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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 September 2018

Cricket enthusiasts should have facilities to pursue their passions

Avid cricket fans in Al Quoz, Dubai, and all around the country put up with the heat to pursue their passion. Pawan Singh / The National
Avid cricket fans in Al Quoz, Dubai, and all around the country put up with the heat to pursue their passion. Pawan Singh / The National

Your report The stars of street cricket (July 8) was interesting. The game is increasingly becoming popular here. When I came here five years ago, I saw people playing cricket on weekends and on public holidays, but not at this scale.

These days, you go to any sprawling car park or an empty space on a Friday and you will find them filled with players. What’s astonishing is that they brave the scorching heat and often play until about 1pm. Their enthusiasm is quite infectious and I sometimes feel like joining them.

What’s regrettable is that there is hardly any affordable facility for these people to practice. Some of these players are promising. I wish they could practise regularly on a proper ground in their respective localities.

Sunil Rawat, Abu Dhabi

Do we need to agree with what Thatcher said?

Your article My Abu Dhabi: I'm a 45-year-old man who takes the bus. So what? (July 9), quotes Margaret Thatcher saying: “A man who, beyond the age of 26, finds himself on a bus can count himself a failure.” I would like to add that a developed country is not a place where the poor have cars. It's where the rich use public transport.

Dhiren Patel, Dubai

I totally disagree with Margaret Thatcher. I bet she would not still hold those views if she were alive.

Winnie Bird, Abu Dhabi

Leaders should give hope to youth, not demotivate them.

Mala Mehra, India

I can drive, but choose not to ­­– much to everyone's amazement. I live in the city and it's easier and cheaper. I take a walk to the bus or taxi stand, which is good for me.

Alison Carter, Abu Dhabi

Is the world not meant to go green and think of the environment? Public transport is part of this initiative.

Name withheld by request

Qatar’s is ruining its own future by behaving recklessly

I refer to the article Arab countries urge Qatar to change course after 'negative reaction' (July 6). I am amazed at the stubbornness and myopic vision of Qatar. This is the time when it should think about unity rather than forge ties with the enemies of its neighbours.

In fact, the groups and countries that Qatar seems bent on supporting at any cost are going to inflict a permanent damage to it. There are countless examples that show how hostilities between neighbouring countries have proven detrimental to all of them. They pose massive barriers to economic and social developments for a nation.

Qatar has a booming economy. Unfortunately, it is going to ruin all of it because of its strong-headedness and imprudence. This is really sad.

Name withheld by request

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