My 2013

26 Dec 2013
POSTED BY Y Magazine

As a new year draws closer, it’s a good time to reflect on the last 12 months. We asked some notable people in Oman, from different sectors, to tell us about their 2013.



 

REBECCA

Rebecca Mayston – Guide Oman

Q. What was your most memorable moment in 2013 (either personally or professionally)?

It has to be all my travels this year. I was able to share my brother’s 30th birthday with his friends in the vineyards of Bordeaux, France, in June, which was fantastic. We’ve managed to get the whole family together for the first time in four years, not once but twice this year. I’ve also been to Iceland and India this year. I’ve been lucky enough with my job to see some memorable things in Oman. The scenery here always blows me away.

Q. What are you most looking forward to in 2014?

I hope to have new challenges, new travel and new fun. The places I’d like to visit are Africa and South America. Zanzibar, with its connection to Oman, is also on my radar.

YUTHAR

Yuthar al Rawahy – Cancer survivor and founder of the Oman Cancer Association

Q. What was your most memorable moment in 2013 (either personally or professionally)? 

Having been given the shocking diagnosis in April 2013 at the Royal Hospital of having Stage 1 invasive breast cancer. After 15 years of being cancer-free, I was both devastated and in emotional turmoil. But with the help of an amazing medical team, I underwent surgery to remove the tumor. So I guess personally that was the best moment in 2013, to have come out successful in my fourth battle against cancer and to be a prime example of someone who has lived the message we strive to impart through the Association, which is “Regular examination and early detection saves lives.”

Professionally, I must say that it was being nominated by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said as a member of the Majlis al Dawla.

In retrospect, I would say the best moment in 2013 is being given the gift of life; cancer has shown me its ups and downs but has made me see things more clearly; it has enforced the belief in me that life is worth fighting for.

Q. What are you most looking forward to in 2014?

I have a lot to look forward to in 2014 with regard to the Oman Cancer Association. The first is the relocation of our headquarters. Since its inception in 2004, the association is increasing in strength and has received tremendous response to all the awareness campaigns, due to which we will be shifting to a bigger and more accessible location in Ghubra. The second item on the agenda is the re-branding of the association (while I cannot divulge more on this prior to the relaunch, I would like to notify all to anticipate new changes).

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LENA

Leena Jubair al Bastaki – Managing Director, Misk Muscat 

International LLC, Master Franchisee of Gloria Jean’s Coffees, Oman

Q. What was your most memorable moment in 2013 (either personally or professionally)?

The most memorable moment professionally in 2013, was completing one year from opening Gloria Jean’s Coffee: seeing how the brand has grown to truly being loved and a respected coffee house, and the passion and commitment of Gloria Jean’s Coffees’ team. This has kept me motivated, challenged and ready for the next year.

On a personal level, not giving up on learning the French language as I have had when I was younger. This time, I will continue…

Q. What are you most looking forward to in 2014?

Doubling the size of Gloria Jean’s Coffees outlets in the market and becoming the market leader in guest service. Another major excitement for me is opening our third outlet in April 2014 at The Wave, Muscat. On a personal level, I am looking forward to enjoying every moment of my two young boys growth and getting to share each moment with my family and kids.

 

LUBNA

Lubna Zakwani – Creative Director

Endemage fashion label 

Q. What was your most memorable moment in 2013 (either personally or professionally)?

2013 was an extremely exciting year for Endemage as we took part in two fashion shows. We started the year with the Muscat Fashion Week in January and ended it with Fashion Forward Dubai in October!

Q. What are you most looking forward to in 2014?

I hope that 2014 will be our most prosperous year yet, filled full of success. I also hope to garner international recognition as an emerging regional designer.

 

CHRISTINA

Christina Scheppelmann – Director General at Royal Opera House Muscat 

Q. What was your most memorable moment in 2013 (either personally or professionally)?

There were way too many and too many memorable ones, though you are asking for only one: passing by Spitsbergen Island (off the Svalbard archipelago in Norway) on a cruise ship and looking at strikingly blue glaciers under a blue sky at 1am during one of the bright northern summer nights, was a truly unique experience – I even saw a polar bear and a pack of walruses.

Q. What are you most looking forward to in 2014?

I can’t say – whatever 2014 will bring I am sure it’ll bring many wonderful moments and interesting encounters, so 2014, here I come!

 

ZUWEINA

Zuwaina Ahmed Said Al Badaa’i – Co-owner and managing partner of Star Of The Sea 

Tourism, a dhow cruise company

Q. What was your most memorable moment in 2013 (either personally or professionally)?  

Throughout the whole of 2013, the year has provided me with remarkable memories and laughter. Thanks to God, the things we take for granted, like simply doing voluntary work and spending quality time with family, have all been memorable and cherished. 2013 has shaped my perception of life and made me a more courageous woman.  As I reflect on the year and its challenges, the bold decisions I took in both my personal, as well as business life, make me happy that I came through this year.  For me, 2013 has been the best year to learn and develop my business. The lessons I have learned and the business experience gained this year have been absolutely remarkable. I must thank the Fund for Development of Youth Projects (Sharakah). The fact that one can look back at the year, reflect and perhaps hope that the coming one will be the best, is a blessing.

Q. What are you most looking forward to in 2014?

My plans on a business level include building more capacity and diversity for dhow cruises.  But most of all, I look forward to the year with enthusiasm and sincerely hope it keeps my family and I healthy and happy.

 

ABDULLAH

Abdullah Jbr Nasser al Busaidi – Communication & Public Relations Manager

Bait Al Zubair Museum 

Q. What was your most memorable moment in 2013 

(either personally or professionally)?

2013 has been a very challenging year in my career and personal life. Sarah’s death (Sarah White, arts advisor and museum director at Bait Al Zubair Foundation, who died aged 45 due to surgical complications in April) affected me profoundly and it is only now that it’s really starting to hit me. Suddenly the person who was a best friend and colleague is no longer there to guide and advise me. It was Sarah who recommended me to be a manager at the museum, she saw something in me, and I am very grateful. On a positive note, the way the team here handled her death and moved forward was very inspiring. I feel very privileged to work here. And Sarah’s legacy means she lives on at the museum.

Q. What are you most looking forward to in 2014?

I’m looking forward to the opportunity to start a new page and take the good memories onward. I’m usually a positive and happy person but I feel that I’ve let myself down this year. On a lighter note, I want to work on my waistline. With my career and work, I haven’t been looking after my health as well as I used to. So I want to eliminate the excuses for not eating well and exercising this year. Another personal aim is to listen more to people. I’ve learnt this year that life is about learning and joy.

 

GARRY

Garry Friend – General Manager, Grand Hyatt Muscat 

Q. What was your most memorable moment in 2013 (either personally or professionally)?

You could say 2013 was a year of great change and many new challenges, as anyone who has moved countries knows. The first day of work at Grand Hyatt Muscat in January was perhaps my best – meeting the team, getting stuck in and working on new ideas and strategies.

Q. What are you most looking forward to in 2014?

On January 22, we are holding the first back2business Oman event that will see more than 500 people from across the business sector in the Sultanate come together for the biggest networking event in the country. Working with the team to realise this has been extremely gratifying and I can’t wait to attend and see the impact this unique event will have.


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