08/01/2009 10:19 PM | By Mohammad Jihad, Community Web Editor
Dubai: Give your friend a hug today, it is the International Friendship Day, which falls on the first Sunday in August.
Gulf News readers may not be familiar with this day, but many believe that you should appreciate your friends' loyalty and love everday.
According to Abir Ahmad Ansari, a travel coordinator residing in Sharjah, the most important thing in a friendship is trust.
She said: "If you trust the person and that trust is not broken then the friendship will last forever."
Having a friend also means accepting the positives and the negatives in their personalities.
Ansari, a Pakistani national, has known her best friend for four years.
She said: "I can call her that because I feel comfortable sharing everything with her. She was there for me during difficult times as well as the good times."
Ali Arjomandi, an Iranian national residing in Dubai, thinks that a friendship should not be celebrated just once a year.
Arjomandi, a project manager, said: "You should appreciate your friends' loyalty and love every day."
Although Arjomandi's best friend of nine years lives in Canada, they are still close and stay in touch regularly.
He said: "What makes our friendship work is our similar personalities - we are both adventurous."
One of their daring attempts was jumping off a cliff in Toronto.
Arjomandi also uses social networking sites as a tool to stay in touch with his friends and reunite with old ones.
Noel Malicdem, a Filipino national, has also found social networking sites a great way to catch up with school friends.
Malicdem, an architect residing in Al Ain, is planning to bring his friends together on International Friendship Day, as they all live in different emirates.
He said: "This is a good excuse for me to get my friends together and have a big day out."
Malicdem has known his best friend, who shares the same first name and lives in the Philipines, for more than 25 years.
He said: "We have always been close due to the fact that we trust each other and accept the good and the bad in each other."
Tanisha Gupta, an Indian national residing in Sharjah, thinks that the similarities between people is what builds a friendship.
Gupta, an assistant media planner, said: "I think popularity is a major factor in a friendship because that would tell me that the person is fun and sociable. And I am definitely the latter one."
She feels that friendship is an important part of life, as friends are there to help each other out in need.
"I help my friends whenever they need me and vice versa. I think it is something that friends do without realising it."