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Kingdom Tower in Saudi Arabia Will Soon Be the World’s Tallest Building

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Big things are coming to Saudi Arabia.

The Middle Eastern country is set to begin visible construction next week on what is expected to be the world’s tallest building at 3,280 feet, according to Construction Weekly.

Kingdom Tower will be 568 feet taller than Khalifa Tower, the current Guinness World Record holder in neighboring Dubai, once it is completed. The tower is the first phase of Jeddah Economic Company’s approximately $20 billion, 17 million-square-foot Kingdom City project, of which it will be the focal point. Saudi Arabia’s Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, a nephew of Saudi King Abdullah, is chairman of the Kingdom Holding Company, a partner in JEC. Read more…

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Just 11% of Americans Tweet Every Month

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The country where the highest percentage of Internet users are active on Twitter may come as a suprise. It’s Saudi Arabia. One-third of the country’s online population are active monthly Twitter users, according to PeerReach.

The study considers active Twitter users to be those who tweet, rather than Twitter’s metric of those who log in to the service. It’s important to note that about 40% of the users Twitter considers monthly actives never tweet.

Statista‘s chart below shows the 10 countries with the highest percentage of Internet users tweeting at least once per month. The U.S., home of the microblogging platform, ranks eighth on the list. Read more…

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Loud and Brave: Saudi Women Set to Protest Driving Ban

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If you asked Rotana Tarabzouni in 2011 about the protests to end Saudi Arabia’s ban on female drivers, she would have cynically called the cause hopeless.

Now, two years after the first campaign, the Saudi-raised, California-based singer is optimistic that change is coming to her home country

On Saturday, women in Saudi Arabia will get behind the wheel and take to the streets — an act of defiance against the country’s policies blocking female drivers. While there’s no formal law banning women from driving, the conservative nation’s unwillingness to grant licenses to female applicants has become a de facto way of barring women from legally operating cars Read more…

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