x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 24 January 2018

Portable phone numbers is not the main issue

Readers say the ability to take phone numbers to a new supplier is not the main issue. Other views: drink-driving crackdown is just the start; Dubai home prices; breastfeeding; year's best photos and tax loopholes.

The UAE’s two main telecommunication providers, advertising here at a Dubai careers fair, will face more competition now that phone numbers are portable. Readers question whether they have a real choice. Jeff Topping / The National
The UAE’s two main telecommunication providers, advertising here at a Dubai careers fair, will face more competition now that phone numbers are portable. Readers question whether they have a real choice. Jeff Topping / The National

With regard to your news story, New era of portability for UAE mobile phone users (December 31), I’ve found there is barely any difference between the two telecommunication service providers.

I currently have two sim cards – one from Etisalat and the other from du – which is why I won’t have to switch or choose one. However, it would be better if both these companies reduced their call rates, international call charges and the cost for multimedia services and internet packages.

Fatima Suhail, Sharjah

On your Facebook page, you ask whether people will be switching providers. I won’t, but not because I want to stay with Etisalat.

Both make it so difficult to get anything done – because of paperwork and requirements to attend in person at understaffed, over-frequented service points – that I will just stay with what I have.

Sam Damo Samaraie, Dubai

The word “efficiency” should not be used in the same sentence as Etisalat or du.

The transfer should take less than a day but in reality, it will probably take two to three and maybe a week in worst case scenario.

In Australia they do it instantly over the phone without the need to visit a store.

I don’t understand why Etisalat and du make people go to an outlet and line up for up to an hour, only to then tell you to come back the next day.

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These things work where real competition is welcomed. It doesn’t work with duopolies.

Ahmed Khan, Dubai

Drink driving blitz is just the start

I’m glad more police will be on patrol to stop people driving who are drunk, (UAE prosecutor warns of drink-driving consequences, December 31), but I don’t think it should stop there.

They should be issued with on-the-spot fines and have their cars impounded if they become argumentative. Drink driving costs lives and alcohol impairs the brain’s ability to think rationally.

Together this is a recipe for disaster. Please stop this happening not just on New Year’s Eve, but every day.

Name withheld by request

Dubai’s recovery comes at a price

With regard to your story, Burj Khalifa property prices reach for the sky once again (December 31), while this may be a good sign for Dubai’s economy, it is a worrying one for residents, who will be further pressured into paying higher rents for their units.

As a result, many people will be forced to relocate to the neighboring emirates, leading to higher demand – and higher rents – across the country.

Name withheld by request

This is great news, because I bought my apartment at peak prices in 2008. I hope prices will go back to those levels, inshallah.

Farida Sadiq, Dubai

Two years is more than is necessary

With regard to your story, FNC committee adds breastfeeding clause to UAE’s Child Rights Law (December 17), the sentiment is good but two years is a bit too long.

In my view, breastfeeding until the child is eating solids is long enough.The reality is that it doesn’t work for all women, particularly for multiple births.

My eldest was a big baby and only ever fed for 10 minutes every four hours. I was advised to top up with formula because she was losing weight.

Sylvia Moore, Dubai

My wife was unable to breast feed but there is absolutely no way it means our child was neglected.

You cannot make breast feeding mandatory.

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Great photos, but awful subjects

After looking at the photographs posted on The National’s website (The world’s best pictures of 2013, December 30), I just wonder why it seems that the worlds’s best pictures all depict tragedies? Can’t we have positive and happy images?

Armen Kostanyan, Dubai

This collection was all about tragedy, violence and child soldiers.

What is “best” in that?

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Tax change will be good for the UK

I welcome the news about the closing of the tax loophole for people based overseas (UK expats and overseas investors hit with capital gains tax on property, December 5).

This is good because the fewer people who buy property in the UK, the better it will be for those who live there because the UK already has too many people.

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