Google reveals what the UAE was curious about in 2016

Believe it or not but Pokémon Go was the second most-searched item in the region.

Meryl D'Souza December 15, 2016

We have established the fact that Google knows all your deepest, darkest secrets. In fact, your browser does much of the work for it. This isn't a game.

The search engine juggernaut released its annual year-end report yesterday. Mined from data conceded by user searches, it is expectedly fascinating. Unsurprisingly, the most searched for item in the UAE this year was UEFA Euro 2016. What was surprising is that the majority volume for that search came from Ajman, followed by Sharjah.

The second, and most surprising, search term in the region was Pokémon Go. On further digging we found that people from Ras al Khaimah led the way for the search in the region but Fujairah wasn’t far behind.

In terms of categories, the UAE’s fanatical Belieber fanbase went mad when the singer released “Love Yourself”, making it the most searched song. Suicide Squad leads the charts in terms of movie searches in the region – we imagine Will Smith’s visits had a lot to do with that.

Elsewhere, as you’d expect, Donald Trump – a man who was ranked the sixth most dangerous risk facing the world – is the most searched personality. 

Here are some of the other results of the highest trending searches in the UAE this year:


1. Euro 2016
2. Pokémon 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