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Mideast & North Africa


Year in Search: 2016 Edition

We have been looking forward to this time of the year when we finally unveil the most trending searches in the Middle East and North Africa for 2016. The results offer a unique look back at the past 12 months, highlighting what caught our users’ attention and curiosity. The lists reveal the most trending events, people, songs, and questions in Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Egypt. The data also show the similarities and differences between the countries, with Pokemon Go making it to the top trending searches list of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE.

Video that shows the top searched moments in 2016

With the world, we searched for music, people, and films. We also searched for both local and international moments, such as Brexit and the Rio Olympics. We look forward to next year’s result, and we hope that you continue to satisfy your curiosity by searching on. Here are the top trending searches in Egypt, UAE, and Saudi Arabia:


  1. Thanaweya Amma Results
  2. U.S. Dollar Exchange Rate
  3. Al Ostoura TV Series
  4. Rio De Janeiro Olympics  
  5. Pokémon go
  6. Mahraganat 2016
  7. Mahmoud Abdul Aziz
  8. Amy Samir Ghanem Wedding
  9. The Civil Service Law
  10. Ramadan

Saudi Arabia

  1. TAQAT
  2. Rio De Janeiro Olympics
  3. Pokemon Go
  4. BARBS Song
  5. Shabab Al Bomb 5
  6. Price of US Dollar today
  7. Raad Al Shamal/ North Thunder
  8. Nimr al-Nimr
  9. Mosalsal Hob Amaa
  10. Donald Trump


  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 2016
  10. Why is there a leap day?

Visit the Google Trends site to see how the world searched for 2016.