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Gulf states rank among top YouTube users, says du CEO

Saudi, Kuwait and the UAE among biggest users of YouTube

Gulf states rank among top YouTube users, says du CEO
The high usage of sites like YouTube is factor in the evolution of technologies, says Sultan.

Gulf states Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the UAE are among the biggest users globally of the video-sharing website YouTube, the CEO of the state-backed telco du said Monday.

Ranked by usage figures per capita, the Gulf states are among the world's most frequent users of the site, which attracts billions of daily views a day, Osman Sultan told delegates at the 4th Arabian Business Forum.

"These are things we should consider in the evolution of our [technology]," he said, adding the Arab world had lagged behind in capitalising on social networking.

"We missed the industrial revolution. We did not invent any technology, and the more we go, the more we see that it would be difficult to catch up with [the Western world]. But maybe with this move to the digital era there is the possibility for this part of the world to catch up."

Around 36% of the UAE's population is registered with Facebook. Saudi Arabia, the Gulf's most populous state, boasts 1.5 million users, while 29% of Qatar's residents subscribe to the site.

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