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Reflecting on 2023: UAE Top Google Searches in Various Categories

Google publishes its 'Year in Search,' a set of lists highlighting the most-searched terms in several categories, every year.

As the end of the year approaches, it’s the perfect time to look back at the events that defined 2023 for UAE residents.

News Events: Global and Regional Perspectives:

Every year, Google releases its ‘Year in Search,’ a series of lists detailing the most-searched terms in different categories, ranging from news events to movies. 

Here are the news terms that UAE residents most searched for in 2023:

  1. Palestine and Israel War
  2. Chandrayaan-3
  3. Turkey – Syria Earthquake
  4. Karnataka Elections
  5. Gautam Adani Group Crisis
  6. Titanic Submarine
  7. Morocco Earthquake

Local and Regional Events: A Diverse Mix:

The ‘local and regional events’ list features a diverse mix of topics, from sports to technology:

  1. Saudi Pro League
  2. Gitex 2023
  3. PSG vs Riyadh XI
  4. UFC 294
  5. SeaWorld Abu Dhabi
  6. COP28

Pop Culture Moments: Movies and TV Series:

In the realm of pop culture, the Hollywood movie ‘Oppenheimer’ and the Bollywood hit ‘Jawan’ topped the movie list this year:


  1. Oppenheimer
  2. Jawan
  3. Jailer
  4. Pathan
  5. Leo
  6. Barbie

TV Series:

  1. Wednesday
  2. Shabab Al Bomb 11
  3. The Last of Us
  4. One Piece
  5. King The Land

Sports Highlights: Cricket Takes the Lead:

All of the top five sports tournaments talked about are cricket:

  1. Cricket World Cup: India vs Sri Lanka
  2. Cricket World Cup: India vs New Zealand
  3. ICC Men’s T20 World Cup: India vs Australia
  4. Cricket World Cup: Pakistan vs Afghanistan
  5. ICC Cricket World Cup: New Zealand vs Pakistan

Top-Googled Personalities: A Mix of Entertainment and Sports:

It may come as no surprise that the top 5 list of personalities most Googled in 2023 features three cricket players:

  1. Rachin Ravindra
  2. Gautam Shantilal Adani
  3. Shubman Gill
  4. Glenn Maxwell
  5. Kiara Advani

AI and Technology: Top Platforms and Topics:

With AI being a hot topic of conversation this year, ‘Generative AI platforms’ tops the list of most-searched platforms:

  1. Generative AI platforms
  2. ILOE (Involuntary Loss of Employment Insurance)
  3. Score808
  4. WhatsApp Web
  5. Temu

In addition, the job loss insurance website was also the most searched for, as the deadline for mandatory registrations passed in October this year.

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