x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 24 January 2018

Passengers are happy with airport taxis

Readers are skeptical of the value of the new "luxury" taxis at Abu Dhabi airport. Other topics: college life, Iran, cinema and India's image.

Readers say they see no need for the new luxury taxi fleet at Abu Dhabi airport. Lee Hoagland / The National
Readers say they see no need for the new luxury taxi fleet at Abu Dhabi airport. Lee Hoagland / The National

I refer to Luxury fleet of taxis to roll out of airport (November 25).

When I travel I am often on my own. I don’t need a seven-seat luxury vehicle, just a standard taxi.

C Stevens, Abu Dhabi

I am sure people are more interested in lower fares than a luxury service.

Fatima Suhail, Dubai

Iran nuclear deal will ease tension across the region

I refer to UAE welcomes Iran nuclear agreement (November 25).

Iran’s decision to restrict its nuclear programme is indeed a positive step forward and a relief for the whole world.

Even though the complete details of the discussions are yet to be revealed, there seems to have been a sigh of relief around the world, and especially in this region, given the prevailing tension over Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

Since it appears that Iran has already achieved some of the necessary nuclear technology, this is truly a winning diplomatic effort.

If everything goes as planned, this breakthrough will help Iran engage well with its neighbours and other nations, and it may pave the way for a change in global perceptions of the Islamic republic.

The recent agreement is one step forward, and hopefully it will lead to further dialogue with Iran on many stalled issues. Ramachandran Nair, Oman

Student’s view a poor example

I was shocked to read Scraping the bottom of the barrel for my last clean clothes (November 24), which was credited to “an 18-year-old student who grew up in Dubai”.

How can an 18-year-old adult avoid doing laundry for as long as possible and say that independence means getting up whenever you like?

Is this the right, true and decent way of growing up? Is this the correct way of delivering a message to people who are on their way to college?

If the writer complains that “something as mundane as doing laundry” is not “simple and easy to understand”, then how will this person be able to vote, drive on the streets or work responsibly for a company?

I believe that more meaningful messages should be delivered to the nation’s youth.

Gaye Caglayan Budak, Abu Dhabi

Speed cameras not the answer

I refer to Much remains to be done to make UAE roads safer (November 25).

I think speed cameras make the situation worse, because people slam on their brakes when they see them, causing more accidents.

Jill Schroeder, Abu Dhabi

Cinemas should show local films

I could not agree more with the writer of the letter Seeking more serious cinema (November 25).

I forget when I was last moved to go to the cinema.

I do not want to waste my time on banal, violent tales from the dark side or the glorification of people driving extremely badly. Nor do I want to wait a year for a film festival to come around.

I want to see new films from the West and I want to see some of the excellent films being produced here in the UAE by Emirati filmmakers – and not just for one or two days as a token measure.

Cinema owners should consider the tastes of the whole community and promote good cinema.

Judith Finnemore, Al Ain

Learning from the little master

I am writing about Sevanand Gaddala’s Kitbag blog item, Sachin transcends like Dylan, Eminem and Woods (November 21)

I entirely agree with the statement: “I don’t care about his technique or his skill set, but I’m intrigued by the inner workings of his mind, psyche and will.”

My question is: can his genius and consistency be replicated? Is there a formula that he used that I can be apply in what I do?

J Varughese, Dubai

India’s image is tarnished again

I refer to Editor under fire over rape accusation (November 24), which refers to police charges against Taryn Tejpal, the editor of Indian investigative magazine Tehelka.

Irrespective of the outcome of the investigation, India’s reputation has been tarnished again.

It has been reported in the Indian media that the alleged victim, a female journalist, was chaperoning Robert De Niro, the famous actor, and his daughter on a visit to a Tehelka-organised seminar in Goa.

De Niro must be staggered by all this, and he may never want to visit India again.

Rajendra K Aneja, Dubai