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Top Google searches in the UAE for 2016



If you pulled up the collective Google history of everyone in the ShortList office you’d probably be quite worried about us. Today’s include “DJs who aren’t Dutch”, “Does Marilyn Manson go to Starbucks?”, “how to do a Kiera Knightly impression” and “celebrities with strange chins”. We can (kind of) explain them all but… moving on.

People’s Google search habits are very private and very interesting – kind of like the inside of a woman’s handbag – which is why we love looking through their end of year reports.

Google’s 16th Year in Search reveals the top trends in the UAE, and they’re not quite what we expected. The top trending public figure was the US president-elect Donald Trump, followed by Indian actress Pratyusha Banerjee.

As for destinations in the UAE, IMG Worlds of Adventure, Legoland Dubai and Dubai Opera. In the events category, Brexit took the number one spot, with the 2016 Oscars following in second.

Here’s the full list of Google’s trending searches in the UAE for 2016.


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


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


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


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



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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