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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 25 June 2018

After another road tragedy, it is time to take tougher action

Readers discuss traffic accidents, debt, good deeds and cities of the future

It can be hectic on the roads in the capital, and many drivers handle the stress differently. Silvia Razgova / The National
It can be hectic on the roads in the capital, and many drivers handle the stress differently. Silvia Razgova / The National

In reference to your story online, Teenager dead after crash on Dubai's Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road (October 21), in which a girl, 16, died and five people were injured after a car overturned, this is obviously an awful incident, especially for the families of those affected by the crash. But what I would say is that we have to work harder to combat bad driving. We must use more cameras and speed traps. We must not shirk those responsibilities. We must issue fines and cancel diving licences.

Name withheld by request

Be careful about borrowing money you can’t afford to repay

I write regarding your story about absconders (What happens to residents who flee mortgaged Dubai properties in negative equity?, October 19). Residents should try to avoid getting into debt as this is not your home country.

Nicolas Seerunthun, Dubai

When life takes a turn and you can't do anything about it

In reference to your Helping Hands story in Sunday's paper, On streets, in debt and yearning to go home (October 22), this is upsetting. The only reason she can’t work is because it’s impossible to process a work visa for someone who has a case pending against them. When something like this happens, it puts your whole life in limbo.

Nadia Sarie, Dubai

On the foundations of globalisation and future cities

I write in reference to Sami Mahroum's comment piece, In our rapidly evolving and connected world, is Dubai a city of the future? (October 22). I have to disagree with his argument. No matter how advanced our technology is, whether you like it or not, the foundation of globalisation is based upon nation states and it can't function without them. The notion of central hub or capital concept didn't work in the past and it won't in the future. Geography still counts; pipe dreams don't.

Name withheld by request

A wonderful gesture, but it still made me sad

In reference to Good deed helps evicted Uzbek grandmother and boy fly home (October 22), what a beautiful gesture this is. I am saddened that this poor old lady and her grandson have to go through this.

Tanya Milbourne, Dubai

What is the international community going to do about Israel?

In reference to your online story Boris Johnson condemns Israeli advancement of West Bank settlement units (October 21), the EU maintains that the lands Israel has occupied since the 1967 Arab-Israeli conflict, including the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, are not part of the internationally recognised borders of Israel. All settlement activity is illegal under international law, and it undermines the viability of the two-state solution and the prospect for a lasting peace. So what is the international community going to do? I guess Israel figures that it will do absolutely nothing.

Frank Johansen, Dubai

It’s been going on for years and it will continue until no land will remain for the Palestinians. That’s the goal after all. Nobody will stop the Israelis.

Kristina Margit, Abu Dhabi