Google unveils top UAE searches in 2012

Gangnam Style, Whitney Houston and Hamdan Al Kimaly prove most popular

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Google unveils top UAE searches in 2012 Google's annual Zeigeist is compiled from one trillion search requests worldwide over the space of a year.
By  Stephen McBride Published  December 12, 2012

Google today announced its annual Zeitgeist (German for "spirit of the age"), a look at life in 2012 through the Web behaviour of UAE residents.

Check out our gallery of the top 7 UAE Google searches of 2012.

Compiled through the more than one trillion Google search requests generated worldwide each year, the list is catalog of hot topics and celebrities who have captured the attention of the Emirates.

"Google Zeitgeist tools can never be used to identify individual users because we rely on anonymised, aggregated counts of how often certain search queries occur over time," said Google.

"These tools are available year-round for you to play with, explore, and learn from."

This year's trending searches show growing interest in political and social issues within the Arab world as well as globally in addition to a rising interest in electronic gadgets and entertainment news. This year's Google Zeitgeist reveals that UAE residents are turning to the Internet as their number-one source of information on-the-go.

Google's top searches of 2012 in the UAE showcased the top 10 findings for trending search terms, trending people, TV shows, sports teams, athletes, Emirati Olympians, foods, travel destinations and fashion labels.

Check out our gallery of the top 7 UAE Google searches of 2012.

UAE's Top Trending Query: Gangnam Style

UAE's Top Trending Person: Whitney Houston

UAE's Most Searched TV Show: Omar

UAE's Most Searched Athlete: Cristiano Ronaldo

UAE's Most Searched Sports Team: Barcelona

UAE's Most Searched Emirati Olympian: Hamdan Al Kimaly

UAE's Top Trending Travel Destination: Al Ain Al Sokhna

UAE's Top Trending Food Search: Baklava

UAE's Top Trending Fashion Label: Isabel Marant

You can find out the top 10 most-searched terms for each category by visiting the Google Zeitgeist website and checking out the UAE tab for more in-depth information.

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