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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 11 December 2018

It is too late to combat the perils of technology

Readers discuss technology, road rules, Saudi Arabia's recent driving decree and more

The grip of technology has become too strong to fend off, says one reader.
The grip of technology has become too strong to fend off, says one reader.

I refer to the article, Big tech has a big problem these days, which means we all do (September 26). The world just can't stay away from technology, it seems. It's too late. Technology is uncontrollable and this will inevitably lead to severe repercussions.

Mathew Litty, Dubai

UAE's ranking in HSBC survey is hardly surprising

Your article, UAE moves up list of best places for expats (September 27), was a good read. The UAE's ranking at 10th place, published in a recent survey conducted by HSBC, is laudable. I spent 16 years in Sharjah, a culturally rich emirate, and witnessed first-hand the country's tremendous growth. Even after I left in 2009, I have seen further growth in all areas over the past 8 years, particularly in the public transport domain. Kudos to the UAE.

K Ragavan, India

There is no excuse for not knowing the country's rules before coming here

In reference to your article, British tourist fears obscene gesture could mean UAE ban (September 26), does anybody read the decency rules before visiting the UAE? They are mentioned all over the internet and also regularly in various British newspapers. There is no excuse for ignorance of the country's rules.

Angelika Lancsak, Dubai

At long last, pedestrian crossings will be heeded

I was delighted to read your story, There are no grey areas with zebra crossings (September 26). This is good news. Every single day for the past 22 years, I have witnessed people simply driving over these crossings without stopping. Even if the car on one lane has stopped, the others would routinely continue on their way. This is extremely dangerous for pedestrians. The worst such incident I saw was just last week outside a school in Jumeirah. I stopped at the zebra crossing, where a street guard was present, and a car honked, then flashed and overtook my car and drove right over the zebra crossing (on the wrong side of the road) as mothers and their children walked on the street! Needless to say, that was an utterly disgraceful scene to witness.

Tanya Milbourne, Abu Dhabi

Who in their right mind would hold up an ambulance?

I refer to your article, Don’t hold up ambulances or police, motorists told (September 26). Why would anyone deliberately hold up an emergency services vehicle? If they did do that, then Dh500 and four traffic points is certainly not enough of a punishment or deterrent if you ask me.

Jeff Gray, Dubai

The end of the driving ban in Saudi Arabia is great news

I refer to your article, Saudi women hail 'turning point' decree on driving (September 28). It might be time to start a driving school. There is no doubt that with this announcement, business in driving schools will be off the charts thanks to the millions of women who will now be seeking drivers' licences.

Frank Johansen, Dubai