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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 17 November 2018

Model’s selfish stunt posed a public danger

Readers write about high-rise risk-taking in Dubai, health services, exercise and Syria
Readers say model Viki Odintcova’s stunts in Dubai were selfish and indefensible. YouTube
Readers say model Viki Odintcova’s stunts in Dubai were selfish and indefensible. YouTube

I agree with your editorial saying that the Russian model who had her picture taken in dangerous poses on a Dubai building is setting a bad example (Viki Odintcova’s shameless selfies, February 19).

It is sad that people can go to such extremes to get fame and popularity.

She has definitely gone too far with her stunt. It may have turned into a tragedy given the way it was all carried out without any safety measures in place. She and her team should be taken to court for their senseless acts instead of earning praise for pulling off a death-defying stunt.

Those involved should be ashamed of themselves for risking their lives and taking the law for granted. Fatima Suhail, Sharjah

“Bad example” is an understatement.

This idiotic publicity stunt has just made it even harder for genuine landscape photo­graphers to gain access to rooftops to take photo­graphs of the UAE skyline.

Sohail Anjum Mohammad, Dubai

This lady’s stupidity knows no bounds. To endanger herself and the people involved in this is one thing, but to endanger the lives of so many others on the ground below her is selfish and reprehensible.

This is not even taking into consideration the costs involved in the authorities having to attend if it went horribly wrong.

I seriously believe action needs to be taken against this lady. This is not big or clever. C Blacklock, Dubai

Health services are outstanding

I would like to endorse what was said in your article, Emiratis should look closer to home for hospital treatment, 3-D printing surgeon says (February 12) about Mafraq hospital and the treatment on offer there.

Last year I needed major surgery and I expressed a wish to arrange my treatment so as to disrupt my work as little as possible.

The nurses and doctors listened to my request and gave me the very best of care.

During the course of the treatment, the doctors thought that there might be a problem with my heart. The issue was exhaustively investigated and I got exactly what I needed.

My cardiologist was one of the very best in the country and when I needed a test that was only available at another hospital, I got it.

I could never have received the kind of care that I received here in my home country. Medical services in the UAE are definitely outstanding as far as I am concerned.

C Watters, Abu Dhabi

US Syrian policy predates Trump

I thought that Loubna Mrie’s What western ‘experts’ get so wrong about the conflict in Syria (February 18) was well written.

I only take issue with the last part comparing Donald Trump’s claims of fake news with Bashar Al Assad using the same excuse.

Mr Trump has been in office for a month; the Syrian situation has been going on since 2011, during the Obama administration. So, if you take issue with the United States, please point to the former president.

Frank Johansen, Dubai

We live in scary times. People are only interested in seeking out “truths” that already confirm their own biases – and that applies to all sides.

Jesep Mahesh, US

Exercise is also free at home

I do all the exercises described in How and where to work out for free in the UAE (February 17) by myself at home.

I have never skipped my daily yoga; it feels great.

Mathew Litty, Dubai

A matter of having space

I refer to Alan Philps’s column, Build­ing walls has become our dangerous obsession (February 17).

I think a factor here is that Canada has one of the lowest population densities in the world, at four people per square kilometre, according to the World Bank.

This compares with 120 for the EU as a whole, 206 for Italy, 234 for Germany, 269 for the United Kingdom and 503 for the Netherlands.

While there may well be an element of racism and anti-­Muslim sentiment at play in the migration and refugees controversy, it has to be said that some places are just full.

Name withheld by request