Whether they are sharing a soliloquy during a drive to the supermarket or a minute-by-minute update on a celebrity appearance, here are the local Periscope users who are leading the way.
Emirates Live boasts 44,600 followers. The account takes viewers on tours around the country and has shared more than 150 broadcasts since it signed up in July. One of their popular scopes was a visit to the oldest place of worship in the UAE, the Al Badiyah Mosque in Fujairah.
Aida Al Busaidy
The Emirati user from Dubai Tourism scopes about hotels and restaurants in the city. She has 354 followers and her scopes are bilingual to appeal to a wider audience. One of her well-received videos was about the opening of the Novikov Restaurant at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Dubai.
Farrukh Naeem Qadri
The social-media consultant seems to have a good handle on this platform, so much so that he gives workshops on how to use it. Qadri has more than 500 followers and is always looking for a unique take on life in the Emirates. His scope from a Muslim graveyard in Abu Dhabi during Eid gathered a lot of viewers and he took questions from them as well.
This is Dubai’s official tourism account, sharing live events and launches around town. Visit Dubai hasn’t scoped much but has amassed 850 followers who tune in to catch walking tours of cultural sports, and celebrity visits to malls. Its last feed was at the meet-and-greet evening with Disney star Zendaya at Mall of the Emirates.
Khan’s Periscope account complements Khan’s popular YouTube channels about life in the country and product reviews. His 526 followers are updated about the latest technology, unboxing videos and the vlogs he is working on. In his last scope, he took questions from viewers about the cameras he uses for his YouTube videos.
For all things luxury and epicurean, follow Danae Mercer, a Dubai-based travel and luxury journalist. Her 187 followers are treated to the finer pleasures of life, from a tour of the Emirates First Class lounge to Michelin-starred restaurants in Copenhagen.
Abdullah Al Qassimi
To stay cued into healthy spots around town, Al Qassimi is your go-to person on Periscope. The Emirati, who tags himself as a runner, shares his favourite running tracks and healthy-eating spots from all over the UAE with his 388 followers.
Saif Hassan Al Ameeri
Saif’s Instagram account reveals he is a pilot, and his 371 followers get a slice of his personal life, hobbies and travels on Periscope. The Emirati is also a talented musician and horse rider. He played the Moonlight Sonata on his piano for his followers in his last scope.
Get live, behind-the-scenes footage from gigs and international and local acts with the leading music-entertainment company in the Middle East when you follow it on Periscope. The label has 2,500 followers, last streaming from Moroccan singer Abdu Grini’s music-video shoot at Pacha Ibiza Dubai.
Dubai Health Authority
Here’s an account that is truly informative, run by the health authority of Dubai. DHA streams live from round-table discussion on well-being and conferences on pressing health issues. The authority’s 1,000 followers can participate in the smart-clinic initiative, the most recent of which had experts talking about diabetes management.
Morjaria is turning out to be an influential scoper. An aspiring TV host, who spends her time between the UK, US and Dubai, this YouTuber and daily scoper has more than 9,400 followers. Morjaria interacts with followers who join her for her “good morning” scopes, and she talks about her YouTube vlogs in these videos as well.
Khalid Al Ameri
The Emirati social commentator and graduate of Stanford University in the US is known as the man who offered to take unpaid leave from his government job to become a schoolteacher. He has a massive following on Twitter, and 895 fans also keep tabs on his whereabouts on Periscope. Ameri is very interactive, responding to comments posted on scopes about his opinion pieces in publications and his current projects.