x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 23 January 2018

JLT is better, but not perfect

Readers are all praise for the new roads in JLT that have eased traffic congestion. Other topics: UAE leadership, Turkey politics, Rahul Gandhi

Dubai residents heave a sigh of relief as traffic congestion eases at Jumeirah Lake Towers. Christopher Pike / The National
Dubai residents heave a sigh of relief as traffic congestion eases at Jumeirah Lake Towers. Christopher Pike / The National

I am writing in reference to the article Roadworks turn JLT snarls into grins (January 14). Problems are not 100 per cent gone.

Exiting from the cluster “S” side, for example, is still difficult in the evening, although queues are down to 10 minutes. If the hump 50 metres before the traffic lights were removed, then queues would be shorter.

Also, signs near the Emirates Gold building need to be in place to help people get into lane sooner.

With one exit lane to Sheikh Zayed Road (north), people are still cutting lanes and slowing the exit further. That said, the situation is much better now than before.

Lee Sutton, Dubai

The roads are almost perfect. It’s just the road signs that are a mess. I have no idea where Hadaeq Mohammed bin Rashid or Al Wajeha Al Bahriah are. I’ve wasted so much time going around in circles in an area I knew reasonably well before.

Gavin McKessock, Dubai

I live in cluster “O” and I have seen it all from the start. Now it looks brilliant. The park is fantastic too.

Helen O’Donnell, Dubai

The new roads have eased the traffic. Now I’m out of JLT in less than half the time it used to take before and its good to see the greenery on the way out.

Randall Mohammed, Dubai

It’s a huge improvement, but complete? Complete to me would be all lanes open and no cones on the road. Once this happens, we can really judge. I think it’s 90 per cent done.

Paul Booth, Dubai

Living in the UAE is a matter of pride

I am sure Emiratis, as well as all expatriates, would agree with me that living in the UAE is a blessing. The Vision 2021 for the UAE is a great project that aims to make life easier, better and safer for Emiratis and expatriates alike (Seven-year road map for UAE’s great “journey” (January 14).

I hope all of us can appreciate the leaders of this great nation for what they have done and are doing for us.

Our leaders are not willing to settle with any number other than the number one, and we should be grateful to them for that. Thank you UAE, thank you Sheikh Khalifa. Ebrahim Al Harbi, Abu Dhabi

Turkey stands in contrast to UAE

The opinion article Corruption scandal and its fallout settle uneasily in Erdogan’s Turkey (January 10) by Piotr Zalewski is an accurate account of what is happening in that country.

People in the UAE ought to realise how lucky they are to have a visionary leadership that always has the citizens’ well-being on top of its agenda. The transparency and fairness we enjoy in the UAE is in stark contrast to what the Turks are experiencing.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his AKP party refuse to take any responsibility for the scandals and blame others. Are they children? This is an embarrassment to them and the citizens of Turkey.

S Mikdadi, Abu Dhabi

Rahul must learn to become leader

This refers to the news report Gandhi hints he will accept PM role (January 15). To me, it would be an embarrassment for the billion-plus Indians if Rahul Gandhi becomes their next prime minister. Calling Mr Gandhi a politician itself is a disgrace, as he has absolutely no understanding of the difficulties the common people face in India. His birth into the Gandhi family is the only advantage for him. 

 For the most part since independence, Congress has ruled India. Yet the party has failed to live up to the expectation of the people and understand their desires. This situation cannot go on forever.

As Mr Gandhi has said, Congress must have better and strong association with the youth in India to change the thought process of the younger generation. It is therefore advisable that he put his sincere efforts to change the perceptions of the young people by heading the Youth Congress, the youth wing of his party.

He should educate and encourage the youth to understand the challenges India is going have to tackle in the coming years.

Ramachandran Nair, Oman