x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 22 January 2018

Recognising the best talent is key to nation's future

A reader believes American shows such asCSI: Miamiportray Arabs negatively. CBS / Everett / Rex Features
A reader believes American shows such asCSI: Miamiportray Arabs negatively. CBS / Everett / Rex Features
I commend Taryam Al Subaihi's efforts to bring attention to what I agree is an important issue that needs policy attention as well as public awareness (Nationality-based discrimination is still widespread, May 20).

That this issue is also being discussed in other media points to its seriousness for the UAE's image, and the country's long-term competitiveness in the global economy.

I hasten to add that the discrimination alluded to is also perpetrated in many institutions of learning in the UAE.

This problem seems to be a reflection of, among other things, a sense of insecurity or inferiority on the part of local firms; disdain for Emiratis and their values by those who come here from the so-called advanced countries and lie about their qualifications; a lack of decency, honesty and integrity among some expatriates; and a lack of moral and spiritual conscience by anyone who commits and perpetuates this discrimination.

I hope the authorities will swing into action and address this problem swiftly, so that talent - especially local and regional talent - will be recognised, appreciated, nurtured and rewarded.

In the long run, it is this home-grown talent that will sustain growth, development and competitiveness in the UAE.

Jerry Kolo, Sharjah

Cultural respect must come first

Regarding Women and workforce in a clash of culture (May 19), a woman-only environment may be a thing of the past in the West, but that doesn't mean that it is the situation in other cultures or societies.

Divorce can arise not just from prohibiting the wife from working outside the home, but as a result of the problems that arise when both spouses work.

Avoiding free mixing of men and women is a requirement in Islam, not just a norm or tradition. It is ignorant to say otherwise.

Do men and women pray together in mosques? No, they don't. There are separate areas within most mosques that accommodate both sexes for worship without discriminating between them.

What Islamic countries need is to empower their womenfolk by taking into consideration the religious and cultural aspects of their societies and helping women educate themselves, so it may be easier for them to pursue careers while balancing their home and marriage, and they can positively contribute to a progressive society.

A woman is different to a man, and all the more so if she is a mother with little children.

Forcing women to stray away from their religion and culture by encouraging western work concepts just so that they can have jobs or careers can be detrimental to their lives and their societies in the long term.

F Bassleim, Dubai

Rao is gone, but not at all forgotten

I write in reference to The man who reinvented a nation (May 19), which asks why the Indian people have forgotten PV Narasimha Rao.

Many common folk who understand the difference he made to his country will always remember him. It is only a partisan section of media and the political establishment, which is trying to erase him, that has "forgotten" him.

Ramesh Bhamidipati, India

Western media insults Muslims

I refer to the article, CSI: Miami is cancelled - US foreign policy should take a cue (May 18). It seems that the American media prefers to depict Arabs and Muslim as criminals and expects any self-respecting Arab to pay for the insult.

This clever ploy is then used to fan the hatred of Arabs and Muslim, and affect political outcomes. The US media also plays a role in social engineering.

The authorities would do well to keep their eyes on the growing western influence via the entertainment industry.

Joe Burns, Abu Dhabi

Handle asbestos with great care

Any moves to improve, extend and enforce safety rules regarding the removal of hazardous building materials (Asbestos 'still kills' six years after ban, May 20) should be encouraged and applauded.

Nobody should have to suffer a painful death from cancer purely as a delayed consequence of doing their job.

P McKenzie, Abu Dhabi

No need to fear move to college

I just finished the first year of my undergraduate studies in America and Lavanya Malhotra's article, Hesitant to leave UAE luxury for university living (May 20), echoes my sentiments from last year when I was preparing to leave.

You learn by doing, though, and she'll be a pro at it soon enough. Have fun at college, Lavanya.

Srinivasan Vijayaraghavan, US