By Courtney Trenwith
The 2013 list puts religious holidays, pop hit Gangnam Style, and international celebrities at the top
Ramadan, the pop hit Gangnam Style and technology dominated UAE internet searches on Google this year.
The search engine’s annual list of top trends also shows the death last month of Fast & Furious star Paul Walker and Arab Idol winner Mohammed Assaf were the most looked-up people in the UAE.
This year’s results are dominated by global events and personalities as well as technological trends.
Google said there was a “marked increase” in searching in Arabic across the Middle East and North Africa, particularly in Egypt and Saudi Arabia, indicating an increase in Arabic content.
“This year's trending searches for queries and people show growing interest in technology brands and viral phenomenons on the web,” Google said in a statement.
“The findings highlight the UAE’s population keeping up with global technological and web phenomenon trends.”
The UAE’s top trending searches – the terms that had the highest amount of traffic over a sustained period compared to 2012 – were dominated by annual religious events such as Ramadan, Diwali and Eid, aswell as phones such as the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy.
The list of most searched people shows UAE residents were interested in global celebrities, with only one Emirati – footballer Ali Mabkhout – making the top 10.
Google said it studied more than one trillion search queries worldwide to collaborate the data.mobile phone news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.