A Year in Search: Google’s Trending Searches in the UAE in 2016

  • Both international and local events top the UAE’s trending search queries of 2016
  • A variety of topics topped the list this year, ranging from current affairs to television series, to sports events

Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Google announced today its 16th annual Year in Search, offering a unique look at the year’s top trends based on searches conducted using the Google search engine in the UAE.

The results showcase an interest in international sports events, with the UEFA Euro 2016 topping the most trending queries list of 2016 followed by Pokemon Go. In the events category, the most trending events in the UAE were Brexit and the 2016 Oscars, followed by Eid Al Adha and the Fly Dubai Crash. The most trending public figures in the UAE included celebrities and political figures such as US president-elect Donald Trump and Indian actress Pratyusha Banerjee. In the category of most trending destinations in the UAE, “IMG World” topped the list followed by “Legoland Dubai” and “Dubai Opera”.

Commenting about the report, ‎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:


  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?


  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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