Qatar Minister of State for Energy Affairs Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi announced today Qatar’s withdrawal from OPEC by January 2019.
On social media, Mureed Hammad, a speech writer at Qatar Petroleum was first to break the news, followed by an official announcement from @qatarpetroleum, followed by AlJazeera, AFP, and Bloomberg Javier Blas describing the news as shocking.
Looking at the content performance from top US publishers, it was noticable the readers interest in the news, which resulted in 36 article (5.1x normal), generating 160k views (14.6x normal) rate for Qatar.
The most read articles releated to the news came from:
NBC: Qatar announces it's pulling out of OPEC
CNBC: Qatar to quit OPEC after more than 57 years, denies decision related to Saudi-led boycott
WSJ: Qatar to Leave OPEC as Cartel Pressured to Cut Production
CNN: Qatar is pulling out of OPEC to focus on gas
Express: Qatar QUITS OPEC after 57 years in HUGE SWIPE at Saudi Arabia as Middle East FURY rises
AlJazeera: Qatar to withdraw from OPEC in January 2019
Despite Al Qaabi denial of any Saudi role in Qatar descision, most coverage mentioned Saudi Arabia including:
Reuters: Gas-focused Qatar to exit OPEC in swipe at Saudi influence
Daily Mail: Qatar QUITS the OPEC oil cartel amid Saudi Arabia tensions
Daily Star: Qatar will pull out of OPEC amid tension with Saudi Arabia
We belive most of the coverage was assosiated with Saudi Arabia is due to AP initial coverage of the story Qatar to pull out of Saudi-dominated OPEC amid Doha boycott.
On Social Media, the news was responsible for 48% of twitter chatters in Qatar.
Over the past 12 hours, we tracked:
34k Retweets (73%)
1.8k Replies (4%)
52% In Arabic
45% In English
1% In Italian
The tweet Former Prime Minister Of Qatar Hamad Bin Jasem Bin Jaber draw the highest amount of engagement with Qataris upraising the descision, and Saudis downplaying the importance of the descision.
Saudi social influencers were the first to react to the news on social media with a former Aramco employee explaining Qatar minimal revenue generated from Oil.
Others linked Qatar descision to Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammad Bin Salman visit to Algeria.