x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 21 January 2018

Cricket planners should allow for English weather

The lunar perigee, and the big bright "Supermoon" in brings, disappointed some people, but at least one reader thought it was just fine. Other letter topics: polygamy, cricket, heritage, airports and student mothers.

The 'Supermoon' of Sunday night was more than impressive enough for one reader. Antonie Robertson / The National
The 'Supermoon' of Sunday night was more than impressive enough for one reader. Antonie Robertson / The National

What a long and dramatic game of cricket the fans got this week (Clouds part for Dhoni's men to shine at Edgbaston, June 24).

Weather couldn't take away the win from India; the team played excellent cricket. Dhoni and his boys have big smiles on their faces,

But as a diehard cricket fan I feel I was badly let down by the ICC, and I'm sure I am not alone: A major 50-overs tournament final was almost ruined by weather. How and why on Earth did those in charge fail to allow a spare day?

ICC management must accept responsibility for failing to give millions of cricket fans the final we deserved.

Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi

'Supermoon' was truly impressive

My comment is about your news report 'Supermoon' leaves UAE viewers unimpressed (June 24).

I think that whoever was not impressed with that moon must not be impressed by anything.

Shondale Galindo, Abu Dhabi

Polygamy is to support women

Thank you for the column The hidden costs of polygamous unions society can't avoid (June 24).

I think polygamy usually does not work out well today, because people are misusing the original concept.

The reason why a man would have two, three, or four wives was only to help women in need, those who might be divorced, unable to support themselves, have children but no source of income, be disabled or fit into some other such category.

But today, it has become a symbol of status, social image, pride and pleasure.

Moiz SA, Sharjah

A man who marries two women is at least honest enough to do that. It means that he makes the commitment to support both of them. There are in every society some men who have relationships outside wedlock, avoiding any commitments.

Another point: The stigma associated with polygamy are not for women only. Many women will be unwilling to become a second wife; if he wants a second, won't he want a third and fourth?

Women may also hesitate about marrying a man who has never before married if they know his father has more than one wife. There is an issue about the mentality of young men brought up within families that find polygamy acceptable.

Iqbal Tamimi, UK

Preserve heritage before it's too late

Emirati man brings history to life (June 24) raises a valuable point - that we should maintain and document culture and heritage.

We live in a time where so many cultures have integrated and overlapped that it can be hard to know what originated where.

With all the development that the world has gone through, it's easy for us to forget what our ancestors have gone through to help us arrive where we are today.

It's nice to see that people still take an interest in heritage and culture and work to preserve it for the benefit of themselves and future generations. I will treat Abdullah AbdulRahman's book as a must-read.

Name withheld by request

Airport service was disappointing

Thank you for UAE seeks to protect rights of air passengers with special needs (June 24).

My last experience flying to Dubai left a lot to be desired as far as special-needs service goes.

I travelled from Cape Town international, where the passenger assistance included a wheelchair with personal assistance as well as someone to attend to my bags.

But when I arrived at Dubai Airport the wheelchair and assistant were available, but I was told very rudely by the person that he couldn't carry the bags and that I should hire a porter to do so.

I was unpleasantly surprised by the attitude as well as the bad service in this regard.

Razena Schroeder, Dubai

Not all women are up to challenges

As an Emirati student at Zayed University, I am impressed by some of the students who are also mothers, as mentioned in the story Emirati women face the challenges of being mummy students (June 22).

The women who are examples in the article seem to handle their stress really well; they must be very strong women with ambition. I feel very proud that they were able to achieve their goals despite the obstacles and hardships.

But also I do see some married women students, including pregnant ones, roaming the corridors and giggling with their friends. I am not sure if they realise the amount of responsibility that comes with these life-changing decisions.

Name withheld by request