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2012: The Year of the Dragon

With UAE-Chinese relations improving significantly, Kipp takes a look at what’s so special about the Year of the Dragon

January 22, 2012 4:26 by

  • It is interesting to note that out of all the animals that feature in Chinese astrology, the dragon is the only fictional animal. Unlike the Western understanding of the dragon as an animal of terror, the Chinese dragon is considered to be a symbol of power, superiority and rule.

    The Chinese believe that those born in the year of the dragon tend to emulate the wise dragon. While one born in the year of the Dragon (like the very Kipper writing this up) tend to be active and ambitious do-ers, they can also be hot-headed (they blow fire if you test their temper) yet they have a soft spot (quite like the dragon's softer underbelly).

  • The Year of the Dragon is usually considered auspicious, and yet the predictions made by the Feng Shui Index (oh yeah, this mix of astrology and market research is real) released by Hong Kong-based brokerage firm CLSA, suggest otherwise. The reason being, this particular dragon year is associated with water, which is known to be far less lucky than fire and metal when it comes to investing.

    But it isn't all bad. The Feng Shui Index predicts 2012 will end positively especially in October and November, when "the metal element dominates".

  • It doesn't take too much effort to Google the predicted events for 2012. With a plenty to choose from those sites titled doomsday/ Armagadon/ What to expect in 2012, we have picked out some of the top events predicted to occur in 2012.

    March 01 - Greek Drachma bank notes are exchangable for Euro until this time.

    April 15 - It will be the RMS Titanic`s 100 anniversary since the sinking in 1912.

    July 27 - Opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics begins in London at 7:30 pm

    November 6 - United States presidential election, 2012

    December 31 - Expiration of the Kyoto Protocol

  • This year, as Jones Lang LaSalle will have you believe, will be the year in which the tenant finally becomes the king in the UAE realty. Though, we'd like to believe them we can't help but dismiss it when we think of certain tenants being locked out of their own homes at the Shoreline development on The Palm (not to name names). Either way, here are some predicted trends for 2012:

    Daily deals get refined: Hoorah! We were getting tired of all the moosavings, yallabannas and what not.

    Mass markets will be micro-fragmenting: Forbes predicts that 2012 will be the year more and more market segments will shatter. Think more personalized products and more customized customer care.

    The TV finally becomes Smart…again: there has been much talk about finally making the average home TV as smart as all the other shiny pieces of technology in the average person's home. Some think 2012 will finally be the year TV makes the transition.

    Sophistication of social: the explosion of social media a few years back has not been very well received by a good chunk of those in the business world-just ask Kipp! Could 2012 finally be the year in which brands here in the UAE jump on the bandwagon and embrace the technology for all its worth?

  • The legend has it that Buddha called all the animals to meet him on the Chinese New Year. However only 12 animals met him and he named each year in honor of each animal. As such, each person who is born in a particular animal's year, tends to embody some of the animal's characteristics. As we mentioned before, those born in the Year of the Dragon tend to be active go getters and do-ers, yet they have a quick temper but also a soft spot. If you are born in The Year of the Dragon, what will 2012 have in store for you? Here is one prediction we liked:

    "Such people such double their efforts in whatever they do - work, education and other projects. Their natural talent and abilities should stand out with great results.

    However, watch out for that temper! Keep it in check and do not spoil your good work."

  • The celebrations for the Chinese New Year extend for 15 days and end with a Lantern Festival on the day of the full moon. The festival is usually synonymous with mounds of excellent food, firecrfackers, dragon parades, gifts (especially money). Family members generally congregate for a feast on New Year's Eve. In addition many hang glowing lanterns in the temples or carry lanterns during the evening parage during the lantern festival. And yet, the 100 meter long dragon dance does tend to be the highlight of Chinese New Year.


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