Google uncovers the UAE’s top trending searches in 2016

Google's Year in Search discovers the most searched topics ranging from people to events in the region

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Google uncovers the UAE’s top trending searches in 2016 Google's 16th annual Year in Search report revealed that the top search was the UEFA Euro 2016, followed by virtual reality game Pokémon Go. (Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images)
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  December 14, 2016

As the year draws to an end, Google has unveiled which international and local topics made the top trending searches in the UAE in 2016.

Google's 16th annual Year in Search report revealed that the top search was the UEFA Euro 2016, followed by virtual reality game Pokémon Go. The most trending events in the UAE were Brexit and the 2016 Oscars, and the top trending public figures, including political figures as well as celebrities, was US president-elect Donald Trump and Indian actress Pratyusha Banerjee.

Joyce Baz, head of communications at Google, Middle East and North Africa said: "We always look forward to this part of the year where we share how the world searched for 2016. Year in Search is a look back at what caught the attention and curiosity of our users in the Middle East and North Africa over the past 12 months and as always, the results are diverse in the UAE."

Here are the most trending search queries in the UAE in 2016:

Searches
1. Euro 2016
2. Pokemon Go
3. Rio Olympics
4. Donald Trump
5. Ramadan
6. T20 World Cup 2016
7. iPhone SE
8. Suicide Squad
9. Eid al Adha
10. Why is there a leap day?

People
1. Donald Trump
2. Pratyusha Banerjee
3. Qandeel Baloch
4. Nizar Qabbani
5. Muhammad Ali
6. Prince
7. Christina Grimmie
8. Alan Rickman
9. David Bowie
10. Hillary Clinton

Events
1. Brexit
2. Oscars 2016
3. Eid Al Adha 2016
4. Fly Dubai crash
5. GITEX 2016
6. Holi 2016
7. Panama Papers
8. Dubai Canal opening
9. Chinese New Year 2016
10. Pakistan vs England cricket match
 
Movies
1. Suicide Squad
2. Deadpool
3. Sultan
4. The Revenant
5. Captain America Civil War
6. Batman vs Superman
7. Conjuring 2
8. Pulimurugan
9. Rustom
10. Finding Dory

Songs
1. Love yourself
2. Barbes (Arabic song)
3. Panda
4. Closer
5. One Dance
6. Hali Hali (Arabic song)
7. One Call Away
8. 7 years
9. Photograph
10. Hola (by Joey Montana)

Destinations in the UAE
1. IMG World
2. Legoland Dubai
3. Dubai Opera
4. Cirque du Soleil Dubai
5. Dubai Garden Glow
6. The Green Planet
7. Outlet Village Dubai
8. F1 Abu Dhabi 2016
9. Last Exit Dubai
10. Global Village

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