Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 15 November 2019

Hazza Al Mansouri has made the Arab world and the UAE proud

Our readers have their say on Iraq, Hazza Al Mansouri and Kashmir

Emirati astronaut Hazza Al Mansouri gestures shortly after returning from a mission to the International Space Station as he lands in a Russian Soyuz MS-12 space capsule in Kazakhstan. EPA
Emirati astronaut Hazza Al Mansouri gestures shortly after returning from a mission to the International Space Station as he lands in a Russian Soyuz MS-12 space capsule in Kazakhstan. EPA

I write to you in reference to Daniel Sanderson’s article ‘We will be back soon’: Hazza Al Mansouri returns to Earth after landmark space mission (October 3).

I am happy that the UAE’s first astronaut Hazza Al Mansouri made it back home. He spoke to a plethora of students and conducted many experiments in the International Space Station. He has realised the dream of Sheikh Zayed.

The UAE is the third Arab nation to have sent a citizen to space. Maj Al Mansouri was selected among thousands of aspirants through a transparent procedure. There are many heavens for us to conquer.

Najath Manzil Ahmed Hasan, Dubai

The people of Iraq have suffered enough, they deserve a decent life

I write to you in reference to your article Iraqi government faces calls to resign as protests death toll hits 65 (October 5).

This piece does a very good job at explaining the ongoing crisis in Iraq. Security forces have violently repressed anti-government protests leading to 65 casualties in just a few days. The oil-rich nation once suffered under the brutal regime of former dictator Saddam Hussein. Now that Iraq is a democracy, it continues to suffer of a lack of good governance.

The Iraqi people have had more than their fair share of strife over the daces. Will their dreams of a better life ever come true?

K Ragavan, Bengaluru

The first kandura to be worn in space should be a museum display

I write to you in reference to the article Hazza Al Mansouri swaps space suit for the UAE national dress (October 1): How wonderful that Hazza Al Mansouri wore a kandura while he was at the ISS. It should be displayed at the Zayed National Museum.

Mohamed Kanoo

When will people learn that phone hacking is an invasion of privacy?

I write to you in reference to the article Prince Harry launches phone hacking lawsuit against British tabloids (October 5): When will these people learn? Phone hacking is a serious invasion of privacy.

Adebayo George-Lawal

Updated: October 5, 2019 08:19 PM

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