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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 20 August 2018

We need to honour bravery of selfless Thai cave rescuers

Readers write in with their views on Thai cave boys, parks, Ahlaam Ali, food and beaches

A statute of the late Thai Navy seal Saman Kunan went on display at an exhibition dedicated to the successful rescue of the Wild Boars football team at in Chiang Rai, Thailand / Getty
A statute of the late Thai Navy seal Saman Kunan went on display at an exhibition dedicated to the successful rescue of the Wild Boars football team at in Chiang Rai, Thailand / Getty

I refer to your report Thai cave boys describe two-week ordeal after release from hospital (July 18): the children have done their nation proud through their gratitude for all those who worked to rescue them.

I do hope that the Thai government will provide for the family of the Thai Navy seal Saman Gunan, who lost his life in the rescue effort.

A memorial to him, in the form of his statue at the entrance of the cave, would be a fitting tribute to him and would also stand as a symbol of the selflessness of the rescuers.

Rajendra Aneja, Dubai

The decision to regulate beaches stirs debate

I write in reference to the article Dubai to introduce more family-only beaches (July 19): although there are many beaches in Dubai where the issues detailed in the piece do not occur, I’ve been to one of the beaches in the city where fully dressed grown men came in groups and just stared.

It was uncomfortable. I understand the need for this decision.

Kiahni Alexis, New York

I have a question for the father of a seven-year-old, who was quoted in the article as saying: “Many men and labourers go to public beaches”.

Excuse my ignorance but I thought that labourers qualified as people too?

Miguel Llorente, Dubai

Open up the beaches to our canine companions

Ellen Fortini’s article Keeping dogs cool in the UAE summer - in pictures (July 18) reminded me that, sadly, there is still not a single metre of beach where we can take our dogs.

Humans litter and destroy the beaches while our canine friends are not allowed to roam freely.

Nora Khawaneej, Dubai

Hole-in-the-wall Mexican street food sounds enticing

I refer to the article in your lifestyle section titled Burro Blanco: The tiny hole-in-the-wall bringing Mexican street food to Abu Dhabi (July 19): I cannot wait to try out this place. It sounds awesome.

Sarah Ali Chaudhry, London

I dream of success: boss Ahlaam Ali is an inspiration

I felt inspired by your article about single mother and entrepreneur Ahlaam Ali in Money & Me: 'I came to Dubai with nothing apart from my son' (July 19), and wanted to say: keep the ahlaam (dreams).

Saleha Ali, Dubai

Croatia’s football stars aren’t the country’s only attraction

Rudolf Abraham’s article 24 hours in Dubrovnik (July 19) prompts me to say I that I want to be in Dubrovnik very soon. It’s on my bucket list.

Jeffrey Bautista, Abu Dhabi

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