x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 24 January 2018

Don't disturb people who are watching a film

A reader says one should avoid making or taking calls on mobiles at a cinema in order not to disturb other movie-goers. Other letter topics include: Dubai theatre, Hizbollah, governance, business, tinting and Tunisia.

A reader says people should not disturb others movie-goers by taking or making calls on mobiles. iStockphoto
A reader says people should not disturb others movie-goers by taking or making calls on mobiles. iStockphoto

I am commenting on the blog post Hate mobile phones at the movies? Then stay Home, Alone (May 2). I don't think laughing while watching a film is a problem, but talking loudly on the phone is.

You must have noticed that before the start of a film, an Axiom advert appears on the screen with a message: "Turn your cellphone off or to silent."

People never want to be disturbed while watching a film, whether this advert is played or not.

You should understand that you are not at home but in a cinema where people don't want such distractions.

Shayam Al Ameeri, Abu Dhabi

Hizbollah knows what's in store

Lebanon was already involved when it allowed its territory to be used for the arming of the Syrian rebels (Hizbollah's strategy in Syria will accelerate sectarian war, April 24).

Many people believe that the US and its allies are planning to go after Hizbollah once they have dealt with Bashar Al Assad. So Hizbollah doesn't need complicated plots involving Iran to realise that it is fighting in Syria in its own interest.

Wim Roffel, US

Dubai needs a proper theatre

On Friday, my daughter and I had the immense pleasure of watching the Royal Moscow Ballet troupe perform Swan Lake in Dubai. It was exquisite to see such a professional slice of culture.

Sadly, the same cannot be said of the venue. It would be fair to say that the convention centre in Dubai is perfect for exhibitions and weddings, but not for performances like this one.

To appreciate the hard work of the ballet dancers and the orchestra, one needed to watch it in silence and comfort.

Dubai delivers the best on many occasions, but not in this case. May I request the concerned authorities to build a proper theatre so that such performances can be thoroughly enjoyed in the future?

Jane, Abu Dhabi

Bad governance brings suffering

People suffer in countries that are ruled by obstinate, self-serving governments (Regional violence batters Algerian tourism industry, May 6).

It happens everywhere. No one wants to visit countries that are at war. Those who suffer the most are the people who rely on tourism, such as shopkeepers, tour guides, souvenir sellers, and restaurant and hotel staff.

Brigitte von Bulow, Abu Dhabi

In business you must be practical

Many successful businesses have been started by best friends, siblings and couples (What to do if I fall out with my free-zone business partner? May 4).

After all, you know you get along with your potential business partner and it's easy to imagine all the fun you'll have working together. But the first thing you'll want to do when starting a business with a friend is imagine the worst-case scenarios and then prepare for them by drafting a partnership agreement.

You might consider legally structuring your business as a general partnership. In a general partnership, the partners run the company and are responsible for the company's debts.

A limited partnership, on the other hand, has both general partners and limited partners, who are involved as investors only (for example, your parents) and have less liability than the general partners. This form is less common and involves complicated paperwork; so you'll be more likely to consider implementing a regular partnership.

In that case, you'll need to initially speak to a qualified business consultant or lawyer about the issues of a general partnership.

A lawyer or consultant can draw up the partnership agreement or propose to you a structure that helps to protect your assets.

Winston Wambua, Dubai

Be more strict over window tints

I refer to the news article UAE drivers in the dark over too much tint (May 6).

Why not simply ban the use of tint beyond 30 per cent and enforce the law? Better still, stop tinting more than the permissible limit at the point of sale.

Anthony Solloway, Al Ain

Tunisia is lenient towards radicals

I refer to the Arabic news digest item, Succession talks rage in Algeria as Bouteflika remains in hospital after suffering mini-stroke (May 10).

There is a terrorist presence in Tunisia not only because of its geographic location, but also because of the leniency the government shows towards Islamists.

Name withheld by request