2014 Social Media Stats in The Middle East

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Here are some of the interest statistics as compiled by Hussein.

- 40.2% of the total Middle East population accesses the web,
- 88% of this online population uses social networking on a daily basis,
- In the Middle East, 65% of online users are men, 35% are women,
- 36% of the Middle East of online users are aged between 18 and 24 years,
- Jordan has the highest penetration rate of social networks across Internet users: 88%,
- The smartphones penetration rate in KSA is 63%,
- Facebook is the most popular social network with 94% of the Middle East’s social media users are on it,
- UAE has the highest penetration rate for Facebook (44%),
- 6.5 million users from the Middle East are on Twitter: 3.7 million are active users,
- Arabs produce around 10 million tweets everyday,
- KSA has a penetration rate of 33% for Twitter. It is the highest penetration of Twitter in the world,
- LinkedIn counts over 5.8 million users from the Middle East,
- UAE has the highest LinkedIn penetration with 1.6 million users: A number that has increased by 45% in only 1 year,
- There are 258 million daily views of Youtube videos. 90 million of them come from KSA.

Beirut Municipality Finally Names Street After Said Akl

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The decision to name Beirut streets after notable Lebanese was taken last year and we finally have a street for Said Akl. Too bad he couldn’t attend the ceremony given his old age (he’s already 103!).

Beirut Municipality Saturday celebrated naming a street in one of its neighborhoods after Lebanese poet and writer Said Akl, to mark his 103rd birthday. At the Sioufi Garden in Ashrafieh, the ceremony unveiled the newly named street and the memorial plaque that read: “Said Akl Street, a century of giving, creativity, honest nationalism.” Akl, who was unable to attend the ceremony, recorded an audio message about his hopes of seeing Lebanon “return to its glory.” [DailyStar]

Off To Ayia Napa

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I am currently in Cyprus and should be back on Sunday night. One of my closest friends is getting married next week so we’ve decided to go to Aiya Napa to celebrate his last single days in style. I’ll be online all the time but won’t be writing any posts before Sunday night or even Monday.

Until then, I’ll be posting pictures on my Instagram so add me if you aren’t already following me. [LeNajib]

No Tourists Yet Electricity And Water Shortages During Summer In Lebanon

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At the beginning of every summer in Lebanon, we are warned of water shortage and more electricity cuts. However things are looking much worse this year specially that we have over 1 million Syrian Refugees in Lebanon now. According to MP Qabbani, the situation is expected “to worsen in August and to hit bottom rock in September and October.”

In terms of electricity, Lebanon is in need of 2,500 megawatts of electricity while the current production is only 1,500 MW. As for water shortage, we’ve been barely getting any water in Keserwan for the past 2 weeks and things aren’t looking good. The sad part is that water shortage in Lebanon is purely due to the negligence and incompetence of the authorities.

Of course a lot of things can be done to save water, like stopping the car wash businesses and raising awareness on how to save water, as well kicking off new projects and finishing the dams under construction, but don’t get your hopes high.

Lebanese Man Sentenced To 9 Months In Prison For Beating And Torturing His Wife

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He should be jailed for 9 years not just 9 months but it’s better than nothing. However, I wonder who will protect the wife once the guy is freed from prison because even if she divorces him, he might still go after her. After all, he didn’t just beat her but he even tried to set her on fire but his lighter didn’t work fortunately.

Here’s what Tamara had to say [Video].

A husband that beat his wife to within an inch of her life was fined LL20 million and given nine months in prison, Lebanese women’s rights organization Kafa announced Tuesday, the latest in a number of brutal cases involving spouse abuse.

Hussein Ftouni, 30, tortured his 22-year-old wife Tamara Harisi for hours June 7, leaving her with severe bruises all over her face and body.

The case is the first example of the courts using a new law passed in April aimed at protecting women from domestic violence, but Maya Ammar, a legal adviser for Kafa (Enough), told The Daily Star that the sentence was not enough for the crime committed. [DailyStar]