Probably not much. 2016 may have been dubbed by the Internet as “the worst year ever”, but, in the spirit of Christmas and New Year’s, let’s try to count our blessings. It’s a good thing too that we only have 10 fingers. Yadobak! 

1- The Mannequin Challenge

It’s always the same every year; an internet video goes viral and we’re left to read/hear about it for months afterwards. This year’s was the Mannequin Challenge, and we got to see a lot of cool and inventive ones on social media. Here are some of the best:

2- West World 


This year, we were blessed with this thought-provoking modern day classic series. It glued us to our computer monitors and softened our hearts in a really hard year. (If you still haven’t jumped on the West World fast train, go ahead. We’re stopping for you; 2016 ain’t over yet).

3- The comments we got from the hashtag: #مصر_عشان_تنعدل_محتاجه

This hashtag was trending on twitter and the people have spoken. They all took to twitter what they thought Egypt needed to strive. Here are some of the best tweets:

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4- Game of Thrones cast visiting Syrian refugees in Greece

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In this Thursday, June 30, 2016, handout photo provided by the International Rescue Committee, actress Maisie Williams, center, poses for a photo with refugee girls in the Cherso refugee camp, northern Greece. Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams traveled to Greece with co-stars in the TV fantasy drama Liam Cunningham and Lena Headey to visit refugee camps with the relief organization, the International Rescue Committee. ( International Rescue Committee via AP)

In June this year, Maisie Williams, Liam Cunningham and Lena Headey visited refugee girls in the Cherso refugee camp in northern Greece. Maisie Williams bonded with a girl whose dream is to become an actress.

5- It was the year that marked the first Palestinian woman to climb Mount Kilimanjaro

Yasmin El-Naggar

2016 was the year that marked Yasmin El-Naggar’s accomplishment to be the first Palestinian woman to conquer Africa’s highest mountain Kilimanjaro.

6- A British couple cloned their dead dog 

The newborn puppies Shadow and Chance
The newborn puppies Shadow and Chance

A British couple, Laura Jacques and Richard Remde, had a boxer dog who was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour. Unfortunately, the dog later died of a heart attack. In a South Korean biotech firm called Sooam, however, cloning dead dogs is a reality. The couple decided to genetically engineer a copy of their dog, and he now lives on in two healthy puppies which they picked up from South Korea. This story just makes my heart happy.

7- The first plane without a drop of fuel flew around the world 

GIZA, EGYPT - JULY 13: Solar Impulse 2, the solar powered plane, flies above Giza Pyramids as Sun-powered aircraft finishes its penultimate flight, landing in Egypt on July 13, 2016 in Giza, Egypt. (Photo by Jean Revillard / Solar Impulse 2 / Pool/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
GIZA, EGYPT – JULY 13: Solar Impulse 2, the solar powered plane, flies above Giza Pyramids.
(Photo by Jean Revillard / Solar Impulse 2 / Pool/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

For the love of environment and anti-pollution, it was announced that the journey of the entirely solar-powered plane which took to the skies in March 2015 has finally come to an end. The revolutionary Solar Impulse 2 touched down in Abu Dhabi after being in the air for 16 months.

8- Grand Hotel

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During Ramadan, our hearts and mind were content with the presence of Grand Hotel on our television screens. The old school romance between our new favorite TV Egyptian couple Aly and Nazly have left us in complete awe. Everything about the show screamed revolutionary, with the spectacular scenery and cinematography, the elegant costumes, the A-class actors list as well as the timeless human relations packed within the series.

9- Pokemon Go 

Surely we’ll miss all the moments our friends stopped us dead in our tracks so they would go chase some Pokemons and come back. It was also announced that a Harry Potter Go App is cookin’ somewhere and we’ll take a bite soon.

10- Think of your personal 2016 favorite moments 

This year has been weird and dysfunctional, so put aside all the crazy world news and peculiar incidents and think of your personal achievements and setbacks.

What are you thankful for this year?