x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 20 January 2018

An ‘online life’ is inevitable for the young generation

A reader asks why it was necessary to close down the Pavilion Dowtown Dubai art space. Other topics: mortgages, the Indian cyclone and the passing of Wadi Safi.

A reader asks why the Pavilion Downtown Dubai art space has to close. Randi Sokoloff / The National
A reader asks why the Pavilion Downtown Dubai art space has to close. Randi Sokoloff / The National

I refer to Shelina Zahra Janmohamed’s opinion article, My child must hold on to her private life (October 11).

After reading the article, I realised that I had actually done the complete opposite.

From the time my daughter was born, she has been the focus of my online/digital life.

From Facebook to YouTube, from Viddy to Twitter, she has played a very prominent role. I admit that I may brandish her as a trophy, as I am very happy for her to call me “Papa”.

However, more importantly, I believe that she will be part of a generation where the offline/non-digital life will be held in wonderment.

I believe that my inclusion of her in my digital life will help her understand her own life in the future.

In contrast, I very rarely draw my wife into my digital life.

This is because she isn’t signed up to the digital life. She prescribes to modesty in her personal life and I may not be able to protect her from digital voyeurs.

Mahmood, Dubai

Lender makes it expensive to exit

I am writing about Mortgage trap for homeowners (October 13).

I have a mortgage with a non-bank lender that is continuing to charge me 7.5 per cent on a variable rate mortgage despite the rates now being around 4.5 per cent.

When I tried to get out of the mortgage, the lender said it would impose a fee of 4 per cent, despite the fact that I was told at the time of signing up that the exit fee would be 2 per cent.

It is so bad that I am not even sure that I am dealing with a genuine mortgage provider.

Name withheld by request

Harry’s speech set a good example

Top marks to Britain’s Prince Harry for attempting to use the local language (Arabic leaves Prince Harry tongue-tied at Dubai fund-raiser, October 8).

So what if his accent was wrong? At least he tried, which is more than a lot of expatriates do.

Sylvia Moore, Dubai

Man of music will be sadly missed

It was sad to read about the death of Wadih El Safi (Giant of Lebanese music dies at 92, October 13).

May he rest in peace.

Tatania Efremova, Dubai

Pavilion closure is unwelcome news

I refer to Anna Seaman’s blog post The Pavilion Downtown Dubai is set to close (October 11).

Why? There are lots of empty spots in downtown Dubai that could be used as a showcase for the new design district.

This is really bad news.

Samer, Dubai

Cyclone damage adds to turmoil

I was saddened by the damage caused by Cyclone Phailin (200kph cyclone batters India, October 13).

The people of Andhra Pradesh have already endured great hardships due to the political turmoil surrounding the proposed splitting off of Telangana state.

K Ragavan, India

Israel’s intentions are not peaceful

I was disturbed to read Hugh Naylor’s article, Bethlehem’s economic potential squandered by Israeli occupation (October 8).

The more I read about Israel and its continuous attempts to cause chaos and imbalance, the more I believe that it does not want peace or wealth-sharing.

Israel is milking the United States and other nations for billions of dollars in funding each year by playing the victim.

It is simply supporting the weapons industry and has no wish at all to work for peace or for a free Palestine.

Brigitte von Bulow, Abu Dhabi

When will the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the International Atomic Energy Agency insist on inspecting Israel’s undeclared nuclear and chemical weapons arsenals?

It would seem dangerous and negligent to insist on removing weapons of mass destruction from one Middle East state while leaving hidden stockpiles of WMDs in another.

The entire Middle East should be declared by the United Nations as a nuclear and chemical weapons-free zone and all existing WMD, whether nuclear, chemical or biological, should be destroyed.

Anthony Bellchambers, UK