Top three Google searches in UAE revealed

‘What is love’ tops Popular Discovery category; Justin Beiber top UAE personality search

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Top three Google searches in UAE revealed The Burj Khalifa is the fastest rising search topic this year in the UAE, according to a Google study.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  December 10, 2010

The fastest rising search term in the UAE is Burj Khalifa, according to Google's 2010 Zeitgeist report. The annual report gives an insight into the UAE and the world's top events and trends based on global search terms.

After the Burj Khalifa, the next fastest rising UAE search was Tartob, an Emirati version of Facebook.

According to the report, searches for social networking sites such as Facebook and YouTube are continuing to gain popularity, with YouTube being the most popular. The fastest rising social network, according to Google is Facebook English followed by Hotmail. Sites featuring free messaging and VOIP also fared well in searches.

"The UAE results show that more users are using the Internet to obtain information that is relevant to them such as utility bill payment through DEWA and online banking. Searches for online services are on the uptake which underpins the need for businesses to be online catering to their customer requirements," said Ari Kesisoglu, regional manager, Google Middle East North Africa.

Teen pop star Justin Bieber led the fastest rising search category for personalities by residents of the UAE, followed by Shakira, Lady Gaga and Salman Khan.

In the Most Popular Discovery by Google searches the top discovery is ‘what is love', followed by ‘what is life' and ‘Wikipedia' in third. Questions, such as ‘what is accounting' and ‘what is 3G' fall at the bottom of the category.

The top online news site search goes to Gulf News, followed by Malayala Manorama and Yahoo. While the fastest rising online service is topped by ‘Gulfnews Jobs', ‘Emirates NBD' and ‘Reel Cinemas Dubai'.

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