MoU for the establishment of the Bahrain Health Center in Aden, Yemen, at a cost of $2 million, in the presence of Ahmed bin Ali Al-Bayez, assistant general supervisor of operations and programs at KSRelief, and a number of officials. SPA, Jeddah