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Who are the most influential Arab leaders on Twitter?

Nine Arab leaders appear on the latest list of the 50 most popular leaders on Twitter, and they are led by quite an amazing figure, Jordan’s Queen Rania !

Twiplomacy, the annual study conducted by the consulting firm Burson Cohn & Wolfe is full of surprises… While the Arab countries represent only 5.5% of the world’s population, they manage to raise nine of their leaders among the top 50 most popular world leaders on Twitter.

A woman at the top of the most popular Arab leaders’ rank on Twitter!

Unsurprisingly, the ranking remains dominated, in the first three places by Donald Trump, followed by nearly 52 million people, Pope Francis, with 47 million followers and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with nearly 42 millions subscribers. The rest of the rankings are small nuggets, though !

In total, the top counts nine Arab leaders, which indicates the growing interest of social media users for the region. And what’s more exciting than seeing a woman on top of them ! Indeed, Queen Rania of Jordan has risen the top rank of the most followed Arab leaders in the world in 2018. With her 10 million followers, she gest in front of Emirati Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rachid Al Maktoum and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

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Promising scores in the rest of the rankings

Another thing striking, King Mohammed bin Salman is ranked first in another top also published in the same study, which concerns the 50 most influential world leaders, more specifically based on the average number of tweets and retweets of their posts. By getting an average of 154,000 tweets or retweets, he gets far ahead of Donald Trump, who is ranking second with only 20,000 reactions on average.

There is a majority of leaders from the Gulf countries among them, with the presence in the 20th and 29th places of UAE’s and Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Ministers, the latter of whom ranking just below Emmanuel Macron. There is also Emirate Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in the 34th place. However, the presence of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sissi, in the 36th place of this ranking, who also occupies the 9th place in the same ranking achieved on Facebook, should be noticed. Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri is also present in the 44th place.

Published on 25 July 2018