x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 17 January 2018

Keep all speed signs uniform on major motorway

Readers respond to The National's coverage and current events.

Pakistani cricketer Misbah ul Haq throws a ball during a training session in Dhaka. A reader speculates on what would happen if Pakistan win the Cricket World Cup on Indian soil. Deshakalyan Chowdhury / AFP
Pakistani cricketer Misbah ul Haq throws a ball during a training session in Dhaka. A reader speculates on what would happen if Pakistan win the Cricket World Cup on Indian soil. Deshakalyan Chowdhury / AFP

The front page article There's a speed limit, and there's the real speed limit (March 18) reported that there will be new speed signs on the Abu Dhabi-Dubai road: one showing the legal speed limit and one showing a higher speed that will incur fines.

The authorities should cancel all speeding tickets that are a direct result of this surprise change in the buffer limit on the Abu Dhabi-Dubai highway. If the authorities want to allow drivers to drive up to 160kph, then post a sign that says 140kph.

The buffer speed should be uniform everywhere. Put a stop to all this confusion. Confusion causes accidents.

I got a ticket recently when I was doing about 155kph on the Abu Dhabi-Dubai highway and I will be disputing it.

Ziad Q, Abu Dhabi

Clamping down on bad practices

The front page business article UAE banks banned from selling by phone (March 22) reported that the Central Bank has clamped down on banks calling customers to market loans and other services. Could these banks not advertise their products and then contact those who contact them?

Peter Cooper, Dubai

The Cricket World Cup endgame

In reference to Cricket World Cup groups points table (March 4), what would happen to the Pakistani team if they win the World Cup on Indian soil?

Would there be a reaction towards the Indian side for losing in front of their nation? Let's pray nothing drastic or out of the ordinary occurs if this scenario was to actually to play itself out.

Kaz Akbar, Abu Dhabi

Landlords must pay compensation

The news article Villa demolitions cause uproar (March 22) described the plight of tenants who were evicted from their villa for having illegal partitions. Nowhere in the world do landlords insist on a single cheque for rent. It is usually a monthly payment only. The landlords here ask for full payment for a year and if you leave midway, they will not refund the balance.

The landlord in this case should be asked to refund the amount immediately in full as obviously the partitions were his fault, and also to pay for transportation to new flats and another Dh10,000 to each tenant as compensation.

Dr KB Vijayakumar, Dubai

A fan's notes on Usher concert

I refer to the news article Shirt in place, Usher wows Dubai crowd (March 11). Yes, Usher did wow the crowd, and being one of his biggest fans ever, I can honestly say that it was the best concert I have ever been to in my entire life.

By the way, Usher didn't open with Hey Daddy ; he actually opened his concert with the track Monstar.

BD, Dubai

A question of right timing for offer

Regarding the travel article Wonderful vistas and VIP service (March 19), while I enjoyed Sue Ryan's article about Prague as it's one of my favourite cities to visit, I'm baffled as to the timeline stated for anyone wishing to partake of the Four Seasons Prague hotel's special offer.

As the deadline is March 31, it hardly gives anyone time to make the booking and arrange one's schedule via work commitments and so forth.

Graham Wride, Abu Dhabi

Correction on performing puja

In the article Hindu faith may be the world's oldest (March 14), the authors have written: "Before eating and bathing in the morning, Hindus often perform an act of ritual absolution called puja, which involves making an invocation or an offering to a god."

This is not correct. The sentence should begin: "After bathing and before eating in the morning ..."

Kunhi Kannan KR, Dubai

A thriving market for home buyers

The business article Miami homes back in vogue (March 22) described how international home buyers are attracted by a weak dollar and low prices in a depressed Miami property market.

Miami Beach was not hardest hit. Homestead, a city 30 minutes south of Miami, was hardest hit by foreclosures.

Miami Beach probably fared the best with South Beach falling maybe 20 per cent in home prices.

The market bottom of South Beach, for luxury condos, occurred last summer. Prices are up and inventory is very, very low.

Kevin Tomlinson, US