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Dubai Crown Prince joins Gates, Branson in LinkedIn business elite

Sheikh Hamdan becomes one of about 500 members of the invite-only LinkedIn Influencers network

Dubai Crown Prince joins Gates, Branson in LinkedIn business elite
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Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, has been named as LinkedIn “influencer by the business-oriented social networking service.

With the announcement, Sheikh Hamdan becomes one of over 500 members of the invite-only LinkedIn Influencers network, which includes some of the world’s most recognisable thinkers, leaders and innovators such as Richard Branson, Bill Gates, David Cameron, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Ariana Huffington.

According to LinkedIn, since joining the platform in April Sheikh Hamdan has achieved “a remarkable increase” in followers to about 250,000, located both in the UAE and in other countries such as the UK, US and India.

In his latest LinkedIn post made on December 2 to mark the UAE’s National Day, Sheikh Hamdan noted that the UAE has emerged a “global model for development” and as a platform for testing the implementation of future technologies.

“The youth of our country represent hope, optimism, positive energy, innovation and openness,” he wrote. “The young sons and daughters of our beloved homeland are the driving force for the UAE of the future.”

“We are fully confident in their ability to take this march to develop forward,” he added. “It is the youth of the UAE that will lead this country into the future by truly living the ideals of our founding fathers.”

Earlier this year, LinkedIn announced that it hit 500 million members across 200 countries, with 23 million in the Middle East and North Africa. Of LinkedIn members in the MENA region, three million are located in the UAE.

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