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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 12 December 2018

Little Obaida was everyone's son, brother and friend

Readers weigh in on justice, ethics, heritage and more

Obaida, 8, was kidnapped in May of last year while playing outside his father’s garage in Sharjah’s industrial area. His body was found two days later.
Obaida, 8, was kidnapped in May of last year while playing outside his father’s garage in Sharjah’s industrial area. His body was found two days later.

I refer to your article Man who raped and murdered eight-year-old Obaida is executed in Dubai (November 24). I have a son the same age, and my heart breaks for this family and the innocent victim. The perpetrator is dead, as he should be, and should never be spoken of again. It is the victim, his family, his friends and other potential victims who should be the focus now. This boy was everyone's son, brother and friend. He will forever be remembered by my family and many others.

Ela Jayne, Abu Dhabi

Rest in peace, little one. This story was so sad, heartbreaking and infuriating. May his family finally try to get on with their lives. Life will be different, but at least some kind of justice has been done.

Chika Marie, Abu Dhabi

The hand of kindness isn't always extended

In reference to your article A trip to lost and found at the Dubai Mall sheds light on human decency (November 25), the same happened to me at Dubai airport but unfortunately, no such show of human decency prevailed that day, as some other passenger took it.

Ahmed Shumayal, Al Ain

Yet another gem to be added to UAE heritage

In reference to your article Abu Dhabi hidden gem Bayt Al Jenaibi should be preserved (November 25), it is just one more thing to be added to a long list of cultural heritage sites. A real gem.

Lenette Hartman, Abu Dhabi

Oryx are beautiful and graceful animals

Your article Oryx released into sprawling Abu Dhabi protected reserve (November 23) was great to read. This is a lovely initiative. They are beautiful and graceful animals. We have many of them in Namibia.

Irmgard Kronsbein-Bellchambers, Frankfurt

Organisation at Ed Sheeran concert was not up to the mark

I refer to your article Review: Ed Sheeran charms and conquers Dubai to cap off epic year of concerts (November 24). I'm sorry to say that once again, the organisation of the event was terrible. There was horrendous traffic and it took two hours to get to and from downtown Dubai. Uber taxis were forced to drop us an entire kilometre away from the venue.

They ran out of wristbands for the VIP zone at the main entrance so they just stopped giving them out at all. The result was that once we had barely made our way through the overbooked regular zone, security blocked us from entering the front zone for which we had paid and some even refused to look at the ticket as proof that we were in the right zone. We also didn't get the vouchers promised to us. It was certainly not worth the Dh1,190 we paid.

Thomas Ment, Dubai

Who will be held responsible for all this regional destruction?

In reference to your article Israel raid on Raqqa led to ban on laptops on airplanes (November 24), the United States and Russia are good countries in the eyes of many in the world, but what about the fact that they destroyed Syria and the lives of millions?

Zakir Hossain, Bangladesh