With only 11 tweets, King Salman has more retweets than Trump

Time: December 07, 2019

US President Donald Trump is by far the most followed world leader on Twitter, with the Pope trailing him by some 4.5 million followers, a study showed Tuesday.

The number of Trump’s followers has “more than doubled since taking office”, the study authors said.

However, in terms of retweets alone, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, easily dwarfs Trump.

King Salman only tweeted 11 times between May 2017 and May 2018, but each of those tweets generated an average of 154,294 retweets, compared to just 20,319 retweets per Trump tweet, the study showed.

With more than 52 million followers, the @realDonaldTrump account also counts nearly 10 million more followers than third-place holder, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, according to the latest “Twiplomacy” study by communications firm Burson Cohn & Wolfe (BCW).

In terms of interactions with followers – in the form of likes and retweets – Trump’s lead is even more impressive, the study showed.

Over the past 12 months, the US president has had nearly 264.5 million interactions with his followers – more than five times more than runner-up Modi, and 12 times as many as Pope Francis, in third place.

It also pointed out that the US State Department is the only US governmental department which does not follow the personal account of @realDonaldTrump.

At the same time, however, the State Department does follow the Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani.

Tuesday’s report found that leaders around the world have jumped on the Twitter train, with the governments of only six countries – Laos, Mauritania, Nicaragua, North Korea, Swaziland and Turkmenistan – still lacking an official presence on the platform.

In Europe, British Prime Minister Theresa May was the most followed leader on Twitter over the past year, with the @10DowningStreet account counting nearly 5.6 million followers.

The British royal family came next with 3.6 million, followed by French President Emmanuel Macron, who has nearly tripled his numbers since his election last year to over three million Twitter followers.

Queen Rania of Jordan ranks at the top of the twittersphere among Arab leaders with nearly 10.7 million followers, ahead of Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed with over nine million followers, and King Salman on nearly seven million.

And Latin American governments are among the most prolific on twitter. Venezuela’s foreign ministry sends out an average of 55 tweets each day over the past 12 months, according to the study.

While most world leaders and governments are growing their Twitter followings, there are exceptions.

According to the study, Russian Premier Dmitry Medvedev, the Russian foreign ministry, and the Ukrainian foreign ministry have seen their number of followers decline significantly “after Twitter decided to cut down on fake followers and bot farms”.

BCW’s own review of 951 Twitter accounts showed that 125 of them, or 13 per cent, were currently dormant, 33 inactive and nine protected.

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King Salman receives speaker of Libyan House of Representatives

03/12/19

Aquila Saleh Issa, speaker of Libyan House of Representatives, on Monday called on King Salman in Riyadh.

During the meeting, they reviewed relations between the two countries and prospects of bilateral cooperation, especially between the Saudi Shoura Council and its Libyan counterpart. Issa also held a separate meeting with Saudi Shoura Council Speaker Dr. Abdullah Al-Asheikh, who commended deep-rooted ties between Saudi Arabia and Libya. Al-Asheikh expressed hope that this visit will contribute to the development of relations between the two countries and particularly between the Saudi Shoura Council and the Libyan House of Representatives.

They also discussed activating the role of parliamentary friendship committees in the two councils.

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King Salman: Five years of remarkable achievements

01/12/19

  • Yesterday marked the fifth anniversary of King Salman’s ascension to the throne.

The Kingdom has made remarkable and unprecedented political, social, economic and developmental achievements since King Salman started his rule on Jan. 23, 2015.

These achievements, which are mainly the pillars of the Vision 2030 reform program, have demonstrated that the Saudi leadership is committed to its pledge to build a state for the future and to cement its position in the G20.

Under his leadership, King Salman — supported by his crown prince and a young management team — has overseen noticeable and speedy evolution in key sectors including finance, tourism, entertainment, housing and energy, among others.

The restructuring of the Public Investment Fund (PIF) was one of the most notable achievements in the country’s finances.

By changing its mandate from a local investment vehicle focusing on conservative instruments within the money market asset class, the PIF has gone through major transformation to become a significant sovereign wealth fund powerhouse targeting quality, long-term, trophy and strategic investments worldwide.

As for tourism, Saudi Arabia inaugurated several major projects, such as the King Salman Park, Sports Boulevard, Green Riyadh, Riyadh Art and Diriyah Gate Project (DGP).

With the e-visa initiative, tourism will witness a speedy growth coupled with cross-country festivals throughout the year in cooperation with newly created government agencies for activities in sports, entertainment and culture.

The unique DGP was unearthed to be a cultural and lifestyle tourism destination, especially after it gained UNESCO’s certification as World Heritage Site. Starting from next year, the Kingdom is expected to witness the highest growth rate in tourism until 2030.

Obviously, the most remarkable and impactful achievement during King Salman’s rule was the gradual preparation for Saudi Aramco’s initial public offering. It started in 2016 when Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced that the Kingdom will sell less than 5 percent of Aramco’s shares by offering it to the public. As of last Thursday, the retail tranche has been oversubscribed by 1.7 times with received bids for its shares totaling $44.3 billion. The institutional tranche will be concluded on Dec. 4.

Since the start of his rule, King Salman has applied a leadership style known in our corporate textbooks as “management by objectives.” His era was guided by a roadmap called Vision 2030, which specified these objectives with target dates for their achievements. Not only has his era paved the way for economic prosperity benefiting national and international investors, but it will also give the future generations national and international entrepreneurs.

• Basil M.K. Al-Ghalayini is the Chairman and CEO of BMG Financial Group.

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King Salman receives greeting from Malaysia PM

Time: November 04, 2019 

King Salman meets Dr. Maszlee Malik, Malaysia’s education minister and the prime minister’s special envoy, in Riyadh on Sunday. (SPA)
  • The message was conveyed to the king during his meeting with Dr. Maszlee Malik

RIYADH: King Salman received greetings from Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.
The message was conveyed to the king during his meeting with Dr. Maszlee Malik, Malaysia’s education minister and the prime minister’s special envoy, in Riyadh on Sunday. The king sent greetings back.
On the Saudi side, the meeting was attended by State Minister Prince Turki bin Mohammed bin Fahd bin Abdul Aziz, Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah, Minister of State Dr. Musaed bin Mohammed Al-Aiban and Saudi Ambassador to Malaysia Mahmoud bin Hussein Qattan, among other officials from both countries.

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King Salman receives Swiss president

29/10/19

King Salman holds talks with Ueli Maurer, president of the Swiss Confederation, in Riyadh on Monday. They reviewed bilateral ties. (SPA)

  • The Swiss delegation included State Secretary for International Finance Daniela Stoffel and Swiss Ambassador Dr. Andreas Schaller

RIYADH: King Salman received Swiss President Ueli Maurer in Riyadh on Monday.
They reviewed opportunities to boost cooperation between Saudi Arabia and Switzerland and ways to strengthen mutual ties in various fields.
Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdul Aziz, Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah, Interior Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdul Aziz, state ministers and Cabinet members Prince Mansour bin Miteb bin Abdul Aziz and Dr. Musaed bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, Finance Minister Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Jadaan and Dr. Farhan Al-Farhan, deputy head of Mission at the Saudi Embassy in Switzerland also attended the meeting.
The Swiss delegation included State Secretary for International Finance Daniela Stoffel and Swiss Ambassador Dr. Andreas Schaller.

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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman meets Palestinian President Abbas

Time: October 17, 2019  

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the capital Riyadh. (SPA)

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King Salman opens new terminal at King Abdulaziz International Airport, Jeddah

Time: September 24, 2019  

  • The airport is one of the largest in the region
  • It is part of a major plan to put the Kingdom’s airports among the world’s leading

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman opened and toured a new terminal at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah on Tuesday.
The airport is one of the largest in the region, with a total area of ​​810,000 square meters and a capacity of 30 million passengers per year.
During the tour, the king saw a presentation of the details of the airport and on civil aviation in the Kingdom.
The Minister of Transport and Chairman of the General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA), Dr. Nabil bin Mohammed Al-Amoudi, said that the Kingdom’s civil aviation sector has recently achieved qualitative leaps and creative developments that contributed to 4.6% of GDP.
Jeddah is the main airport where pilgrims arrive before travelling on to Makkah to perform the religious Haj and Umrah pilgrimages.
Pilgrims comprise the bulk of Saudi Arabia’s 20 million annual foreign visitors, apart from workers and business travellers.
He said, according to indicators by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the number of domestic and international airports doubled to 28 airports.

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“As a result, the number of passengers increased from 47 million passengers in 2010 to 100 million passengers in 2018,” the minister added.
The King Abdulaziz Airport accounted for 36% of the total number of passengers in the Kingdom.
The minister said the “objectives will be extended to contribute to the construction of a logistic platform in the Kingdom linking the three main continents of the world, as the new airport will be able to work pivotally linking East and West, and serves as an intensive collection point for the movement of passengers and goods, to become an influential position among international airports.”
The airport operates flights to three international destinations and 21 domestic ones.
RIYADH, Sept 24 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s King Salman opened Jeddah airport’s new terminal on Tuesday, state media said, part of a push to increase foreign visitors to the kingdom and diversify its oil-based economy.
Jeddah is the main airport where pilgrims arrive before travelling on to Mecca to perform the religious haj and the umrah, the year-round lesser pilgrimage.
The inauguration of the new Terminal 1 of King Abdulaziz International Airport brings the airport to 810,000 square metres with the capacity to handle 30 million passengers annually, state news agency SPA said.
The airport operates flights to three international destinations and 21 domestic ones.
Economic reforms pushed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman aim to make the country an entertainment destination and a tourism hub. They are also trying to lift domestic and foreign tourism spending to $46.6 billion in 2020 from $27.9 billion in 2015, when the reform plan was announced.
Pilgrimage is the backbone of a plan to expand tourism under the crown prince’s economic reform program, announced a year ago to diversify the economy away from oil.
Pilgrims comprise the bulk of Saudi Arabia’s 20 million annual foreign visitors, apart from workers and business travellers.
Officials aim to increase the number of umrah and haj pilgrims to 15 million and 5 million respectively by 2020, and hope to double the umrah number again to 30 million by 2030.
The government has approved plans to issue electronic visas for foreign visitors to attend sporting events and concerts, and is expected to announce details this month.
Economic reforms aim to make the Kingdom an entertainment destination and a tourism hub. They are also trying to lift domestic and foreign tourism spending to $46.6 billion in 2020 from $27.9 billion in 2015, when the reform plan was announced.

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UAE renames major road after King Salman in lasting tribute

Time: September 24, 2019  

The newly named King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street runs from Abu Dhabi’s corniche to the popular marina area. (File/ Shutterstock)
  • The UAE renaming one of Abu Dhabi’s main highways after the Kingdom’s monarch
  • Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower, also lightened with the Saudi flag

DUBAI: The UAE marked Saudi Arabia’s National Day with a lasting tribute on Monday, renaming one of Abu Dhabi’s main highways after the Kingdom’s monarch.

The newly named 4.6 kilometer King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street- formerly known as Al Marsa Street – runs from Abu Dhabi’s corniche to the popular marina area.

The move came on the on the instruction of Sheikh Hazza Bin
Zayed Al Nahyan Vice Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council.

But it is not the first time a UAE road has been renamed after King Salman.In 2016, Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ordered that the coastal road running through the Al Sofouh district of the city, take the Saudi king’s name.

The UAE also marked Saudi national day by lighting the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower, with the Saudi flag, while the Dubai Frame was shrouded in green.

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King Salman calls Aramco attacks a ‘cowardly act’ aimed at destabilizing Saudi Arabia

24/09/19

King Salman held talks with the King of Bahrain
Said Saudi Arabia capable of dealing with effects of the attack
JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Monday has called the attacks on Aramco facilities a “cowardly act” aimed at destabilizing the Kingdom and disrupting the world’s energy supply.

The king added that Saudi Arabia was capable of dealing with the effects of the attack.

King Salman held talks with the King of Bahrain in Jeddah on Monday for discussions about developments in the region.

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Trump, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince congratulate King Salman ahead of Saudi National Day

23/09/19

Trump said that the “US-Saudi partnership is more vital than ever, particularly as we confront regional security challenges”
King Salman received telegrams of congratulations from Bahrain, Kuwait , and Oman
RIYADH: US President Donald Trump, Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, and other leaders congratulated King Salman on Sunday ahead of Saudi National Day.
In a message to King Salman conveyed by US Ambassador John Abizaid, Trump said that the “US-Saudi partnership is more vital than ever, particularly as we confront regional security challenges and work hand-in-hand to achieve shared economic and political objectives.”
He added that “the relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia is strong and multifaceted.”
Sheikh Mohammed congratulated King Salman and Saudi Arabia ahead of Saudi National Day and tweeted “Your day is our day, your joy is our joy, and your achievements are a source of pride for us.”
Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and Oman’s Sultan Qaboos also sent telegrams of congratulation.

The British Minister of State for the Middle East and North Africa Andrew Murrison also congratulated the Kingdom, speaking in a video message recorded during his visit to Ad Diriyah.

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