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Facebook popularity prompts Sheikh Mohammed move

Dubai's leader to move to new 'public page' on website to cope with demand from fans.

Facebook popularity prompts Sheikh Mohammed move
FAN BASE: Sheikh Mohammed has been inundated with friend requests on Facebook. (Getty Images)

Facebook is proving to be a full-time job for Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President of the UAE and the Ruler of Dubai.

Since the Sheikh signed up to the social networking site he has been inundated with friend requests, Gulf News reported on Wednesday.

In order to cope with demand Dubai’s leader said he will set up a 'public page' to satisfy his fans.

"I would like to thank all who have sent me friend requests on Facebook. In order to accept the vast volume of such requests, this profile will be moved to a new 'public page' over the next few days", he wrote in a status update.

The public profile page option allows celebrities, businesses and community groups to promote themselves on the world’s most popular social networking site. Businesses are not allowed to use the page for commercial purposes.

Sheikh Mohammad set up his Facebook profile at the end of June and has uploaded three photo albums, including family pictures, the paper reported.

The leader has also used it to gain public opinion on topical matters, like whether the school term should start after Eid.

In the past, Sheikh Mohammed has used the internet to interact with members of the media and the public.

In April he held his first e-session in which people could submit one question to him.

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