Prince Salman attracts 240,000 tweeps



JEDDAH: RIMA AL-MUKHTAR

Published — Thursday 28 February 2013

Last update 4 March 2013 1:04 pm

| نسخة PDF Print News | A A

A government spokesman said Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz’s account on Twitter was primarily aimed at stopping impersonation of the crown prince on this popular social media. “Prince Salman also wanted to establish close contacts with citizens by receiving them at his office after Dhuhr prayer daily to deal with their requests and complaints effectively,” the spokesman said.
Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, launched his twitter account on Saturday this week and has already gained a massive following of 240,000 followers. An excited Saudi twitterati welcomed the Prince Salman with numerous tweets and by creating related hashtags in Arabic and English.
“A nice touch by your royal highness in creating this account to follow the concerns of your citizens, their problems and to seek solutions. God bless you and keep you in good health,” tweeted Mowfaq Jameel, who goes by the twitter handle @1269888. Another user @Looolooo188 said: “What an unexpected surprise! The most prominent event in Twitter is that Prince Salman’s twitter account has been validated. Will he manage the account? Will he interact? We don’t know but he is among us now.”
This is the first social network account the crown prince has created to allow people the opportunity to contact him personally. His only tweet so far has addressed his followers with the following “This is the official and only twitter account of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud, the crown prince of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”
Many Saudi tweeters welcomed the prince to the social media network, while others instantly tried contacting him via his account regarding personal matters and concerns.

What's happening around Saudi Arabia

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Saudi Arabia’s permanent representative to the UN Abdullah Al- Muallami unveiled a beautifully framed old kiswa (covering) of the door of the Holy Kaaba at one of the newly refurbished halls of the world body. The...
A policeman was shot dead by an unknown gunman in Qatif in the Eastern Province on Tuesday night.According to a spokesman of the Eastern Province police, the firing took place at 11:30 p.m. in a suburb called Al-Jishi.The targeted police officer was...
JEDDAH: Jeddah Show, one of the many events of Jeddah Summer Festival 36, is attracting a large number of visitors. The sound-and-light show is being run at the Jeddah International Exhibition and Convention Center.The show tells the story of the Bri...
JEDDAH: The Riyadh Traffic Department carried out extensive campaigns on the main streets, intersections and squares in the city to boost traffic safety levels and discourage bad driving.During the first 72 hours of the campaign, traffic personnel re...
RIYADH: One of two women infected with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) died here in Riyadh, while the other patient is being treated at a hospital in Al-Kharj, some 60 km from the capital. Since June 2012, the Ministry of...
AL-AHSA: Approximately 20,000 tons of Al-Ahsa dates are planned to be marketed abroad during the new dates season.Muhammad Ismail, director general of the King Abdullah City for Dates (KACD), said: “The authorities in the city are planning to increas...
JEDDAH: Al-Bagdadiya neighborhood residents in Jeddah are living in a state of worry because of 20 abandoned houses, which serve as hideouts for criminals.Residents said some houses are on the verge of collapse and have turned into shelters for crimi...
JEDDAH: A committee consisting of representatives from the Hail governorate, municipality, health department and the Saudi Food and Drugs Administration (SFDA) has ordered the closure of a restaurant in the city’s industrial area.Twelve people suffer...
The board of the Saudia Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization has announced that mandatory application of the regulations on new tires produced or sold in the Kingdom will commence in November this year.The board explained that the technical...
JEDDAH: The number of people with mental health issues or depression is increasing in Saudi Arabia due to urbanization, marital or relationship problems, and not being able to keep up with rapid progress. A Saudi mother said that her daughter suffers...
JUBAIL: Jubail beaches are expected to receive many tourists during September as a large number of people usually head to the city once the summer gets cooler to enjoy their holiday here.As part of the beach preparations for this season, the Social S...
RIYADH: More than 50 percent of vehicle users in the Kingdom are not satisfied with the after-sales service of auto agencies in the Kingdom.In a survey conducted by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MCI) to evaluate the performance of automobile...
JEDDAH: The Appeals Court has upheld the verdict issued by a specialized penal court which sentenced Dr. Said bin Zair to four years in prison from the date of his arrest in 1428.According to the ruling, the academician is also banned from traveling...
JEDDAH: Health authorities in the Eastern Province are expected to issue a decision soon against four Saudi nurses accused of “negligence” for an incident which led to the amputation of the hand of a Saudi girl after they tried to insert a needle in...
JEDDAH: The Jeddah municipality has closed down a popular restaurant following the discovery of a rat rummaging through food items.The rat act was captured on video and posted on social media websites. It went viral, prompting the authorities to laun...

Stay Connected

Facebook