Readers discuss gender issues, excursions, driver safety and more
You can't generalise how men and women react to stress
Your article Where's your head at? (December 12) was an interesting read. However, I can't help thinking that there were some huge generalisations about how men and women respond to stress. For one thing, I have known women who don't like to talk about their emotions and men, especially British and American men, who talk about how they feel all the time. In fact, if we keep pretending this is purely based on gender, we do men and women a huge disservice. I have read many articles about men in the UK complaining about women being cold and failing to consider their emotions. The reality, in my opinion, is that men have and always will share their emotions when they think it is useful or needed.
Mary Smith, Dubai
Delivery drivers need to slow down and follow the rules
I refer to your article New survey reveals motorcycle delivery drivers' fears and perceptions (December 12). I am one of many who care a great deal about the safety and security of everyone on the road, including and especially pedestrians. Delivery drivers do themselves no favours and make it very hard to avoid them, swerving in and out of traffic and driving up hard shoulders and between lanes rather than within them. I realise they have delivery deadlines, but frankly, until they start to obey the rules of the road and drive safely, they will continue to be involved in accidents that are often their own fault.
Elan Fabbri, Dubai
Austerity isn't the worst thing in the world
I refer to your article UAE exploring levying additional new taxes, but not on income (December 11). This was to be expected. We can't live for free forever.
Nicole Hughes, Abu Dhabi
Saudi diversification harbours untold benefits to the public
This refers to the editorial Saudi cinema ruling signals new era (December 13). Obviously, this move will bring about positive change within Saudi society. Yet in a world where technological advancement seems to be at its peak, it’s not just cinema that can influence minds, so all the other forms of entertainment that the kingdom is reviving will definitely attract revenue as well. Nevertheless, cinema and theatres will definitely lift spirits and boost morale within domestic and professional spheres. Lifting the ban on cinema would also certainly create more job opportunities in the country, particularly among the younger generation, many of whom are looking forward to a change in their job profiles and earnings. Indeed, the economic growth that will result from this move cannot be overstated, as the government may well fund initiatives in setting up digital studios and similar facilities with the support of foreign direct investment. In short, progress and development cannot be achieved without big drastic changes such as these. That is why their diversification initiatives are laudable.
Ramachandran Nair, Oman
UAE deserts continue to charm their campers
I refer to your article Billion-star accommodation (December 13). Camping in the UAE deserts truly is an awesome experience. In the years we lived there, we never got tired of camping under the bright stars. I truly miss those wonderful years.
Ellen Enriquez Mercado, United States
One of the best places for an excursion in winter. In fact, camping in the deserts of the UAE is one of the best experiences of my life. We can't wait to do it again.
Qazi Noman Ali, Abu Dhabi