From dramatic US elections to Covid-19 vaccine development and climate change discussions. The year 2021 was immersed in a pool of good as well as bad news. So as we stand at the last few days to say goodbye to this frenzied year. Here is a list of 9 most talked about events of 2021 that will be etched into our memory forever.
Table of Content:
- Joe Biden becomes president
- Supply Chains came to a halt
- Covid-19 vaccines arrive in less than a year
- COP26 in Glasgow
- Tokyo Summer Olympics
- Dubai Expo 2020
- Suez Canal obstruction 2021
- SpaceX | First all-civilian spaceflight
- 50th Union Day & new UAE logo
Joe Biden becomes president
Vice President of the time of Obama, Joe Biden took oath as the 46th President of the US. At the same event, Kamala Harris took oath as the first woman, first South Asian, and first black American vice president of the US.
Performances by star personalities of Lady Gaga & Jennifer Lopez made headlines across the world. Additionally, The Hill We Climb poem by Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman was the talk of the town.
Supply Chains came to a halt
In the wake of the first wave, industries and manufacturing units let inventories fall off. The aim was to avoid being grappled with unsold goods. This strategy proved effective owing to the imposed lockdown. However, people resumed work once they were vaccinated. As a result, consumer demand skyrocketed in 2021. Many factories and companies learned they were lacking goods and supplies. Besides, the inadequacy of shipping containers and reserves around the globe rubbed salt into the wound. Computer chips were the most scarce item. Gasoline, corn, hot dogs, chlorine, chicken, and palm oil were some of the other insufficient goods in 2021. Furthermore, even when supplies were an adequate and not alarming concern, the labor force was often lacking ever since the pandemic began. The supply chain falters by COVID-19 are here to stay for a longer time than expected.
Covid-19 vaccines arrive in less than a year
On average, 10 – 15 years of thorough research go into the successful development of a vaccine. In the previous years, the Mumps vaccine was the quickest to have been developed; in only 4 years. Considering these stats, the generation of the Covid-19 vaccine in less than a year is a historic milestone for the world. Equally important, the leading Covid-19 vaccines were impressively effective. With this, the idea of ‘quicker the development, lesser the efficacy’ was ruled out. 70 countries came forward to contribute, and in the first 11 months of 2021, over 7.4 billion vaccine doses were administered in 184 countries. Isn’t this one of the most important events of 2021?
The Covid-19 vaccines may join other virus-borne vaccines as one of the advances in saving lives. In other news, while the world was coping up with the emergence of a more infectious Delta variant, the Omicron variant – identified by South African scientists in November 2021 is causing another tailspin.
COP26 in Glasgow
After G20, it was time for COP26 at Glasgow. Also known as the UN climate change summit, COP26 saw leaders from all across the world. The most important topic that caught everyone’s attention was – setting an emission target for each country. Keeping in mind the surge of global warming, the countries unanimously agreed on a climate deal. Importantly, the nations that contributed majorly to carbon pollution were asked to generate and submit effective emission reduction pledges by the end of 2022. It was an ask for a better environment and a healthier lifestyle.
Since not all leaders were completely happy with the discussion, they will come together again. They would gather in Egypt in 2022 to re-assess and re-plan the goals and growth. These climate change events of 2021 are noteworthy.
Tokyo Summer Olympics
Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics was one of the most awaited global events to be postponed due to the pandemic. Originally, the multi-sport event was to take place between July 24, 2020, and August 9, 2020. With all the delay and further planning, the Games were to take place from July 23, 2021, to August 8, 2021. Finally, the world witnessed the power and magic of unity and solidarity. Olympians from across countries came together with only one motto: to make their nation proud. Following a healthy competition and an unmatched ethos of sportsmanship, world records were broken as well as new, incredible, and unsurpassable records were created.
With Tokyo 2020 Games, the world came together for the first time following the onset of the pandemic. It is believed to be the most connected Olympic Games in the history of sports.
Dubai Expo 2020
This global wonder is one of the most exciting events of 2021. It kicked off in October 2021 and will continue until March 2022. Dubai–one of the most magnificent and leading business hubs in the world, is hosting the World Expo 2020, and the event is full of spectacular events displaying the cultural heritage and innovation of more than 190 countries worldwide. A platform for world-class artists and inventors, Expo is here to change the way you see the world.
G20 Summit 2021
On October 30, 2021, leaders of the world’s 20 biggest economies gathered for the G20 summit. The main agenda was to move further. In addition to this, world leaders took pledges this year. The countries agreed to set and achieve the international goal of administrating vaccines to the least 40% population by the end of the year. They agreed to take measures that would control and eradicate hunger and accomplish food security and adequate nutrition. The nations undertook a consent to restart safe international travel. Ultimately, they decided to stop funding coal-fired power generation overseas.
Suez Canal obstruction 2021
A 400 m long cargo ship – Ever Given got stuck sideways in the narrow Suez Canal. The ship was wedged for as long as 6 days and 7 hours. With a hassle in the supply chain and world economy, the ship led to a tedious traffic jam of over 400 ships at either end of the canal. The Suez Canal lost a colossal volume of revenue for each of the days. Also, trade along the waterways was facing a major loss.
SpaceX | First all-civilian spaceflight
Do you remember hearing anything about the launch of Inspiration4? Let me tell you that SpaceX created history in 2021 with the world’s first spaceflight having all civilian members. With the Crew Dragon capsule, a four-member crew took off. The mission was on a recycled Falcon rocket from launch complex 39A NASA’s Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral in Florida, US.
None of the travelers were professional astronauts. They were in space at an altitude of 575 km and revolved around the Earth for 3 full days. The spaceflight splashed safely in the Atlantic Ocean off the Florida coast.
In addition to this, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos launched his spaceflight company called Blue Origin. Jeff completed a planned 11-minute trip into suborbital space. Accompanying Bezos was his brother, Mark, and the other two, who became the oldest (82-year-old) and the youngest (18-year-old) ever to fly to space. In this event, the Guinness Book noted plentiful world records.
50th Union Day & new UAE logo
His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, announced 2021 to be ‘The Year of the 50th’ as the nation completes 50 years of the foundation since 1971. The country experienced a vibrant, historic, and spectacular 50th UAE National Day celebration to mark its Golden Jubilee eventful milestone.
Not to forget, people all over the world chose a new UAE logo. The 7 lines design won be the new logo for the next 50 years. The logo is an embodiment of the seven emirates and the seven founding fathers. It also complements the slogan ‘Make it Happen’.
Last in the significant events of 2021, UAE and its international finance hub, Dubai are all set to adopt a new work week from January 1, 2022. The goal of the switch to a four-and-a-half-day workweek is to align business with global markets. Friday will be a half-day, with Saturday and Sunday being a weekend.
After the disaster that 2020 was, expectations from 2021 were high. While it didn’t stand up to those, the events of 2021 were definitely much better than 2020. As we enter the New Year 2022, I wish you and your family happiness, love, success, and harmony.
Happy New Year!