Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 6 April 2020

It takes vision and years of work to achieve the greening of a desert

Our readers have their say on the greening of the desert and what needs to be known about the Abu Dhabi tolls

David Pryce tends to newly planted ghaf trees in 1978. Courtesy David Pryce
David Pryce tends to newly planted ghaf trees in 1978. Courtesy David Pryce

With regard to John Dennehy’s article The man who turned the UAE’s desert green (December 29): kudos to David Pryce and the UAE capital. It was interesting to read about Mr Pryce’s mission four decades ago to turn the desert into a beautiful green place. It is evident that he made the capital green with his hard work and dedication.

I am sure citizens appreciate his effort. Apart from Mr Pryce’s work, the visionary leaders of UAE have made the desert into a lush landscape.

The legacy of UAE’s Founding Father, Sheikh Zayed, has continued to inspire the next generation and helped put the country on the map.

K Ragavan, Bengaluru

The Greening the Desert Project was successful and the living proof is the city of Al Ain.

Kenji Todoroki, Al Ain

Smart move: new salary scale for Abu Dhabi government employees

With reference to Alice Haine’s report Abu Dhabi issues new salary scale and increases pensions for government employees​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ (December 31):

This is very good. I hope similar good news will be announced soon by the Dubai government.

Qassim Abdulla, Dubai

I hope they drop the taxes on private university tuition.

Mohammed Hassoun, Abu Dhabi

Seeking solutions for the Abu Dhabi toll website impasse

With reference to the report Abu Dhabi road tolls: everything you need to know before January 2 launch (December 23): it’s good to hear but unfortunately from the last two weeks I am trying to register my vehicle via the provided link but the link does not work.

I also tried to call the concerned authority but the call centre number is busy. There are lots of people in the Al Dhafra Region who are unable to register. We are unable to decide whether to travel to Abu Dhabi because the fines are steep.

Imran Iqbal, Abu Dhabi

Here’s the problem for lots of people trying to register: if the phone number the police have on record for you is different to the one you use then the required code is sent to the wrong number. Nobody seems able to offer an alternative method.

Kevin Hackett, Abu Dhabi

Dubai registered company cars can’t be registered on the Abu Dhabi toll system. We’ve been trying.

Tim Ansell, Dubai​​​​​​​

Updated: December 31, 2019 05:50 PM

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