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Sheikh Mohammed is the most followed Arab leader on Twitter.

Summary: The Dubai Ruler is among the top 10 most followed leaders on Twitter

Curated by Anita Iyer

Social media has changed the way global leaders communicate with their citizens and the world at large. It has opened instant channels of communication, with Facebook, Twitter and Instagram providing the opportunity of 'live' interactionwith the leaders.

Among Arab leaders, King Abdullah II of Jordan is the latest to join Twitter, and was welcomed by Queen Raina, who also became his first follower.

Honored to be @KingAbdullahII 's 1st follower on @Twitter . Your voice of moderation and calls for dialogue is much needed in our world today https://t.co/helFb1xKj4

- Rania Al Abdullah (@QueenRania) March 26, 2017

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, also welcomed him to the world of Twitter.

We went ahead and checked the Twitter handles of Arab leaders with the most followers.

. @KingAbdullahII ???? ?????? ????? ???? ??????? ?? ?????? ??? ???? ????? .. ???? ?????? ???? ?? ???? ??????? ?? ??????? ?? ????

- HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) March 26, 2017

According to Twiplomacy , Sheikh Mohammed is one of the most followed leaders around the world in 2017. It is also worth noting that he is the only Arab leader in the top 10 list . The Dubai Ruler is joined by the US President Donald Trump, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

With over 8.4 million followers, @HHShkMohd among the top 10 most followed leaders on @Twitter according to @Twiplomacy pic.twitter.com/dxTi96tk6F

- Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) October 6, 2017

With almost 40 million followers US President @realDonaldTrump is now the most followed world leader on Twitter #Twiplomacy pic.twitter.com/eDHgO5fzsa

- Twiplomacy ?? (@Twiplomacy) October 4, 2017 1. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Tweet to @HHShkMohd

Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai Twitter handle: @HHShkMohd Number of followers: 8.4 million Joined in June 2009

2. Queen Rania

Tweet to @QueenRania

Queen of Jordan Twitter handle: @QueenRania Number of followers: 8.1 million Joined in April 2009

3. King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia

Tweet to @KingSalman

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Twitter handle: @KingSalman Number of followers: 6.63 million Joined in January 2013

4. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan

Tweet to @ABZayed

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of UAE Twitter handle: @ABZayed Number of followers: 4.11 million Joined in October 2011

5. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Tweet to @HamdanMohammed

Crown Prince of Dubai Twitter handle: @HamdanMohammed Number of followers: 3 million Joined in March 2010

6. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Tweet to @MohamedBinZayed

Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces Twitter handle: @MohamedBinZayed Number of followers: 1.59 million Joined in January 2012

7. Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Tweet to @SaifBZayed

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, UAE Twitter handle: @SaifBZayed Number of followers: 1.62 million Joined in February 2014

8. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi

Tweet to @AlsisiOfficial

President of Egypt Twitter handle: @AlsisiOfficial Number of followers: 1.57 million Joined in March 2014

9. Saad Hariri

Tweet to @saadhariri

Lebanese Prime Minister Twitter handle: @saadhariri Number of followers: 1.1 million Joined in October 2009

10. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan

Tweet to @KBZayed

President of the United Arab Emirates

Twitter handle: @KBZayed Number of followers: 1.23 million Joined in June 2012

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