Readers respond to The National's coverage
One youth goes in search of vital job experience
I refer to Khalid al Ameri's opinion article Put young people to work early to build our society (February 11). I second his argument. The article was truly well written.
As I'm a 19-year-old myself, I can totally relate to what has been mentioned in this article since I started working as young as 16. Prior to that, I hadn't known the value of money or appreciated workers or the importance of work in general.
Lately, I've tried to get hold of as much as work experience as possible, whether summer jobs or part-time work, after realising that this has helped me in making current educational choices. It certainly gave me an idea of what type of career path I want to pursue and what would be more suitable for me as well. Personally, I've become more responsible, independent, confident and professionally aware.
Therefore, I believe Mr al Ameri has voiced well our opinions about encouraging more work opportunities for youth. Do invest in our capabilities to be part of the country's valuable workforce and encourage us to contribute to the country's economic growth. Let us be the bright future in this present time.
Eman al Mughairy, Abu Dhabi
The past seen through Al Ain
The article Not just old mud bricks, a clue to the nation's past (February 14) described the work of conservationists to protect 40 Al Ain homes. I understand that the building process would not have started with a tower as is mentioned in the article.
As the settlers would have goats, donkeys, camels, chickens and family to protect, a large wall would have been built first followed by a well or an addition to the falaj irrigation system (where a levy may have had to be paid). Afterward a tower would have been built and expanded upon depending on need; otherwise the palm and mud houses would have been sufficient for the populace.
In times of strife, a second inner or outer wall would have been erected and then a hardening of the main house of either the ruling member of the family or head of the tribe would of been built to house and protect the other residents during an attack.
In some places, large intricate tunnels and hideouts were dug to make the village look abandoned such as was found at Jahili during renovation where the tunnels went off to the Mutaredh oasis and nearby fields.
Building such large reinforced houses took a lot of time and effort as gypsum needed to be brought in from outlying areas or dug from deep under the ground. A house the size of Wajid would take probably three months to build from the time of collecting materials to the final finished construction, probably employing 10 to 15 people.
Most of the buildings in Hili, Qatara and Jimi were very recently reinforced during the disturbances of the 1950s when Saudi agents tried to create tribal turmoil through the claim that the seven Buraimi oases were Saudi property.
Jahili was renovated by the British and Jordanians for this very reason.
Stuart Perry, Al Ain
The rewards of non-violence
The photographs of veiled women and girls cleaning the thoroughfares around Liberation Square in Cairo on the first day after the fall of Hosni Mubarak surely overwhelmed people around the world, as it seems that they were cleaning the dirty remainders of a regime that ruled a nation with an iron fist for three decades.
Eighteen days of historic non-violent struggle for freedom has outshone its Indian and South African models and will remain cherished in the hearts of people to be a lesson for students of the generations to come. The violent provocation by the agents of the regime failed to turn the protest into violence. The patience and perseverance shown by them have no comparison in history.
Hundreds of thousands of women and girls in hijabs chanting "Allahu akbar" in Tahrir Square reaffirmed a fact that women in Islam with modest dress codes can better be part of social and political changes than their counterparts in western countries.
The name Mohammed Bouazizi will also remain in our hearts, unfaded forever as a trigger of the great revolt.
He would not have thought of taking his life had he not been in a state of sheer desperation as a result of many years of misrule in Tunisia by a person who had amassed wealth worth billions while gifting millions of his citizens penury.
Abdul Lateef Koladikkal, Abu Dhabi
Praise for a prodigy's opinions
I refer to the opinion article by Lavanya Malhotra Earn respect by letting your child be (February 8). This is a strong rebuttal to the notion of strict "tiger moms" propagated by the Yale law professor Amy Chua.
I can't believe this article has been written by a 15 year old.
Superb! She is a super teen.
Bhawna Verma, Abu Dhabi