Saudi social media users ranked 7th in world

Updated 14 November 2015
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Saudi social media users ranked 7th in world

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia ranks seventh globally in terms of individual accounts on social media, with seven accounts for each individual — three of which are active — while the number of tweets on Twitter exceeds 500,000.
This was revealed in a survey by Saudi Aramco, which was based on official statistics from social media websites, including some of the trusted ones.
The study showed that 26 percent of Saudi teenagers use Snapchat, putting Saudi Arabia in the eighth position globally, in terms of teenagers who use the website.
Saudi Arabia ranks 14th in terms of WhatsApp users with 56 percent of mobile phone users.
The workshop on the future of social media held in Alkhobar had the participation of Benjamin Ampen, head of sales, Middle East and North Africa (MENA) at Twitter, and Marwan Zein of LinkedIn.
The workshop discussed the future of social media networks in addition to information and tips about the best practices in the field of effective communication.
The Twitter head of sales said the percentage of Twitter users is very large in Saudi Arabia.
He pointed out that the hashtag during the opening of the King Abdullah Sports City (Al-Jawahara Stadium) in Jeddah was one of the most effective ones in the Middle East, in addition to the hashtag of Makkah Life.
He said around 80 percent of Twitter users post tweets on their mobile phones and 90 percent watch videos on their mobile phones.
One of the participants said 33 percent of Snapchat users in Saudi Arabia allocate two hours of use on daily basis, while 29 percent use it for one hour each day. He said 50 percent of Snapchat users are in Riyadh.
The survey showed that 1 billion people use Facebook everyday, and the number of Twitter users has reached 316 million on daily basis.
Around 400 million users posted 80 million photos on Instagram, with more than 5.3 billion likes per day.
The survey estimated Snapchat users to stand at 200 million per month who upload 400 million chats clip a day. The number of Facebook users exceeded 1.5 billion users, while the number of YouTube users reached more than 1 billion.


King Salman speaks to China’s Xi on the telephone

Updated 20 September 2019

King Salman speaks to China’s Xi on the telephone

  • Xi told King Salman that China condemned an attack on the country’s oil facilities
  • He also called on all parties to avoid taking steps that would escalate the situation

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday, Saudi Press Agency reported. 
Xi told King Salman that China condemned the attacks on Aramco oil facilities that took place on Sept. 14 and called on all parties to avoid taking steps that would escalate the situation. 

He added that the attack is a “serious violation of the security and stability of Saudi Arabia,” and that China stands with the Kingdom.

The Chinese president also thanked King Salman for the positive measures Saudi Arabia has taken to ensure the continuation of oil supplies.