x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Camel research has moved past interest in racing

Praising a story from Saturday's newspaper, a reader expresses satisfaction that the UAE is on the cutting edge of research on camels. Other subjects today: Dubai property, Myanmar, Salam Street, Morocco, and more.

Cloned camels at the Camel Reproduction Centre, which, is, The National reported yesterday, doing some cutting-edge research into the biology of the animal. Delores Johnson / The National
Cloned camels at the Camel Reproduction Centre, which, is, The National reported yesterday, doing some cutting-edge research into the biology of the animal. Delores Johnson / The National

Thank you for the fascinating story about camel and "cama" breeding at the Camel Reproduction Centre (Multiplication stables, July 2).

Camels are amazing animals and I was surprised to read that relatively little scientific research has been done about them, compared to some other animals. It is good to know that the UAE has moved into the vanguard in this field of animal study.

And it was interesting to learn that what started rather frivolously, focused on racing camels, is now working at the forefront of scientific efforts to increase the food supply and human welfare.

John Lockwood, Dubai

Justice elusive for Strauss-Kahn

The amazing turn in the Dominique Strauss-Kahn story (Strauss-Kahn's bail waived as doubts arise over accuser, July 2) reminds us all that even international bankers deserve to be considered innocent until proven guilty.

Something improper may have happened in that hotel room, but it is no longer clear if any laws were broken. But Mr Strauss-Kahn was instantly condemned in the "court" of public opinion.

And so his career is stained at least, and finished at worst. Can anyone say this is justice?

Or is the European way, in which powerful men often get away with sexual excesses, more just?

Marian Johnstone, Dubai

Dutch message for non-Muslims

Your story Jews and Muslims unite to condemn Netherlands ritual slaughter ban (June 30) points to the fact that the simple solution would be to become vegetarian.

However, the real issue is an attempt to tell non-Christians that they are second-class citizens.

It may be a good idea for Muslim consumers to boycott any product coming from the Netherlands or any other country that has adopted an anti-Muslim stance.

It is ironic that western countries always talk about freedom of speech and freedom of religion but in reality their actions paint an opposite picture.

Name withheld by request

No recourse on property

I refer to your story Downsized Dubailand development sparks fury (July 1).

The sad truth is that in many developments since 2008, they have been delivered late and without the promised amenities being included.

Everyone who booked property after 2006 is holding negative equity because the market crashed 70 per cent.

And to top it all off, the banks and mortgage firms are charging interest for the delay period.

Alec Last, Dubai

Morocco's king deserves credit

Zaineb Al Hassani's article Historic vote for Moroccans (June 30) was very informative.

It sounds like a very courageous and a challenging act by the king, to transfer some of his power. You can see that Morocco is on the way towards becoming a modern country.

Monarchy doesn't look so bad sometimes.

Gaye Caglayan, Dubai

The bad influence of a TV show

Shallow it may be but this teen drama has a huge influence (July 2) outlines the lifestyle envy created, especially through product placement, in young people all over the world by the American television series Gossip Girl.

When it's not peddling products, this series is selling sex and a licentious lifestyle. It is truly a bad influence.

If young people are lured by the "bling" and fancy clothes, won't they be tempted by the promiscuous lifestyle too?

Dolores Maguire, Abu Dhabi

The problem with trying to save

Your Personal Finance article We need 'psyche' of a saver (July 2) reports on a new public-opinion poll that shows that few people in the UAE think they are saving enough for retirement.

This is hardly surprising. With food prices going up faster than rents are coming down, few of us have much chance to "get ahead of the game".

Karen Quinn, Dubai

Myanmar election just a sad sham

I refer to Myanmar warns Suu Kyi to end 'illegal' political activities (June 30). Aung San Suu Kyi is out of prison (for now) but we can see that nothing else has changed in Myanmar.

Elections are permitted but campaigning against the regime is deemed to be dangerous to "peace and stability". What a sad sham.

Jean Albertson, Abu Dhabi