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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 22 June 2018

Roger Federer's attitude and determination are exemplary

A read says Roger Federer's monumental Wimbledon achievement is inspirational. Daniel Leal-Olivas / Reuters
A read says Roger Federer's monumental Wimbledon achievement is inspirational. Daniel Leal-Olivas / Reuters

Roger Federer's Wimbledon achievement is indeed monumental (Disbelief' as Roger Federer beats Marin Cilic to win record eighth Wimbledon title, July 17). The victory is almost unbelievable considering his age and that he remained absent for sometime from the game due to the injuries he had suffered last year. His positive spirit should serve as an inspiration for other players. The way he spoke about his opponent, Marin Cilic - "He's a hero," he said - showed he was a fine person, too. It's his pleasant personality that won him many hearts across the world.

Rajendra Aneja, Dubai

Qatar’s propaganda efforts are just a waste of money

I refer to the news item Qatar co-opting London taxis for its propaganda (July 15). To be absolutely honest I don't think a single Brit would have paid any attention. There is so much advertising on transport that you just don't look at it any more. I can't remember the last advertisement I paid attention to and I wasn't that long ago on the tube. Qatar simply wasted a good deal of money.

Daniella How, Dubai

I think the UAE and other Gulf countries should place counter advertisements on those taxis as well.

Saif Omar Al Suwaidi, Sharjah

We need research to back statement on effects of pesticides

You cannot make assumptions on this kind of cases without further research and peer reviewed case studies (Doctors in UAE report increase in chronic illnesses due to pesticides, July 16). The report suggested that fruits and vegetable could be banned from five countries, but cancer is linked to consumption of meat and dairies, especially processed food, and not to fruits and vegetables.

Sheena Soleil Angeles, Dubai

Remarks by Qatar Airways chief are in bad taste

The remark by the Qatar Airways executive was terrible and sexist (American Airlines slams ‘offensive’ remarks by Qatar Airways chief executive, July 13). I’d prefer to be served by warmhearted grandmothers than by some young women with an artificial smile on their faces.

Percy Pervez, Dubai

I was really surprised to read such a salacious statement by Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker. I have been in this region for more than a decade and I know that women here command a lot more respect than in the United States or Europe.

Leo Z, Abu Dhabi

A long way to go for a meal

I refer to your article Where to sample some local creative vegetarian cooking (July 15). I think the majority of Abu Dhabi restaurants do not understand what vegetarians like to eat. They prepare meals based on their own understanding, rather than giving priority to the needs of the customer. I prefer to dine in Dubai.

Raj Singh, Abu Dhabi