x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 21 January 2018

Don't spend too much on mobiles

A reader says it is better in every sense to avoid buying an expensive mobile handset. Other topics include: Emirati women, sick note, rape, sleeping ponds.

A reader says it is better to buy a cheaper handset than wasting money on flashy models. Amy Leang / The National
A reader says it is better to buy a cheaper handset than wasting money on flashy models. Amy Leang / The National

Why spend so much on flashy mobile phones?

It is difficult to make out which way the mobile phone is going (Move over iPhone, BlackBerry or Samsung: King of phones in UAE is not so smart, May 5).

The phone has grown in size and price over time. And as the demand for features grew, the mobile phone got smarter and the war between manufacturers became more intense. Today we have reached a point at which we are willing to pay an unbelievably high price for a handset. And people are pushing back.

What happened? Has common sense dawned on people?

Whatever the reason, it makes sense to buy a cheap phone. How many features of the average smartphone do we really use or even need?

Many realise this but can't resist the temptation to own the latest and expensive model.

Ideally, we should pay for what we use. Think that way and you will understand that buying an expensive and flashy handset, for most of us, is a waste of money.

Feel proud to own a cheap phone for a change.

Sneha Shruti, Abu Dhabi

Reforms laws to help new mums

I really enjoyed reading the opinion article Working women need support, not an early retirement (May 6).

I totally agree that the last thing Emirati women need is an early retirement age. It does not make any sense to me.

Personally I find working in the Middle East as a mother of two much easier than in Europe. Here, hired help is readily available and as long as you realise that maids are not there to replace parents you can't really go wrong.

The one downside here is the lack of maternity leave. It's only 45 days which is not long enough to bond with your child. The best thing I did was not work for four years while my kids were babies. Then I was able to return to work in a senior role.

Another barrier to entry is the lack of part-time jobs.

The government needs to review maternity policies and part-time work to encourage more women to work. There are so many talented women here.

Emma Kettle, Abu Dhabi

Don't punish all for faults of few

In the news article DHA charges Dh60 for each sick note (May 1), Engineer Larry McGuiness was quoted saying: "I think it would be a massive deterrent to those lower-paid members of society to actually take sick leave. They will then go to work and spread their illness."

He also rightly pointed out that only a few workers saw sick leave as a holiday.

The fee means everyone is being punished for those few who abuse the system.

TA Palani, Dubai

Protect girls from sexual predators

I am commenting on the news article Indian child, 5, 'critical' after rape in New Delhi (April 19). I also watched the video (Five-year-old rape victim in India puts spotlight on child abuse, April 27).

The word rape sounds disgusting. Unfortunately, it is so common today. Incidents of rape are increasing in India, where one victim's story seems to be more horrifying than the other. The latest victim to emerge in the press is this five-year-old girl, whose life has changed forever.

Will protests and stricter laws change the situation and prevent criminals from hurting innocent girls?

There is a photograph of a protester holding a banner that says: "Dear society, teach your sons not to harass rather than teaching your daughters how to dress."

To me, this photograph addresses a situation that exists in every society. People are often critical about how girls dress. Rape victims are often blamed for their "faults". Why?

Razan Elzubair, Abu Dhabi

Aston not the right choice for police

It's a bit impractical to use such exotic vehicles for police work (Dubai Police car collection continues to grow with addition of an Aston Martin, May 6).

Maintenance costs for such vehicles are very high and they are not designed for the rigours of police work, which is hard on a vehicle. I would suggest that the police buy less exotic vehicles which would be easily modified to attain the higher performance levels needed. It might be cool to patrol in a Bentley or Aston, but it's not cost-effective.

Jeff Taylor, Dubai

Sleeping pods a good way to rest

I am commenting on the news article Hi-tech sleeping pods unveiled at Abu Dhabi airport (May 5). We tried this a year ago in Pakistan. It didn't take off. I am sure they will prove to be more successful here.

Muhammad Naeem Ul Fateh, Pakistan