Twitter relives the UAE’s top trending moments in 2016

To mark the end of the year, Twitter has launched #ThisHappened to celebrate the best 2016 moments

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Twitter relives the UAE’s top trending moments in 2016 Twitter announced that 2016 was the year when CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey tweeted in Arabic for the first time
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  December 19, 2016

With 2016 soon ending, Twitter is marking the end of the year with its annual round up of the year's best moments and trends.

Twitter has launched #ThisHappened so Twitter users can share their biggest moments and memories of the year. Twitter announced that 2016 was the year when CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey tweeted in Arabic for the first time, making it his second ever most retweeted tweet.

The UAE also witnessed an only-on-Twitter moment at the World Government Summit @WorldGovSummit, when @HHShkMohd announced the largest restructure of the cabinet in the history of the UAE through a series of tweets.

Twitter also analysed the top UAE events, such as Ramadan tweets were viewed more thab 10.7bn times globally was the top Arabic hashtag #رمضان in the UAE.

Other trends include:

Sports:

#euro2016
#rio2016
#halamadrid
دوري_الخليج_العربي# (UAE Arabian Gulf League)
العين_الجزيرة (Al Ain vs Al Jazeera)

Culture:
يوم_العلم# (Flag Day)
يوم_زايد_للعمل_الإنساني# (Zayed Day for Humanitarian Work)
عام_القراءة# (Year of Reading)
السعادة# (Happiness)
شعر# (Poetry)

People:

#محمد_بن_زايد (Mohammed bin Zayed)
#خليفة_بن_زايد (Khalifa bin Zayed)
#زايد (Zayed)
#محمد_بن_راشد (Mohammed Bin Rashid)

Prominent UAE Twitter joiners:
UAE's Minister of State for Happiness - Her Excellency Ohood bint Khalfan Al Roumi @OhoodAlRoumi.
Minister of State for Youth - Her Excellency Shamma bint Suhail Faris Al Mazrui @shamma.
The Voice of Tolerance initiative - @VOTolerance
HH Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan @HazzaBinZayed the Deputy Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Council.
Dr. Thani Al Zeyoudi @ThaniAlZeyoudi UAE's Minister of Climate Change and Environment

Events that garnered the top Tweets per minute in UAE:
World Government Summit @WorldGovSummit
Asia Cup Cricket Tournament
Global Women's Forum @Womens_Forum
Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship @DDFTennis
Dubai Tour @DubaiTour

Most followed global celebrities:
Katy Perry @KatyPerry
Justin Bieber @justinbieber
Taylor Swift @TaylorSwift13
Rihanna @Rihanna
Lady Gaga @LadyGaga
Ellen DeGeneres @TheEllenShow
Justin Timberlake  @JTimberlake
Kim Kardashian West @KimKardashian
Britney Spears @BritneySpears
Selena Gomez @SelenaGomez

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