His Excellency Mr. Amr Al-Dabbagh
With the end of 2020 behind us, it might be an understatement to say that it was not the year any of us expected to have. At the end of 2019 the world was in the midst of its usual end of year chaos; the balancing act that has become second nature to so many, of wrapping up the business year combined with the cheer of the holiday season, all over the world.
As we reflect on the year that was I’d like to thank each and every one of you. The year presented us with challenges and every single one of you rose to the occasion. In doing so, we were able to create opportunities out of those challenges; opportunities for our businesses to do good for our communities and to be there for them during one of the hardest times faced in generations. To those of you who were on the frontlines and to those who had to adapt to work from home life: your individual and collective sense of dedication, commitment and purpose is the reason we weathered the storm.
While there is still a ways to go, there is now a light at the end of the tunnel with the emergence of Covid-19 vaccines. A few more of those “can-you-hear-me-now?!” and “you’re on mute” zoom meetings until a semblance of normality will be able to return. Until then, let us all commit to continuing to do our best to protect our family, friends and colleagues.
As the late Nelson Mandela once said “Our human compassion binds us the one to the other – not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future.” Let us take our shared sense of humanity and compassion and the hope that it brings with it into 2021.