2015 on Twitter: King Salman of Saudi Arabia among most retweeted

December 8, 2015

Zayn Malik of One Direction is also on the list

So how the year 2015 been on Twitter? Wonder what were the most trending hashtags, and the biggest draws on the social media platform?

Twitter has just released data on the top trending Hashtags in the UAE. Across TV, Sports and People, the list is:


1.     #JaDines

2.     #محمد_بن_زايد (Mohammed bin Zayed)

3.     ذكرى_وفاة_الشيخ_زايد (Memorial of Sheikh Zayed’s passing)

4.     #خليفة_بن_زايد (Khalifa bin Zayed)

5.     #محمد_بن_زايد_عزنا_وفخرنا (Mohammed Bin Zayed is our pride and glory)



1.     #النصر (Al Nisr Football Team)

2.     #ريال_مدريد (Real Madrid)

3.     # برشلونة (Barcelona)

4.     #دوري_الخليج_العربي (UAE Arabian Gulf League)

5.     #AlahliUAE



1.     #ALDUB

2.     #TeenChoiceAwards

3.     #Arabs Got Talent

4.     #صدى_الملاعب  (Sada Al Malaeb)

5.     #MTVEMA

The results clearly reveal UAE to be a nation of TV and Football fans, with Twitter traffic spiking during UAE Arabian Gulf League football matches, especially when @alnasrscwere playing and international teams like @FCBarcelona and @realmadrid took to the pitch.

Year of the Emoji

Last year on Twitter we saw 2014 as the year of the Selfie when Ellen DeGeneres Oscar Selfie went viral and became the most Retweeted Tweet ever. This year 2015 is being described as the year of the Emoji with  face with tears of joy being the most popular emoji used on Twitter. Other popular emojis used this year include  smiling face with heart-shaped eyes,   loudly crying face,  smiling face with smiling eyes and ️ red heart. The brand has shared some examples of what they define as the best use of Emojis on Twitter:



Roger Federer Tweeted a whole Tweet based off emoji’s to tell his followers how his #DayOff would play out https://twitter.com/rogerfederer/status/617003890685251584

Ellie Goulding says it how it is with an Emoji to her followers https://twitter.com/elliegoulding/status/618175173129277440

Andy Murray took to Twitter on his wedding day to share his emotions through the use of emojis https://twitter.com/andy_murray/status/586811114744320000

NBA basketball players even had an emoji battle that took place on Twitter thanks to DeAndre Jordan https://twitter.com/twittermedia/timelines/618914838467600384

Most Influential

Remember the confusion back in Feb, when someone posted a picture of a dress, and the Internet lost its collective mind. Was the dress black and blue, or was it white and gold?  A photo of the same dress seen in different light suddenly went viral on Twitter as people delved into the science behind the apparent change of colors. As people debated #BlueandBlack or #WhiteandGold, the dress sparked a global conversation, with more than 4.4M Tweets on February 26 and 27.

 Most Retweeted

This yearHarry Styles from One Direction reached out to his fans sending them love which became the most Retweeted Tweet of the year,  topping all of his other band mates and taking this year’s top spot.

In discovering the most popular Tweets of 2015, here are a few that had the most Retweets at their peak from around the globe:

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@zaynmalik Tweeted his thoughts on One Direction’s first new single without him


@kanyewest Tweeted his words of wisdom to the world, encouraging followers to make the most of life.


A few days after being announced as the new King of KSA, @KingSalman Tweeted to his people that they deserve a lot more, and he asked God to support him in serving the religion and the nation, and asked the people not to forget him in their prayers.

by Anil George
Avid follower of all things tech. In between his quest for the ultimate gizmo, Anil fiddles with light meters, collects rare books and feeds his fetish for Jap horror movies. As Managing Editor of T3 Middle East for the GCC, Anil oversees content direction across print and digital. He was a CES 2017 Innovation Awards Judge, reprising his role as an Innovation Awards Judge at CES 2015 and 2016. Anil is also the Middle East's first Brand Ambassador for Ashdown Engineering.  Reach him at: editor@t3me.com.