Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 15 November 2019

UAE’s foreign policy in line with the vision of Sheikh Zayed

Our readers have their say on UAE-Russia ties and the solution to staying hydrated on flights

The Abu Dhabi Corniche ahead of President Putin's visit to the UAE. Reem Mohammed / The National
The Abu Dhabi Corniche ahead of President Putin's visit to the UAE. Reem Mohammed / The National

I write to you in reference to Theodore Karasik’s article Putin visit opens a new chapter in bilateral relations with the UAE (October 15): the famous policy of extending a hand of friendship to all by the late Sheikh Zayed, the Founding Father, still drives the UAE’s foreign policy.

Name withheld on request

Good things should come out of the UAE’s friendship with Russia

I write to you in reference to the National Editorial UAE and Russia celebrate longstanding ties (October 15). The visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin to the UAE underlines two realities: one is the growing influence of Russia in the Middle East and the other is the importance of the UAE in the eyes of the world.

The Russians have immersed themselves in a region where the US, still considered the pre-eminent power in the world, has started to disengage. For its part, the UAE is doing the right thing – and the smart thing – by engaging with Russia even though it has close ties with the US, which is seen as the rival of a country that was once part of the Soviet Union. The UAE has maintained good relations with the international community, focusing on how to make the world a better place. Indeed, the UAE’s partnership with Russia has resulted in positive developments like Hazza Al Mansouri’s visit to space. More progress will no doubt be expected in the years to come.

K Ragavan, Bengaluru

Vox Cinemas ‘distraction-free’ works but kids still run in and out

I write to you in reference to Evelyn Lau’s article Review: Does Vox Cinemas new ‘distraction-free’ concept really work? (October 14): It’s a brilliant concept but sadly it still had kids opening the door running in and out. Security were quick to remove them though.

Katherine Mcbride Atsma, Dubai

There is an easy solution to quenching thirst on flights

I write to you in reference to your article Thirsty passenger who sued Emirates over lack of water loses court case (October 15): I will never understand why people don’t buy their own water from the airport before boarding the plane. We all know flights can be hectic. I was on a flight to Japan and they all carried their own water flasks. All you need to do is top it up later. This is common sense.

Seems McKlaire, Abu Dhabi

Updated: October 16, 2019 07:59 PM

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