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Entertainment dominates Saudi minds online

Google reveals Kingdom's most popular searches in annual Zeitgeist compilation

Entertainment dominates Saudi minds online
Travian village screenshot. Google revealed that the most popular search term in Saudi Arabia this year was 'Travian'.

Google's annual Zeitgeist revealed a prominence of entertainment-related searches from Saudi citizens online.

According to the search giant, the most popular search in the Kingdom this year was the browser-based strategy game Travian, which is translated into many different languages including Arabic and currently has more than 41,800 players from Saudi Arabia alone.

'YouTube', 'Sabaq', 'Billiards' and 'Hotmail' make up the top five most popular search terms in KSA, and is followed by 'Games' and the music site '6rbtop', reflecting the prominence of entertainment-related searches in the kingdom.

The fastest rising queries in KSA for 2009 included ‘Titles' and ‘Tribal wars game', which, incidentally, was also named the fastest rising query in the United Arab Emirates.

It's followed by the terms ‘Gitex 2009', ‘netLog', ‘FlyDubai' and ‘blackberry' as the top five, showing that technology terms topped the UAE's list this year. The honour for the fastest rising news search in the country however went to ‘Nadya Suleman', the octomom that garnered frenzied media attention around the world.

Moving to a more global perspective, the fastest rising search term worldwide was found to be ‘Michael Jackson' this year, followed by social networking sites ‘Facebook', ‘Tuenti', ‘Twitter' and Turkish virtual world ‘Sanalika'.

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