Every December, people worldwide take the opportunity to reflect on the year that has past, as well as the year ahead. For many, the new year represents a fresh start to get rid of bad habits or start something new.
Making a new year’s resolution has become a long-lived tradition  to welcome in this new beginning and time of renewal. The habit dates back to the ancient Babylonians. While folks of the past made promises of paying debts and returning objects, today's generation often makes a mix of funny, weird and self-centered resolutions.
No doubt the nature of resolutions change the world over - what someone in Timbuktu decides they need to work on in 2014 will vary from what someone in New York promises themselves at midnight on New Year's Eve. Similarly, the resolutions Middle Easterners will set themselves for 2014 will be linked to their ongoing surroundings - 2013 was a big year and lots of things changed the region's status quo . Looking back over the region's celebs and leaders (as well as standard cultural icons), and what they got up to last year, we've come up with some resolutions for them - to better their lives and ours!
From Bashar Assad to that taxi driver that won't stop talking, here are Al Bawaba's imaginary new year's resolutions for the Middle East.