How do you think the year 2019 was and how dif­fer­ent do you think 2020 will be?

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Si­vasankar Pri­vate sec­tor em­ployee

With 2019 end­ing to­day, by the grace of God, it was a won­der­ful year for me. I would al­ways cher­ish the good mem­o­ries. There are, how­ever, huge chal­lenges ahead. The best part is at the be­gin­ning of ev­ery year, I say that this year would be the best in my life.

Ibrahim Mo­hamed En­gi­neer

The year was full of events. Lots of things have changed glob­ally and in Oman. 2020 is ex­pected to con­tinue this trend with chal­lenges re­quir­ing so­lu­tions to be im­ple­mented. The main chal­lenges are em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties and eco­nomic di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion.

Mo­han Anan­dan Bank­ing sec­tor

Year 2019 wit­nessed dis­tur­bances in many parts of the world and not many peace ini­tia­tives were forth­com­ing. En­vi­ron­men­tally too, the year was not good for the Earth with the for­mal an­nounce­ment by the US to with­draw from the Paris cli­mate agree­ment. Hope­fully, 2020 will bring a new line of think­ing on the sub­ject, when a new ad­min­is­tra­tion takes over there.

Su­nil Seth Se­nior sales man­ager

A World Bank re­port states that the econ­omy is likely to grow at a faster pace against a mar­ginal de­cline in 2019. While 2019 has been chal­leng­ing for the Mideast due to geopo­lit­i­cal ten­sions, there are rooms for sus­tain­able im­prove­ment in Oman through eco­nomic di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion, tourism and Tan­feedh ini­tia­tives.

Prashant Upad­hyaya Mar­ket­ing spe­cial­ist

2019 has been a year of hope for the world. For the GCC, there were lots of prom­ises amid tur­moil es­pe­cially in the oil and gas and petro­chem­i­cal in­dus­try. I hope 2020 will be a year of change. Tremen­dous chal­lenges await the world and the GCC.

Praveen Ku­mar Stu­dent

I think 2019 had been a great year for in­no­va­tion. Many in­ter­na­tional com­pa­nies took part in in­no­va­tive projects con­vert­ing diesel and petrol en­gines into elec­tric ones which will be cheap and curb pol­lu­tion. I hope 2020 will be about bring­ing this in­no­va­tion into im­ple­men­ta­tion.

Muna Basheer al Zad­jali Pri­vate sec­tor em­ployee

There are many neg­a­tive things which hap­pened in 2019 but you can al­ways look for­ward to 2020 in a pos­i­tive man­ner. I hope 2020 will be the start of a new era for de­vel­op­ment and moder­nity, ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy and global har­mony among peo­ple. I ex­pect 2020 to be a spe­cial one for ev­ery­one and a year for world peace.

Arya Ra­machan­dran Stu­dent

I would say that 2019 was a com­pet­i­tive year. I hope that 2020 would be more eas­ier and bet­ter than 2019. Many things could have been done this year and I hope this would be achieved in 2020. I hope 2020 would be a bet­ter year.

Muthu­mari Pan­dian Home­maker

2019 was great for many in­no­va­tive im­ple­men­ta­tions in Oman, es­pe­cially in the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor. I hope 2020 will be a pro­duc­tive and pro­gres­sive year for Oman. I think 2020 will be the be­gin­ning of Oman to emerge as a na­tion of in­no­va­tion.

Seema Mallya Pri­vate sec­tor em­ployee

This has been a great year for Oman as it did ex­ceed­ingly well in the tourism sec­tor. We see the coun­try mov­ing out of the oil de­pen­dency which was the case ear­lier. If the coun­try does well it’s a good year for its res­i­dents and cit­i­zens. I hope 2020 gives Oman a bet­ter and big­ger plat­form to show­case it­self glob­ally.

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