Live in Dubai and hoping to get in on the Twitter buzz? Here's some inspiration for who to follow
Time Out Dubai's Twitter account @TimeOutDubai is the top account account to follow for those of you living in the city or planning what o do on a visit. But aside from the latest news, reviews and stories on what's happening in the emirate, there plenty of other profiles worth following. Check out our suggestions below:
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has a whopping 4.5million followers on Twitter. His account features both English and Arabic tweets detailing his public engagements and official announcements. He joined the site in June 2009.
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum joined in March 2010. He tweets pictures and words to go along with his special outings, as well as wishing his 1.16milion followers happy holidays and comments on important social moments such as the Dubai World Cup.
The former member of British pop group Steps now resides in Dubai and is a happily married mother- of-two. In the emirate she is also the principal at Dubai Performing Arts School, a magazine columnist and socialite. She tweets about anything from getting her hair done at the salon to attending events to nostalgic moments from the 90s and 00s to her 56.2k followers. Lisa joined the site in June 2010.
Moroccan rap artist, Two Tone, claims to be ‘Doin' it Xtra Big’ on his Twitter biography. The Best Dubai Act from Time Out Dubai’s Music & Nightlife Awards 2015 joined in June 2012 and is based in Dubai. He shares with his 49.4k followers, latest music videos, retweets fans and posts photos of his travels around the world on personal appearances and gigs.
He joined in November 2008 and at the time of writing has 19.2k followers. Real name Marwan Parham Al Awadhi, DJ Bliss presents his own Channel 4 FM radio show, ‘Mornings with Marwan and Eve’, he’s the founder of Bliss Inc Entertainment, has his own barbershop, runs The Real Flava booking agency and has acting credits to his name. So expect plenty of action on his feed as he tours the globe.
@glorygirlfit Who is it: Personal trainer and life coach Nadine Du Toit Followers: 2,167 Life and fitness in Dubai with a focus on motivation and personal training as well as physical challenges and events in the city.
@dubainameshame Who is it: ‘Just a normal bloke, in his kandora, sharing views on news, culture and UAE lifestyle’ Followers: 44.5k As the Twitter bio (above) says this is a personal account looking at life in the UAE. Often with a humourous, challenging or thought-provoking take on the day’s talking points in Dubai.
@InAFryingPan Who is it: Food enthusiast and blogger. Followers: 3,977 Foodie opinions and plenty of Old Dubai restaurant exploration as well as debate about eating and culture in the city.
@HishamWyne Who is it: Entrepreneur and copywriter Followers: 4,997 Views on life, business, tech, culture and style in Dubai as well as views on start up businesses
@afmfilms Who is it: Emirati film director Ali F Mostafa. Followers: 11.1k Currently shooting his third feature film the director is sharing behind the camera updates and his usual thoughts on the local and international film industries.
@samiraOlfat Who is it: Celebrity make-up artist and blogger Followers: 4,607 Beauty tips, make-up ideas and insight into the life of a Max Factor make-up artist living life to the full in Dubai.
The really useful accounts
@dubaitourism This is the official account of Dubai's Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing. The people behind it share important developments with projects in Dubai and shares UAE news throughout the day. They first began tweeting in August 2012 and now have 58.8k followers.
@DXBMediaOffice This is the official Twitter feed from the Government of Dubai Media Office. They joined the micro-blogging website in May 2009 and tweet in Arabic as well as English. Expect to see them sharing pictures of celebrities skydiving to Sheikh outings if you follow them. At present they have 441k people glued to their updates.
@emaardubai This account allows you to keep up to date with the latest news, events and property launches from Emaar. They are the people behind the Burj Khalifa, malls, plus hotels and residences in Dubai so press the follow button to see updates on forthcoming buildings in the city, plus events taking place. They currently have 5,331 followers.
@dubaiexpo2020 The official account of Expo 2020 in Dubai has already reached 354k followers after being created in November 2011. With a few years to go until the big event, you can follow them as they post about the World Expo from other regions as well as developments with its Middle East arrival.
@trafficdxb If you’re out Dubai roads regularly or infrequently, this is a great account for traffic updates. Drivers around the city contribute with their observations which are eventually shared by the account’s managers Javed Khamisani and Allianz Hosting.
@DubaiCulture The account, created in August 2009 has approximately 71.4k followers. Check them out for tweets on public libraries, art and exhibitions information, plus news updates on events such as Dubai Design Week.
@RTA_Dubai Follow them for information on anything such as parking tickets, how to apply for a new number plate, and public transport announcements. With 306k followers, the account is popular with those needing to get around the city. They even inject a fun pop quiz every now and again with questions such as ‘how many cabins does #dubaitram have?’.
@DubaiAirports Created in January 2010, Dubai Airports owns and manages DXB and Al Maktoum International (DWC) airports. The helpful account directs people to how to reclaim items that may have ended up in lost and found, important information on what to do before flying plus retweets of interesting insights from people at one of their two locations. They currently have 181k followers.
@DMAuthority The official Dubai Maritime City Authority Twitter posts ideas for beach watersports, weather news which may affect those out on the water plus how to stay safe on the waves. They began tweeting in September 2011 and post in both English and Arabic.
@Dubai_Ambulance Written in both English and Arabic, Dubai Ambulance, posts advice on topics such as coping with the heat and also directs its approximate 12.2k followers to its Facebook and Instagram pages for further posts.
@DEWA_Official The Dubai Electricity & Water Authority, is described as a ‘Sustainable Innovative World-Class Utility’ and the official Twitter account was created in June 2010. It’s important to follow DEWA for up-to-date details on things such as holiday opening times, tips on saving energy and what their staff are getting up to.
@CustomsUae Follow UAE Customs for news on how they operate, including their shift to online and mobile services. The verified account was created in February 2012 and has 9,620 followers.
@EmiratesID Follow Emirates ID for information on their customer service hours as well as information such as how they are changing the IDs. They also refer followers to their help page for anyone needing more information about applications.
@DubaiCulture Who is it: Government-backed account updating us on all things cultural. Followers: 77.6k Artistic and cultural endeavours in Dubai and significant events and sightings from around the world. Highlights major exhibitions and encourages grass roots art.
@dubai_360 Who is it: High-quality interactive city tour. Followers: 3,375k Stop your search for the best photographs of Dubai you’re going to find on Twitter. They’re here and shot from every conceivable angle and location.
@Emirates Who is it: Dubai-based airline Followers: 522k Offers on flights, travel ideas and news from the airline. Also follow @Emiratessupport for up-to-the minute flight news and customer service.
@mydubai Who is it: Official account of the #mydubai Followers: 27.3k The best images from the #mydubai social media campaign document the lives of ordinary Dubai residents doing amazing things with some wonderful photographs.
@glutenfreeuae Who is it: Expat mum advising on nutrition in Dubai Followers: 3,597 All aspects of gluten-free living in the UAE, including availability and whereabouts of the best food, medical views and awareness of coeliacs in the city.
@EtonInstitute Who is it: Language school Followers: 47.1k Thought-provoking memes, motivational quotes, education news, cultural events, language and translation comment and special offers.
@Gulfphotoplus Who is it: Dubai photo community and gallery Followers: 8,509 Beautiful images taken by photography enthusiasts in Dubai as well as advice, marketplace, member spotlights and curated images of stunning snaps from around the world.
@DXBfelinefriend Who is it: Non-profit organisation aiming to home stray cats. Followers: 768 Keep up your quota of cat pictures with regular snaps of the cutest kitties in town straight to your phone. All are up for adoption, but only fall in love if you can keep them.
@K9friendsdubai Who is it: Non-profit shelter rehoming dogs in Dubai Followers: 459 If doggies are more your thing get direct updates about the animals currently available for fostering and adoption as well as news about pets in general.
@samenessproject Who is it: Community-minded social media do gooders. Followers: 639 The group call themselves social innovators and use Twitter to promote togetherness and good deeds among others. Expect inspirational quotes and challenging ideas as, they say, change starts with you, but is not about you.
@volunteerinuae Who is it: Community organisation finding volunteers for fundraising groups and charities Followers: 535 Inspirational quotes, calls to action and a regular request for help in the community should let your feed remind you of the positive side of social media.
@doneevents Who is it: Concert promoter and entertainment company. Followers: 4,241 Breaking news and ticket announcements about many of Dubai’s biggest gigs. Take That, Al Murray and Spandau Ballet among confirmed acts with more to come.
@dubomedy Who is it: Local comedy trainers and smile seekers. Followers: 3,800 Jokes, funny retweets and news from the fringes of the UAE-based homegrown comedy circuit.
@souqalmal Who is it: Compare and contrast website Souq Almal. Followers: 5,060 Sensible thoughts and advice about everyday mundanity such as credit card finance, mobile phone charges, schools. Essential stuff you should pay more attention to.
@dubizzle Who is it: Middle East classified site. Followers: 39.6k As well as helping you get a home, a job, compare rents around the city every month and buy a load of cut-priced stuff, you can pass time with blog posts, community chatter and impressively prompt customer service responses from the team.
@DHA_Dubai Who is it: Dubai Health Authority. Followers: 81.6k Medical advice and questions answered plus regular articles promoting healthy lifestyles. The organisation also frequently shares information about well-being programmes and family well-being.
Things to do/Places @AlserkalAvenue Dubai's arts and cultural hub, located in Al Quoz, contains 20 galleries and creative spaces. Their page was launched in March 2011 and they showcase locations such as A4 Space and The Jam Jar.
@difc With 152k followers to date, the Dubai International Financial Centre’s Twitter page was created in June 2009. The description details them as the ‘onshore finance and business hub connecting the region to the world, and the world to the region’.
@mydowntowndubai This account is all about the part of town that is home to the Burj Khalifa, The Dubai Fountain and The Dubai Mall. They ask tweeters to follow them to keep up-to-date “with all the beauty and events Downtown Dubai has to offer”. The Twitter page opened in December 2010 and currently has 62.9k followers.
@TheDubaiMall This account claims to be ‘Dubai's first tweeting mall’. With 1,200 stores and attractions inside The Dubai Mall, there’s plenty to keep up with from the page which launched in August 2009.
@DubaiFilm The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) may be an annual event but the people behind it tweet throughout the year in the lead-up to the December occasion. Expect posts about the latest flicks in Dubai cinema from the leading film festival in the Middle East, Asia and Africa and even tweets about the Academy Awards.
@ArtDubai The Twitter account for the leading art fair in the Middle East & South Asia opened in March 2009. They represent more than 90 galleries, ‘the Global Art Forum, commissioned projects, Campus Art Dubai & more’. Why not become one of their 63.2k followers?
@ikeauae Who is it: Swedish furniture store in Dubai Followers: 20.3k OK, so this is the customer service arm of a major furniture retailer, but the occasional interior design ideas and frequent chatty customer interaction (including poetry and declarations of love) bring the occasional smile.
@ATLANTIS Who is it: Atlantis The Palm Followers: 61.2k Answers guests’ questions, organises competitions and reveals news and special offers at the hotel’s many dining outlets and the waterpark.
@arabiaenquirer Who is it: Satirical news site Followers: 8,730 Quirky made up news stories that poke fun at life in Dubai and current affairs in the region that are often laugh-out-loud funny.
@Sport360 Who is it: Daily sport newspaper Sport360 Followers: 23.3k International and local sport with most major events covered. We also like that we can get UAE and Middle East-based updates from a single account.
@beINSPORTS Who is it: TV broadcaster beIN Sports. Followers: 326k Technically not a Dubai account, but the broadcaster shows loads of sport to TV viewers in the city and this is where to find out about which matches are coming up next.
@Radio2UAE Who is it: Radio 2’s official Twitter account. Followers: 2,741 From the station that brings you Daisy Clarkson, Kenny, Accalia, Ragesh and Sparky this account brings the best chat from their shows as well as celebrity news and pics.
@DubaiOneTV Who is it: Dubai-based TV channel Followers: 91.6k TV schedules for the free-to-air American series-loving TV channel. If you’re checking Twitter out of boredom there I a good chance you could get a decent movie suggestion to kill a couple of hours here.
@arabianbusiness Who is it: Our sister magazine is an influential news source. Followers: 40.2k Breaking news and commentary on matters affecting life in the Middle East. Expect anything from industry scoops to lifestyle quirks of the mega-rich.
@timeoutdubai Who is it: Probably the most attractive team on Twitter. Followers: 246k Dubai news, lifestyle gossip, opinionated reviews and first looks at the places and people that matter in Dubai.