x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 22 January 2018

Memories of the old days

Readers write in praise of a column recalling a childhood in a UAE now long gone. Other letters deal with Canadian sports, western charities, Iranian diplomacy, and National Day.

A recent article about growing up in Abu Dhabi in the 1970s sparks nostalgia among readers. Courtesy Al Ittihad
A recent article about growing up in Abu Dhabi in the 1970s sparks nostalgia among readers. Courtesy Al Ittihad

In reference to the Business blog Cherie Blair's charity for women seeks ties with regional telecom companies (November 30), as a charity organisation the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women focuses on women's issues and, as is often the case with western mindsets, it projects the western ideal of womanhood on others.

In this regard, these western organisations assume anyone wearing a burqa or niqab to be suffering from domestic abuse in a misogynist society. It is odd that Cherie Blair's charity seeks a tie with regional telecoms company when Arabs are often looked down upon.

Unless and until the stereotypical image of Muslims or Arabs changes, tying up with these western charity group is like saying thanks for being looked down on.

JB, Abu Dhabi

Sports coverage ignores Canada

Yesterday I immediately went to the sport section to see if there was any coverage of my favourite sports from home in Canada (and almost always, I am disappointed as the coverage The National provides is scanty and inadequate at best).

Yesterday I saw that nothing had changed - not one word in yesterday's sport section about any kind of North American sport. Where's the balance?

Name withheld by request

Great memories of old Abu Dhabi

I just read Ali Khaled's column about growing up in Abu Dhabi, A country grows up fast, just like its carpark footballers (November 30), and wanted to send a note to thank the newspaper for such a well-written column that I could relate to in many ways.

Mr Khaled's sharing of the memories of his childhood reminded me of mine, and how similar, simple and enjoyable it was growing up here.

Tala Al Ramahi, Abu Dhabi

Thank you for the incredible article in The National today. It made my day and made me miss the old days in Abu Dhabi.

I'm sending it to all my "old Abu Dhabi" friends.

Jasmine Zaki, Abu Dhabi

Fun and foam on UAE National Day

This was my first National Day in the UAE. Neither The National nor

anyone else had told me about the business with the Crazy String and

the aerosol foam "snow" that everybody was using down on the Abu Dhabi Corniche.

At first I thought there could be some disputes or even fights coming from rowdiness, but we stuck around for some time and while we saw a lot of horseplay, it was all remarkably good-humoured, we found.

Everyone seemed to really enjoy all the decorated cars and the whole scene.

I just wish I had had the concession to sell those aerosol products.

Ross Ladouceur, Abu Dhabi

Footballer gets deserved acclaim

In regard to Grant Holt has more than proved his point at Norwich City (November 30), he's been a great player for our club and his determination is infectious.

For all Norwich City fans in the UAE, we have an official supporter group that watches the games in the Dhow and Anchor in the Jumeirah Beach Hotel.

Philip Bray, Dubai

Arrogant soldier abused his rights

In regard to US soldier insulted passport officer, court told, the arrogant behaviour of the American is not surprising.

Perhaps he should receive the same treatment that was meted out to Emirati students in the United States, who were kicked off a plane (Emiratis seek apology after being removed from US flight, November 27).

It seems that one person feels he has every right to insult others while others have the right to be insulted.

Name withheld by request

Britain provoked Iranian retaliation

This is in reference to Britain hits back after mob attacks embassy in Iran (December 1). Neocolonialism is the order of the day; although the grandeur of Britain has been over since the Second World War, old habits die hard.

Britain has been provoking the Iranians to do what they did. The UK prime minister David Cameron, while returning from India rushed through Pakistan hurling abuses at Iran. That's the mindset of most of Britain's leaders and people.

But the beginning of the new order started after Second World War. The writing is on the wall, and it is there for those who have eyes that can see.

Name withheld by request