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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 Google.com in the categories: People, events, movies, songs and destinations in the UAE.


1. Most trending people on Google

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

2. Most trending events on Google

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

3. Most trending movies on Google

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

4. Most trending songs on Google

1 Love yourself by Justin Bieber
2 Barbs by Majedalesa
3 Panda by Desiiner
4 Closer by The Chainsmokers
5 One Dance by Drake
6 Hali Hali by Mohamed Al Salim
7 One Call Away by Charlie Puth
8 7 years by Lukas Graham
9 Photograph by Ed Sheeran
10 Hola by Joey Montana

5. Most trending destinations in the UAE

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

6. Overall most trending

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 2016
10 Why is there a leap day?