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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 16 December 2018

There is some great work going on in the private sector

Readers discuss the private sector, Syria, banks and the way of life here

Unemployment rates among Emirati citizens had risen to more than 13 per cent in 2013 – about 41,000 people – from about 1,900 people, or 4 per cent, in 1975. 
Unemployment rates among Emirati citizens had risen to more than 13 per cent in 2013 – about 41,000 people – from about 1,900 people, or 4 per cent, in 1975. 

I liked your article about the private sector and UAE nationals (Private sector set to hire Emiratis for senior positions, not just junior roles, October 24). I proudly work in the private sector for National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing. It is one of those rare companies that supports Emiratis in senior positions and, indeed, in technical fields. It also engages with the local community, works with universities and welcomes interns into technical positions in our factory, rather than limiting them to administrative work.

Noura Al Suwaidi, deputy centre of excellence director for National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing, Abu Dhabi

Quebec’s niqab ban needs further explanation

I write in reference to your online report Quebec clarifies niqab ban as criticism grows (October 25). The niqab is a cultural thing, so when you leave your country you adapt to the new culture. And please don't get me wrong, religion is yours to follow and keep.

Aouse K Al Anee, Dubai

Sahar’s story is so sad and a stain on Syria’s conscience

In reference to your report Starved to death: the tragic story of Sahar, a tiny victim of Assad’s barbaric siege of Ghouta (October 25). I am so sick of all this evil. Rest in peace, little one.

Malinda Smallberger, Abu Dhabi

The customer is always right; the banks are often wrong

I write regarding The Debt Panel: ‘I’ve made cutbacks but my liabilities are still unmanageable’ (October 25). The banks are as much to blame as the customer. They leveraged him. Is there any law that penalises the institutions who did this to him?

Waqas Bukhari, Dubai

The Cold War sends a chill down my spine

In answer to Sholto Byrnes and his column Has the world grown complacent about the horrors of nuclear war? (October 25), yes, I remember the nuclear scares of the 1980s. Nuclear weapons should be banned by all countries.

Jennifer Hsnkn, Dubai

On moderate Islam and Mohammed bin Salman

I write in reference to Saudi Crown Prince plots course to a future of moderate Islam (October 25). That’s amazing, what a great decision. It will be a difficult task, but I do hope people listen and are patient.

Melanie Rose, Dubai

We are all very lucky to live here

In reference to your online report New Dubai housing plan to be set for Emiratis (October 25), I think this is such a kind step and gesture. I admire Emiratis for this and their compassion and how they think about others less fortunate than themselves. Let’s all learn a little more about the culture and get to know one another to dispel the myths that sometimes surround the way of life here. We should all be grateful to the Government and ruling families for the safe and beautiful country we live and work in and the opportunities the UAE provides us with.

Tanya Milbourne, Dubai