Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 22 November 2019

Flag Day is a wonderful way to celebrate the progressive UAE

Our readers have their say on Flag Day, Jeremy Corbyn and China

The UAE flag flies proudly in the winter sunlight. Antonie Robertson/The National
The UAE flag flies proudly in the winter sunlight. Antonie Robertson/The National

I write to you in reference to Fatima Al Fahim’s opinion piece UAE Flag Day: celebrating a national symbol that is more than just cloth and colour (November 2).

This article published on the eve of UAE’s Flag Day was truly a moving read. The holiday was established six years ago, on the anniversary of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed’s accession day.

Since then, the country has erupted in a riot of colour every Flag Day on November 3. What a great occasion it is for the UAE.

K Ragavan, Bengaluru

Jeremy Corbyn is not as bad a leader as most Tories

I write to you in reference to Damien McElroy’s piece What would Britain look like under Jeremy Corbyn and his ‘70s sidekick John McDonnell? (November 2).

The last nine years of Tory rule have been chaotic to say the least. Could things really get any worse?

Neil Dimmick, UAE

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid has shared some wise words on China

I write to you in reference to video footage posted on your Facebook page with the caption: “Based on what I have seen, China has made a great and swift development …” Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid talks to CCTV.

India must learn from China. The nation has managed to turn its large population into one of its main strengths.

Naz Esmael, Dubai

Hats off to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid. He is truly a visionary leader.

Salim Ahmed, Sharjah

The people of Iraq have suffered for far too long. It is time for change

I write to you in reference to Mina Aldroubi’s article Iraq protests: More killed as security forces open fire in Baghdad (November 3).

I sympathise with the people of Iraq. This country never seems to get a break.

Ashley Bishop, Dubai

Saudi Aramco IPO will allow the Kingdom to invest in non-oil sector

I write to you in reference to Jennifer Gnana’s article 9 things you need to know about the Saudi Aramco IPO (November 3).

The ramifications of this IPO go beyond oil. The proceeds from the sale of Aramco shares will go into the Public Investment Fund and will be used to invest in non-oil sectors.

Randall Mohammed, Dubai

Updated: November 4, 2019 08:00 PM

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