x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 20 January 2018

Motherhood is the best time, but all mums need help

Mothers of young children need help to ward off the baby blues, a reader says. Other topics: the tourism dirham, Khalifa City, Superman Kerry and UAE-Australia flights.

Staying active plays a key role in young mothers beating the baby blues, a reader advises. Sammy Dallal / The National
Staying active plays a key role in young mothers beating the baby blues, a reader advises. Sammy Dallal / The National

With reference to the article, Mothers need help for “Baby Blues” (April 2), my heart goes out to all those mothers who are facing or have faced this seemingly simple but very tragic mental and physical condition.

I myself underwent this troublesome phase. But I am proud of myself because I tried my best to overcome this problem and would like to share my small but very powerful tips to all those suffering mothers.

Have a heart-to-heart conversation on a daily basis with your husband. You should convey all your feelings – whether happy or sad – with him. Trust me, this will alleviate your inner stress to a great extent.

You could also approach your friends and family members. But husbands are the best. They should realise what it is to be a mother from your own words.

Go out very often – for walks, little shopping trips etc. The idea is do not lock yourself up in the confines of your house. The fresh air will work wonders in boosting your energy levels.

Never hesitate in asking for help from anyone and everyone.

Listen to soothing music and take time out for yourself by doing things like reading books.

The idea is to always indulge yourself in creative and positive things. This way, your mind will always be occupied with happy things.

Remember, motherhood is the best phase of your life. It may be an altogether out-of-the-world experience, but it is an experience of a lifetime.

Nobody is in a better position to help a young mother than her own self.

Fatima Murtaza, Abu Dhabi

Assessing Dubai’s ‘Tourism Dirhams’

With regard to your story, Dubai hotels start charging ‘Tourism Dirhams’ (April 2), I think this is a great move. It’s barely $4 to $5 a night so it shouldn’t be a problem.

Faisal Yaqoob, Ras Al Khaimah

This is fine and it’s better than increasing the Salik toll by a dirham.

Tourists will be willing to pay this anyway. Just check the breakdown of your airfare and you will find out that a huge percentage of that goes to taxes.

Ricky Longares, Dubai

So long the tourism dirham is only a charge (or, in simple words, a tax) to fund the Expo 2020 and does not carry on further, that’s fine.

The trouble is I doubt that will be the case.

The reason the charge is continuing to be implemented is that in addition to maintaining existing infrastructure and funding/developing new infrastructure, the cost of maintaining new infrastructure has to be covered as well.

This is why I expect it will continue to be implemented long after the Expo is over and done.

Name withheld by request

This is why Khalifa City is so popular

With regard to your article, Khalifa City is Abu Dhabi’s most sought after rental neighbourhood (April 2), recent changes to mortgage laws in UAE mean that most people cannot afford the substantial deposits required to buy apartments on places like Reem Island.

So they prefer to live in a huge rented property in Khalifa City, which explains the sudden popularity of the area and also explains the way more money is moving into stock markets and away from the real estate sector.

Conrad D, UAE

Superman and the peace process

I have to say that I found the juxtaposition on your front page – involving a photograph of an ageing Superman, the headline (kryptonite takes its toll) and the John Kerry article – fascinating.

Paul Atlan, Abu Dhabi

UAE’s burgeoning links to Australia

Your article in the business section, Suitors wooing Arabian Gulf tourists (April 2), reflects the rapidly expanding commercial aviation relationship between Australia and the UAE since 1996. It has been the catalyst for the surge in trade, investment, tourism and people-to-people links between Australia and the GCC countries.

I would like to point out that there are currently 126 flights per week between Australia and the UAE (not 18, as stated in your article) and this number will rise to 133 (not 25) in July this year.

This phenomenal growth will help this relationship continue.

Pablo Kang, Australian ambassador to the UAE, Abu Dhabi