x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 21 January 2018

Dive sites open for business

A reader says, despite rule changes, it is still relatively easy to get to Oman's tourist sports from the UAE. Other letter topics: technology, police work and a pet ban.

A reader says it is still relatively easy to visit the popular attractions of Oman's Musandam district. Ali Haider / EPA
A reader says it is still relatively easy to visit the popular attractions of Oman's Musandam district. Ali Haider / EPA

In am writing in response to Protest prompts border rules talks (September 24) about congestion caused by new visa regulations for travel between the UAE and Oman, and their impact on the dive industry.

Yes, a new system is being implemented, and there might be occasional hiccups and a lack of communication about the new procedures.

However, if you show up at the border with the right documentation and if you book with a serious dive operator to assist you, you will be able to enter the Musandam Governorate without any hassle.

The regulation has now been in place for two months and many dive operators have still been extremely busy during this time.

If you are a resident of the UAE, contact a professional Oman-based operator to dive Musandam, not a third-party centre. You just need to send copies of your passport and resident's visa.

If you are a tourist in the UAE on a visitor's visa, there is no requirement apart from showing up at the international border with your passport - just as you would do at any border.

Christophe Chellapermal, Oman

Fast-acting police deserve praise

In reference to Armed robber steal Dh1m in 30-second exchange heist (September 25), hats off to the Dubai police for a job well done in detaining some suspects so quickly after the robbery.

Ziad Q, Abu Dhabi

Advances make many lives easier

I am surprised by how quickly technology is advancing in this day and age.

It used to concern me how much humans are dependent on technology and machines. However, after reading Rise of the machines (September 24), I now realise that technology can do amazing things for some people, such as those who are paralysed or have other disabilities.

I hope that, in the future, these machines will be widely available to those people who can benefit from them, and that all technological advances will help towards the betterment of humankind

Nouf Bakhsh, Sharjah

Pet ownership rules restrictive

I just read New rules shock for Ajman pet owners (September 10) and I believe this is a shame.

How can they make such a law to ban pets from apartments and limit the number allowed in villas?

Pets are part of the family for many, not things to be discarded because someone doesn't want them around.

As for diseases, how many people get sick from contact with cats and dogs? Why can't people choose to have a pet or not?

S Reis, Dubai

Website security upgrade welcome

Website hangs up 'phishing gone' sign (September 24) caught my attention.

It seems that many peopleare under the impression that websites are 100 per cent safe, even though such scams are still occurring.

The online classified site Dubizzle is designed to help people find things they are looking for, yet others have chosen to misuse it.

Hopefully, the upgrade to the site will help us all feel more secure when using it.

Vismay Anand, Dubai

Singh has ignored impact of inflation

Regarding Singh's appeal has fallen on deaf ears (September 23), I think Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh has used his television address to create fear in the minds of the people.

The purpose of this address was asking the people to give him a chance to overcome the present crisis. However, the Congress party's Aam Aadmi political agenda has created a lot of hurdles for the country - including high inflation - which Mr Singh has completely ignored.

If this new strategy is passed, it may take some time, maybe months, to settle the crisis.

K Ragavan, India

Remarkable win for Lukashenko

What a remarkable, unparalleled run of success President Alexander Lukashenko and his party have had in Belarusian elections since he came to power in 1994 after the break-up of the Soviet Union.

It's incredible that, once again, not a single opposition candidate has won a seat in that nation's parliament.

The complaint aired in Observers slam Belarus polls as regime loyalists clean up (September 25) must surely be dismissed as sour grapes from disgruntled opponents of his enlightened and increasingly popular regime.

J Ryan, Dubai