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UAE top Google searches of 2016

We're looking back at a tumultuous and exciting year through internet search history

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While some people can’t wait for 2016 to end, we're looking back at our internet search history to remind you of all the wonderful events and people that were trending over the last 12 months. 

"We always look forward to this part of the year where we share how the world searched in 2016. Google's '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," says Joyce Baz, Google's Head of Communications for the Middle East and North Africa.

While some of the top searches were expected, such as “Euro 2016” or the “Rio Olympics”, other things such as “Brexit” and “Trump” were perhaps not such welcome surprises. 

Here are the top 10 most searched words on in the categories: People, events, movies, songs and destinations in the UAE.

1. Most trending people on Google

Donald Trump

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

2. Most trending events on Google


2Oscars 2016
3Eid Al Adha 2016
4Fly Dubai crash
5Gitex 2016
6Holi 2016
7Panama Papers
8Dubai Canal opening
9Chinese New Year 2016
10Pakistan vs England cricket match

3. Most trending movies on Google


1Suicide Squad
4The Revenant
5Captain America Civil War
6Batman vs Superman
7Conjuring 2
10Finding Dory

4. Most trending songs on GoogleJustin Bieber

1Love yourself by Justin Bieber
2Barbs by Majedalesa
3Panda by Desiiner
4Closer by The Chainsmokers
5One Dance by Drake
6Hali Hali by Mohamed Al Salim
7One Call Away by Charlie Puth
87 years by Lukas Graham
9Photograph by Ed Sheeran
10Hola by Joey Montana

5. Most trending destinations in the UAE


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

6. Overall most trending

Portugal win Euro 2016

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