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Great expectations for 2013
By PMA Rasheed January 01, 2013
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DUBAI: Our minds now turn to the year 2013, with another chance for us to get all things right. This New Year’s words await another voice, so let’s begin it all on a good note. Hopefully it will bring cheer and love to our lives.

The New Year reminds us about grabbing opportunities that could be bigger, brighter, and better in the coming months of the year; and not to just repeat the same mistakes that plagued us in 2012.

Most of the readers The Gulf Today talked to responded that they needed some changes in life with this New Year. Most of them hoped that this year should be totally new for them. Cheers to the year that was and cheers to another one that has come now.

Tarek Kamal El Dine of Dubai Multi Commodities Centre observed, “At the end of every year people all over the world cheer and wish each other a very Happy New Year, which symbolises the beginning of a better tomorrow. So, we must all look forward to a good year ahead and spread happiness with these wonderful New Year wishes.”

For Dubai resident Fatema Hunaid, the year 2013 is the time to raise the bar for herself as it is a very happening year in her professional and personal life. “I’m looking forward to grow out of my job role as an Events Coordinator at Novartis and be able to accept the challenging tasks at work. I will lose some weight, accomplish my travel plans and also get some anger management classes.”

According to freelance writer and consultant Michael Campbell, the year 2013 is a chance to be more awesome. “I always love a new year because it’s an opportunity to look back on the previous 12 months with a sense of accomplishment.

“Even if you’ve accomplished nothing more than simply surviving them, well done, you made it, you’re here, now let’s see if you can make the next 12 better. And if you’ve had a great year, good for you, here’s to an even better one,” he said.

Adarsh Rio George, senior vice president at a marketing house, prays that as we roll on to another year of hope, it should give the best for this great nation and its benevolent rulers.

He thanked all people who made 2012 beautiful for him, and wished that “this New Year may bring greater achievements, success and prosperity in our life.”

2013 is very important for Roaa Anwar, as she graduates with a law degree this year. “I want to pass with flying colours, so I look forward to spending more time studying. And of course, I will run one kiliometre every alternate day to keep myself fit and healthy,” she pledged.


Shelley Francis, Marketing Manager at KM Trading, thanks God for helping him being a part of all good things in life during the last year. He looks forward to a better 2013. “If someone asks me for a New Year resolution, I might recommend that they spend more time with their family members and friends that naturally will make them more responsible to the society,” he pointed out.

Rajesh Ravi Menon, a Dubai-based advertising agency’s account director, agrees with this New Year resolution, to find more time to be with one’s family. He also plans and recommends his friends to reduce frequent visits to food outlets. “Have a more stress-free life in 2013, “ he wished.

Seby George, an aspiring entrepreneur in Dubai, noted that we should always be realistic and optimistic. A perfect balance life between work and family is vital to meet all the resolutions that we make in the beginning of the New Year.

Ajay Chaturvedi, marketing manager at International Modern Hospital, says that he makes plans and adopts resolution for every New Year. But as the days pass he forgets everything, like most of the people.

“What we failed to achieve in the previous year should be our challenge and resolution for the next year.”

Fatima Punjwani, HR Manager at Transguard Group Emirates, said, “My ideal resolution for 2013 would be to travel the whole of the Middle East. Apart from that I look forward to excelling in my people skills and use them greatly at work as they’re a very important tool.”

Naseem KM, a senior officer at Dubai Municipality, said, “Even if we celebrate every New Year with all means of happiness, I feel it is also the time for a self-evaluation of our personal and social goals and commitments for which we have less time than the previous year.”

He wished the New Year 2013 might show us new horizons of hope and bring courage to move ahead.

Saifudheen KV, a banking professional in Dubai, said that every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.  He waits for a new dawn in his life, and quoted Mark Caine: “The successful always has a number of projects planned, to which he looks forward. Anyone of them could change the course of his life overnight.

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