x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

Let developers include places for dog parks

Setting aside some areas for dog parks would solve a problem for everyone, a reader writes. Other letters deal with Vladimir Putin, a delayed flight, Emiratisation, and the petrol mystery.

There is a simple solution to the old dispute over canine pets, a reader suggests: dedicated dog parks. Owners would be expected to clean up after their animals, and people who dislike dogs could just stay away. Mike Young / The National
There is a simple solution to the old dispute over canine pets, a reader suggests: dedicated dog parks. Owners would be expected to clean up after their animals, and people who dislike dogs could just stay away. Mike Young / The National

In response to the article Dog days in the Greens may be numbered (September 27), I want to say it is a shame that this issue of dogs not being welcome in public places continues to hit the headlines.

If developers included dog-friendly areas within their designs, this would help, as so many people in Dubai keep pets.

When dogs are banned from residential areas, what are pet owners supposed to do? Dogs require regular exercise and social encounters otherwise a whole host of other problems arise, such as aggressive tempers.

It would be great if the authorities developed dog-friendly parks across the city - secure environments, which could be monitored so that owners pick up after their dogs.

Reducing the areas for dogs to be exercised is not the answer. Creating sufficient dedicated space surely is the way forward.

Jenny Hunt, Dubai

Too optimistic about property

I think that your headline Cityscape expo signals optimism returning to Dubai property market (September 27) is a bit too optimistic for the current realities.

The situation is actually more a case of treading water while investors sink, I'm afraid.

A Wright, UK

Putin is not good for Russia

I was astonished by the letter to the editor praising the Russian president/prime minister/presidential-candidate Vladimir Putin (Putin is restoring Russia's reputation, September 27).

The headline is ironically correct: he's restoring Russia's czarist and Communist reputation.

Once again Russia is today known around the world for undemocratic one-man rule with opponents in exile, jail or cowed silence, the economy in tatters, and neighbouring countries nervous and intimidated and looking for friends elsewhere.

The Russian people, meanwhile, are endlessly stoic, apparently just accepting their lot.

Name withheld by request

Nobody should ever forget that Vladimir Putin began his career as a member of the feared Soviet secret police, the KGB.

And once a KGB man, always a KGB man.

He and his junior partner Dmitri Medvedev may be popular, but only because they control the media and silence any opposition.

Edmund Dorf, Dubai

Why were people kept on hot plane?

I want to respond to Technical problem and sick passenger delay Etihad flight for four hours (September 23).

The story did not mention that passengers were forced to sit for hours on an airplane with malfunctioning air conditioning.

Passengers in economy class endured extreme discomfort as the internal cabin temperature rose. People were sweating. Babies were screaming. Some passengers required oxygen. I was one such passenger.

It was the first time I ever heard the announcement: "If you are feeling faint, please contact the cabin crew."

No wonder one elderly man suffered a medical emergency.

Deborah Lynn Reas, Abu Dhabi

Education key to jobs for Emiratis

This is about your story Emirati jobs 'are a bigger challenge than downturn' (September 27).

There are enough well-paying jobs in the private sector to absorb most if not all Emiratis.

However, high salary expectations, and an education system not aligned to the needs of the job market, have let them down.

But it seems that the authorities are aware of these deficiencies and at least in Abu Dhabi we are seeing major change for the better in the entire educational system.

Hormaz Dastoor, Abu Dhabi

Petrol woes are explained at last

How refreshing to have an explanation for the petrol crisis which began last spring in the Northern Emirates (Enoc wants to sell oil but not at a big loss, September 27).

The real cause is now clear: retail chains owned by Dubai must lose money selling petrol there, but balked at subsidising drivers in other emirates. Fair enough.

But why didn't somebody just say so at the time, instead of giving us all that business about "technical upgrades" and then lapsing into shamefaced silence?

Fred Lansing, Dubai

Our cartoonist does good work

Your cartoonist Shadi Ghanim is a genius. His (or her?) drawing on women getting the vote in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia (September 27) was simply brilliant.

Anwar Khan, Dubai