Twitter has shared its round up of the biggest trends, searches and hashtags, and the most-followed accounts in the UAE.
Unsurprisingly, the engagement on the platform by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, has been among the most popular in the Emirates this year.
Sheikh Mohammed’s most popular tweet is also one of his most poignant: a sharing of prayers and condolences with the people of Lebanon following the Beirut explosion on August 4.
Sheikh Mohammed also shared his knowledge and experiences on the social media platform this year, with one of his most liked tweets stating: “#Life_has_taught_me that life goes on ... as one stage ends, another begins ... and things pass you by only for another opportunity to present itself ... just as night and day interchange ... life is renewed ... and man always returns to the path God sets ... he does not despair, he does not cease. Rather, he lives with a continued determination of creating a life.”
With more than 10 million followers on Twitter, Sheikh Mohammed's followers enjoy being kept up to date on the latest government initiatives, with this tweet about the inauguration of Al Wasl Plaza, at the heart of the Expo 2020 Dubai site, among his most retweeted.
The launch of a Mystery Shopper app to rate government services proved to be another favourite, garnering more than 1,300 retweets to date.
When it comes to charitable campaigns, the 10 Million Meals initiative exceeding its target figure was some welcome news in 2020.
The completion of the UAE's Hope Probe's transfer to its launch site at the space station on Tanegashima Island in Japan proved to be another highlight. The Hope Probe will be the first to provide a complete picture of the Martian atmosphere and its layers when it reaches the red planet's orbit in 2021.
His tweet about the launch of the Hope Probe, which featured a video showing footage of the UAE's incredible journey into space, has been viewed more than 362,000 times to date.
The UAE's explorations into space have become a huge source of fascination for Sheikh Mohammed's followers, who enjoyed his tweet about the signing of an agreement with Nasa to train Emirati astronauts, Hazza Al Mansouri and Sultan Al Neyadi, for potential missions to the International Space Station (ISS).
2020 also saw huge growth for the Twitter accounts of UAE government entities, as residents looked to stay up-to-date from reliable sources.
When it came to the UAE's most tweeted hashtags #Coronavirus, #فيروس_كورونا *(Coronavirus) and #انت_مسؤول (You Are Responsible) were predictably among the most popular.
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