x Abu Dhabi, UAE Friday 21 July 2017

Dubai’s Expo 2020 win makes everyone proud

Readers say individuals – nationals and expatriates – should make effort in their own way to make Expo 2020 a success. Other letter topics: Paul Walker, drone, road safety, women's safety

Readers say the Expo 2020 win has put Dubai and the UAE into the forefront as emerging societies on the world stage. Above, fireworks explode from Burj Khalifa after the announcement last month. Christopher Pike / The National
Readers say the Expo 2020 win has put Dubai and the UAE into the forefront as emerging societies on the world stage. Above, fireworks explode from Burj Khalifa after the announcement last month. Christopher Pike / The National

I congratulate the UAE’s leadership on the country’s phenomenal achievements.

A major landmark in the UAE’s success has been set recently when Dubai won the bid to host the prestigious Expo 2020.

This achievement has given more prominence than ever to the UAE on the global map. By continuously striving for social and economic development, the UAE has set an example for others in the region and beyond. No wonder it commands so much respect from the international community.

I would seize this opportunity to mention that I have spent 16 years of my life in Dubai, for which I feel proud. Kudos to Dubai and the UAE.

K Ragavan, Dubai

Now that we have passed the first and most important challenge of winning the bid, the next big challenge will be the planning and implementation of the vision of the leaders of the UAE.

Let’s all try to contribute in our own way to make it an event for all to remember.

Deepak Chandwani, Dubai

Even though celebrations have come to an end, the UAE’s flag will keep flying high. After all the excitement and festivities, it’s time to thank the great leaders of this country, who held people’s welfare and development above every thing else.

Krishnan EV, Dubai

Don’t forget Walker’s friend

My love and prayers go out to Paul Walker’s family (Fast & Furious star Paul Walker’s death casts huge shadow, December 1). Also, let us not forget the other person who was killed in the car accident, even though he was not as famous as his actor-friend.

Judith Cooke Welling, Abu Dhabi

Keep an eye on road safety

I understand that National Day in the UAE is a time of great celebration. But at a time when the country is working hard to improve the safety of children and adults on the nation’s roads, is it really a good idea to show children and young adults standing up through their sunroofs and hanging out the side windows of their cars as they parade up and down the Corniche in Abu Dhabi – with many traveling at a speed over the posted limit?

Alan Branson, Abu Dhabi

Drone idea can benefit everyone

The editorial A gift from above (December 3) discussing the plan of Jeff Bezos, the billionaire behind online shopping behemoth Amazon.com, to use drones to deliver orders was interesting. Drones are usually used for military purposes. Mr Bezos’ plan shows how technology can be used in day to day life to the benefit of common people.

A video posted on the company’s website also depicts how drones will boost customer service.

If the idea becomes a reality, it can bring a massive change in companies’ delivery strategies as well as greatly benefit the logistics industry.

Ramachandran Nair, Oman

Humans must forget inevitable

I refer to Ayesha Al Khoori’s blogpost Dealing with death (October 3).

We do forget that one day death will reach us all. But that’s how we are created. Otherwise we would be depressed all the time.

Name withheld by request

Women’s safety should be priority

I refer to the news article Wheels are turning with New Delhi’s women taxi drivers (December 2).

At last the Delhi government has come up with an idea to ensure women’s safety. Women taxi drivers will actually make a difference. Many women are scared to travel by taxi in Indian cities where cases of rape and molestation have been steadily rising. Yet women’s calls for safety measures have ended with protests. Similar initiatives are necessary across India as all major cities in the country are becoming increasingly unsafe for women. I hope what has started in Delhi will eventually be implemented in other states.

Pranay Tiwari, India