(Some) Good Things Did Happen in 2020

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2020 has been a hard year to love. Between the pandemic, the Australian wildfires, Kobe Bryant’s premature death, George Floyd’s tragic killing, and the devastating Beirut explosion, it was as if one piece of grim news followed another right on cue. While it’s hard to see anything beyond the monstrous dark cloud that 2020 is – although thin – there is, in fact, a silver lining to it all.

With that in mind, we’ve rounded up all the good things that happened in 2020. We hope these 10 heartwarming events bring you hope as we cross over into a new year.


We Reconnected with Family and Friends Like Never Before

The lockdowns left us with more time on our hands than we knew what to do with. Thankfully, so did all our friends and family members. Before we knew it, our lockdown schedules were quickly filled with Zoom meetings with long-lost friends and even online gaming sessions. There’s a tiny part of us that misses it now that it is all in the past.


The UAE Made History with the Launch of the Hope Probe to Mars

The momentous launch of the Emirates Mars Mission made history in more ways than one. The Arab world’s first interplanetary mission blasted off from Japan’s Tanegashima Space Centre on 20 July. The spacecraft, which is set to enter the Martian orbit in the first quarter of 2021, is tasked with studying the red planet’s atmosphere and its layers on a global scale. 


Kamala Harris Became the First Female US Vice President-Elect

The American Presidential Election of 2020 was historic in more than one way. Not only did a record-breaking 104 million people cast their votes, but American voters also elected their oldest President to date and the first-ever female Vice President. Kamala Harris – the daughter of two immigrant parents – is the first female Vice President, the first Black Vice President, and the first Asian American Vice President in the United States.


The UAE Government Announced Scholarships for Frontline Workers' Children

While we took to the safety of our homes and wished for the pandemic would just go away, healthcare workers persevered and fought the virus at the frontlines. In September, the UAE Government granted full scholarships to the children of essential workers, which is valid until they graduate high school. Laptops and transportation are also covered under the special scholarship. We’re not crying, you’re crying.


We Had Difficult Conversations About Racism

The tragic killing of George Floyd sparked protests around the world. Difficult yet much-needed conversations on the subject of racism were had on a global level.


Drive-In Cinemas Made a Comeback

A silver-lining to the pandemic, drive-in cinemas (finally) made a comeback. Making us wonder, why did they go out of style in the first place anyway?


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Carbon Emissions Dropped

Global carbon emissions dropped by a record 7% this year thanks to the pandemic and the ensuing movement restrictions.


We Learned to Slow Down

With the outside world on hold, we revisited forgotten hobbies like reading, painting, baking, and gardening. The world as a whole learned to slow down and appreciate the small everyday things.


The Academy Award for 'Best Picture' Went to an International Feature Film

Korean movie, Parasite, made history by becoming the first-ever international feature film to win the Academy Award for ‘Best Picture.’


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We Learned the Importance of Supporting Small Local Businesses

Businesses – both big and small – took a hit thanks to the pandemic. Small businesses were obviously hit the hardest, and seeing their local businesses struggle, people came out in full support.

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