As we say farewell (good riddance?) to one of the most challenging years on record, there's no better time to review the most popular stories published by DPme.com over the past 12 months.
Each of these articles received minimum four-figure hits during 2009, ranking them above all others as the most topical of the year.
So without further ado, here are the top five stories of 2009.
5. BBC brings Top Gear to Abu Dhabi desert
With Clarkson and Captain Slow remaining in Ol’ Blighty, the Hamster (aka Richard Hammond) donned the Cuban heels and took to the streets and sand dunes of Abu Dhabi for Top Gear’s annual Gulf production shoot. Cue ensuing hilarity and some great on-location images.
4. Google plans ‘iPhone killer’ release in Q1, 2010
The biggest story of the past month, the ongoing saga of Google’s first handset continues to raise the hackles of Apple and the brand’s fanboys. Anything that wipes those smug grins off the faces of iPhone app-loving teenagers (and certain advertising execs) gets our vote of approval.
3. Live targets world’s first F1 HD broadcast
Yep, you read it here first. Unfortunately, DPme.com’s first viral hit of the year didn’t… actually… turn… out… the way we hoped, but through no fault of our own. For those still waiting for the first F1 race in HD, better luck next year, we say.
2. Killers call time on bench warmers
US band The Killers’ demand that Emirates Palace be configured as a standing-room only venue for their first Middle East gig in Abu Dhabi proved a massive hit with DPme.com readers. About time someone ditched the seats.
1. Details of Orbit-Showtime merger revealed
DPme.com broke the story of the Orbit Showtime merger and subsequently became the top source of information about the deal tying two of the region’s major pay TV providers.