90 million videos viewed daily on YouTube in KSA

Updated 29 April 2014
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90 million videos viewed daily on YouTube in KSA

More than 90 million videos are viewed on YouTube in the Kingdom daily, said Nawaf Al-Sahhaf, CEO of the Badir Technology Incubator Program, during an event to mark the first-ever local YouTube roadshow event at Riyadh’s Four Seasons Hotel on Wednesday.
YouTube representatives from around the globe are in the Kingdom to mark the event. The Badir program was launched by the King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST).
Daily views on YouTube have increased by 50 percent compared with 2012, with a staggering 167 million daily views in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region alone and 4 billion views globally, according to the latest statistics.
In addition, 60 hours of video footage are uploaded to YouTube per minute in the MENA region.
“The initiative aims to support and encourage Saudi entrepreneurs and pioneers to take advantage of YouTube in the development of their projects in line with the Badir objective to provide technical support to emerging entrepreneurs,” said Al-Sahhaf. “This program has been designed to develop the capacity of Saudi leaders and entrepreneurs in order to encourage a culture of self-employment in the next generation,” he said.
Statistics show that there are more than 13 million Internet users in the Kingdom, of whom more than 50 percent use Twitter and 42 percent use Facebook.
Al-Sahhaf reminded the audience that Saudi Arabia is the largest market for social networking sites in the region, with the largest number of YouTube users in the world, and that more than 60 percent of the Kingdom’s population use smartphones.
Two-thirds of YouTube users are between the ages of 18 and 34, of whom 83 percent use the Internet on a daily basis.
Marenco Kemp, head of YouTube EMEA Online Partnerships, said 1 billion people use YouTube every month, which is equivalent to one out of every two Internet users.
David Rupert, head of the EMEA YouTube team, said emphasis was placed on providing tremendous support to partners, content creators and guide content creators. Rupert also said that YouTube would launch a special website for Saudi Arabia.



Google, meanwhile, has created investment opportunities to facilitate business operations and strengthen partnerships with key stakeholders.


India to make new bid to launch Moon rocket on Monday

Updated 18 July 2019
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India to make new bid to launch Moon rocket on Monday

  • India would become the fourth nation to land a spacecraft on the moon
  • The project is one of the cheapest amongst its kind internationally

NEW DELHI: India will make a new bid to launch a landmark mission to the Moon on Monday, a week after aborting lift-off at the last minute because of a fuel leak, officials said.
The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) said it had rescheduled the launch of Chandrayaan-2, or Moon Chariot-2, for 2:43 p.m. (0913 GMT) on Monday.
India is aiming to become just the fourth nation after Russia, the United States and China to land a spacecraft on the Moon.
Indian space chiefs called off the planned launch of the rocket 56 minutes before blast-off on Monday morning because of what ISRO called a “technical snag.”
Media reports quoted ISRO scientists saying a helium fuel leak had been detected.
India has spent about $140 million on preparations for the project, which is one of the cheapest among international space powers.
By comparison, the United States spent about $25 billion — the equivalent of more than $100 billion in current prices — on 15 Apollo missions in the 1960s and 70s.
The rocket will launch from a space center in Sriharikota, an island off the coast of the southern state of Andhra Pradesh.
It will carry an orbiter, lander and a rover which has been almost entirely designed and made in India.
The orbiter is meant to keep circling the Moon for about one year, taking pictures of the surface and sending back information on the atmosphere.
A lander named Vikram will take the rover to the surface near the lunar South Pole.
India’s first lunar mission in 2008 — Chandrayaan-1 — did not land on the Moon, but carried out a search for water using radar.
A soft landing on the Moon would be a huge leap forward in India’s space program, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi determined to launch a manned mission into space by 2022.
India also has ambitions to land a probe on Mars. In 2014, India became only the fourth nation to put a satellite into orbit around the Red Planet.