Google Reveals Top Searches in UAE, Saudi Arabia and Egypt
It’s the time of the year when the big daddy of online search, Google, comes out with their ‘The Year in Search’ report.
This year’s most trending queries in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the UAE had a few things in common, especially between Egypt and Saudi Arabia where the more traditional songs dominated the top songs list. Football was also a common theme between Saudi Arabia and Egypt, who both competed in this year’s World Cup.
Most searched words – UAE
UAE’s most searched words seems to be influenced by the large population from the sub-continent, especially India. World Cup Football, IPL Cricket, film actress Sridevi who died in Dubai, Priyanka Chopra who got married to Nick Jonas recently and the Indian currency rates are some of the most searched words on Google – understandably, by Indians.
With UAE passport getting ranked the world’s most valuable passport, Pasport Index was another most searched term in the top ten list.
UAE’s gamer’s fascination with gaming is evident with ‘Fortnite’ coming 6th in the list. Bitcoin, of which’s value has plummeted by more than 30% in a short period was the also in the list of hot words Googled.
With introduction of Value Added Tax in the UAE from 1st of January 2018, there were quite a number of searches for the Federal Tax Authority as UAE businesses were grappled with queries and needed clarifications on VAT implementation.
Out of all the iconic projects in the UAE, only Dubai Frame made it to the top ten beating even the most popular touristic attraction Burj Khalifa.
Most searched words – Saudi Arabia
1. The national address
4. Jamal Kashoggi
6. Noor system
7. Iqama expiry
8. Weather in Jeddah
10. Kalam Asfar TV series
Most searched words – Egypt
1. High school results in 2018
3. Da’am Masr
4. Nisr Al Sa’eed TV series
5. Local election committees
6. Jamal Kashoggi
7. Prayer times
8. Ramadan 2018
9. Industrial school diploma results
10. Teachers First website
For full list of global search trends across genre, head to the Google Blog
VIDEO: Year in Search 2018
Google released an inspiring video along with the report.