x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 23 January 2018

Arrest of Indian games chief late, but still welcome

Letter writers comment on India's corruption, Arabic books, Dubai's fortunes and parking in the capital.

I welcome you article, Police arrest India's Commonwealth Games chief (April 26). Ever since this scam was perpetrated and exposed, justice has been needed. Even though it came late, it is nonetheless welcomed by the people of India. A vast country like India can not afford to loose this much money and prestige.

Every Indian is suffering with inflation, high costs and other day to day problems. Corruption and scams are more visible, and thus more harmful, in this sad state of affairs.

K Ragavan, Chennai, India


More than books make up a culture

I refer to the news article, Why are so few reading Arabic books? (April 23). This is an interesting but disturbing trend. I thought the days of colonial ideas regarding certain culture because of their practices was over?

But, alas, it seems some still believe that the number of books published in a certain country makes the culture of that place better than others.

Nasima Yamchi, Ras al Khaimah


Don't forgot about families in Rifa

One needs to use a torch while walking at night on the road in this Bur Dubai's Rifa neighbourhood. With so many hotels, hospitals, schools, mosques, western clubs and fine middle class residential buildings here, residents deserve better.

For instance, the roads don't have any foot paths or street lights to make one step out and walk in peace. If you want to walk or jog, then you have to invade the busy road at your own risk.

With so many families staying in this area, the kids and ladies can become a victim to the dangers. It seems that the Government is oblivious to the lack of facilities for the residents here.

Authorities are doing their best to provide facilities and the demands for certain civic amenities elsewhere; such attention to Dubai's Rifa neighbourhood would also be welcomed.

Manoj Kumar, Dubai

Dubai recaptures piece of past glory

The news article, Passenger numbers fly high at Dubai airport (April 26) portrays the real position of Dubai. Western media often portrays Dubai in a bad light. They use word like "shambles" to describe Dubai. But all measures seem to show that Dubai is regaining its footing and past lustre. We can see it in the field of real estate, as well as air traffic and freight movement. The western media should stop with its malicious propaganda and accept that Dubai is back.

Najath Manzil Ahmed, Abu Dhabi

Schools need parking reprieve

I am very impressed with the Mawaqif parking that is being introduced in Abu Dhabi. It is certainly making a difference. However I was very surprised to see painted curbs outside schools in areas intended for loading and drop-off. How are parents expected to deal with small children and get a parking ticket? I am sure this is some sort of mistake and it needs to be rectified as soon as possible

Colin Hill, Abu Dhabi

Female foeticide a serious social ill

I refer to the news article, Female foeticide on the rise in India (April 26). While empowering oneself to become wealthier is everyone's objective, immorality, disrespect of elders, material exhibitionism, and now, a disdain for female children, bodes ill for a society. India's youth, as with all young people everywhere, are misguided.

AR Modak, Johannesburg


Honour contracts not excuses

I refer to the news article, Use of force is all in a good clause (April 26). This is a clear and a underhanded attempt by developers to protect their own financial interests. Force majeure in the rest of the world means events like war, riots or strikes. It also comes into play for acts of nature, like flooding.

But just imagine if they allowed such nonsense in other transactions, like if someone lost their job because of the credit crisis, making it impossible to pay a credit card bill.

Please don't allow such ridiculousness to be tolerated in the real estate sector. Otherwise, Dubai can absolutely kiss goodbye the prospects of any additional international investment dollars

Steven Wade, Abu Dhabi