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Looking ahead with hopes and dreams

Staff Reporteryouth / 1 January 2012

As another year goes by, we speak to some of the prominent members of the UAE society about the year gone by and their expectations for New Year.

DUBAI - As another year goes by, leaving with us many fond as well as disturbing memories, we speak to some of the prominent members of the UAE society about the year gone by and their expectations for New Year.

 

“I believe 2011 was a positive and productive year for me, both on a personal and professional level. Professionally, I believe we have managed to contribute to the improvement of road safety records and standards in Dubai through the various projects we have implemented during 2011. I also believe we have worked hard to improve our services to customers and businesses through the use of various convenient service delivery channels.

I also hope and believe that we will continue to contribute to road safety and service delivery in 2012, as we have a set of important projects lined up during the year.”  -     Ahmed Hashem Bahrozyan, CEO of Licensing Agency, Roads and ransport Authority

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“I feel 2011 was volatile for the rest of the world than for the UAE, where business was stable if not flourishing. Despite unrest in the region, the UAE proved to be the right destination for investment. I expect and hope in 2012, emerging markets, BRIC and Asian countries will lead the world economies and pull out the rest of the world from the economic slump. I hope world leaders will adopt a cohesive approach to fight against recession. A major challenge for the global economy will be to create jobs in such slow and uncertain atmosphere.”  -        Jitendra Gianchandani, Chairman and Managing Partner of Jitendra Consulting group

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“A year has passed, adding a new mark in history. The Arab world witnessed several turbulences in 2011 that has affected everyone on a global level. As we receive the New Year, I hope that security, safety, stability and well-being will prevail. May everyone around the world enjoy a period of peace. The 40th UAE National Day celebrations lasted for 40 days, under the patronage of the country’s beloved rulers. The UAE, like a bride in her wedding dress, still remains radiant.”  -      Yusuf Al Sharief, Deputy Spokesman of the Sharjah Consultative Council, Lawyer and Legal Adviser

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“I hope my country will regain security and stability and I pray we get a new leader who really loves Egypt and can positively contribute to its prosperity. We have seen enough of revolutions and riots in 2011. I also hope that unemployment, and people living in shantytowns will become a thing of the past. When it comes to my private life, my new year’s resolution is to attain spiritual peace. I also wish I can raise my children along with my husband in the best possible manner. ” -          Lina Abdel Rahman Mostafa, Egyptian resident

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“We are bidding farewell to 2011, a year of surprises and revolutions, to welcome 2012 with new hopes and optimism for peace and freedom. I think 2012 may be a year of uncertainty because of the expected worldwide recession, new governments forming in the Arab world and unexpected shifts. However, I hope 2012 is the best year for everyone, and I wish all success and prosperity to the UAE in the New Year.  -          Akram Kanso, PR Account Manager

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“The year 2011, which was the 40th anniversary for the union, proved that the country is solid and strong in facing all kinds of challenges and showed more growth in all sectors. I think that the year 2012 will bring more growth and prosperity for the country and all the residing people within it. Such growth and prosperity needs everyone to collaborate.” -     Nasser Ahmed Al Osaiba, Emirati Legal Adviser

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“I appreciate that  hypermarkets and cooperative societies across the country showed in 2011 their utmost support to the Ministry of Economy in implementing its strategies benefiting the consumers and reduced the prices of thousands of edible and non-edible commodities, while international markets were comparatively high.

“In 2012, we expect the same spirit of cooperation. It’s very early to speculate whether prices of foodstuff commodities will go down, we can ensure that foodstuff prices are going to be closely monitored and any undue escalation in prices in the market would be curbed.” -

Dr Hashim Al Nuwaimi, Director of Consumer Protection Department at the Ministry of Economy

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“In 2011, we have seen a significant growth in remittances as compared to 2010 because of the currency depreciation against the US dollar. The past year had been good for expatriate community in terms of their remittances to their home country. For example, currently Dh1 is valued against the Indian currency at Rs14, so it’s giving good benefit.

“Whereas in 2012, we expect that the currency is going to remain the same against dollar while there are some speculations that it would further slide down. We also hope that this year would bring more businesses as the influx to the UAE is growing rapidly and hospitality and service sectors showed remarkable growth.”   Sudhir Kumar Shetty, COO Global Operations of the UAE Exhange

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“2011 saw a lot of economic and political upheavals but at the same time it brought new life and hope to the Arab world. I feel 2012 will see a bigger shift in economy and socio-political scenario of the region. Hopefully, it will bring stability and prosperity to the region. In UAE, also we saw some great initiatives this year, like that of elections and personally being part of the electoral college and one of the candidates was a great experience. I believe this step will help the country grow further.“ -     Ayesha Al Suwaidi, Journalist and a member of UAE’s Electoral College

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“In 2012, we will be going into our 5th year and there will be a lot of areas we will be looking at. I will be reviewing the yield of all our efforts towards making the outcomes of education in Dubai better. Soon we shall see how far we have come after three years of Indian school inspections, and we will get further results later from other curricula schools which will be ending their fourth cycle of inspections.

“As the new academic year begins we will also see how the new Law 21 will affect Nationals because they will have more university programmes available to them.

This will be a year of results, and the returns will benefit parents, schools, teachers, students, and everyone at KHDA who has worked towards these improvements. September will be the time when we hope we put Dubai on the education map. Everything we have done over the past five years, what all of us do in our everyday work, should translate into Dubai seeing improvements.”

— Dr Abdulla Al Karam, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director General at the Knowledge and Human Development Authority news@khaleejtimes.com

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