What do you want f or Egy pt i n 2016?
I want all Egyptians to focus on their own jobs. Since 2011, everyone has been concentrating on politics and conspiracy theories, criticizing without presenting solutions, and protest- ing. My specific wish is that the people in charge of tourism do their job properly to bring tourists back. It’s perhaps the one thing that will benefit Egypt the most while not requir- ing money to be spent. We have everything to attract tourists here and now.
Tamima Gamal, 30, housewife
I want Egypt to be rid of the extremist ideologies that have spread in recent years and resulted in so much death and destruction. Those ideologies were never part of Egypt’s soci- etal fabric, so I believe it should be easy to eliminate them. If we can mostly eradicate these ideologies, Egypt’s future will be more promising than ever.
Mahmoud Gamal, 68, retired army general
I really wish God would show President Abdel Fattah el Sisi the right path for improving Egypt. All the things wrong now are a result of the wrong people surrounding him. They are unable to share and execute his vision for Egypt. Sisi is Egypt’s one and only hope for a better future. He has united Egyptians under the same flag, now everyone must follow their conscience in everything that they do, or else Egypt is doomed.
Abdel Rahman Mohamed, 47, street vendor
It’s all about hard and honest work. Everyone just needs to focus on doing their jobs. And when there are elections, we need to research each candidate thoroughly and choose them wisely. They will be making decisions on our behalf, so we need to trust them and trust the majority that elected them. Egypt will never improve as long as everyone wastes their energy and time criticizing what the other does.
Zeinab Hassan, 38, human resource manager
Right now, I don’t understand or trust anything the govern- ment has been doing or saying. What I want for Egypt in 2016 is for the right people to make all the right decisions to make Egypt a better place, and also for the people executing their plans to do their job correctly.
Khadiga Rashid, 42, house maid
I really want the government to do what they promise. They need to improve everyone's lives, not just improve the lives of the rich. I also wish that tourism would come back. I used to sell souvenirs in the afternoons, but now there are no tourists, and I lost the extra income that I relied on.
Hamdy Tawfik, 28, office boy
I want all the highly skilled Egyptian expats who left to pur- sue careers in other countries to come back. Now Egypt needs them, and they need to be put in decision-making positions. This is the only way for Egypt to move forward, with young Egyptians who have knowledge and skills, and everyone else believing in their potential and supporting their visions. We can’t improve as long as we have decision makers who came from within the system. They don’t know any better.
Tamer Yassin, 35, economist