x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

The last word on Creamfields Abu Dhabi

The organisers of the dance party defend their actions in response to fans' negative reactions.

We are writing in response to the article Dance party a let-down, say fans, after musical acts are rescheduled (December 14) which reported on Creamfields Abu Dhabi, an electronic dance festival presented by FLASH on December 9 at Yas Arena, Yas Island. We believe the article, which describes Abu Dhabi-based FLASH as a "Dubai-based company", is misleading.

For each and every FLASH event there is a consistent and coherent planning process involving police and partner agencies across the city (medical, fire, traffic, facility managers, municipality). This extensive coordination includes appropriate provision of medical, security and management personnel working to stringent guidelines and legal constraints. Since inception, FLASH has implemented best international practice at all events and our team of international experts enforce these guidelines rigorously.

At Creamfields Abu Dhabi, we enforced a rigorous over-18 identification process at the main gate. This was a success, as evidenced by the many under-18's who remained outside the festival site. The facts are that there were no serious injuries or arrests at Creamfields Abu Dhabi.

FLASH deployed in excess of 180 security personnel on the night, with all having experience and specialised training in events. In addition, there were significant numbers deployed from the Abu Dhabi Police to ensure the safe passage in and out of the site and adequate traffic control. Over 500 taxis were available continuously throughout the evening, and shuttle buses also ensured hotel guests could make their way to the festival site smoothly.

Since FLASH was formed in 2008, we have entertained over 1,500,000 people at major events in Abu Dhabi from free concerts on the beach, mega-shows on Yas Island and tennis tournaments through to community parades and family festivals. We place the safety, well being and smooth passage of the general public at the heart of everything we do, and our track record to date demonstrates this.

FLASH will always focus on areas of improvement, in particular the safety and enjoyment of guests at our shows. We will always listen to our guests and work hard to continually improve the quality of our events.

Mike Fairburn, Director - Marketing and Planning, FLASH, Abu Dhabi

Responses to rowdy students

In reference to his letter to the editor Undisciplined students frighten expatriates (December 16), well done to Vern Harvey for recognising that he was in a situation that he could not change; he walked away instead of staying until it made him ill. This is to be commended.

Too often, the very altruistic and idealist nature of teachers (indeed, the reason they became teachers in the first place) makes them their own worse enemies. Frequently, teachers will find themselves in situations wanting to do good to create some real change, only to discover that they have not been trained for the demands of specific circumstances, nor are they supported.

The teachers become stressed, they blame themselves and eventually become ill. This situation is bad enough in the UK where strong unions exist to help, but imagine the lone teacher here swimming against the tide. So well done to you, Vern, you should feel proud to stand up for what you believe in.

Maggie Hannan, Abu Dhabi

With reference to the article Rowdy pupils out of control (December 15), while the Abu Dhabi Education Council recruitment advisor Vincent Ferrandino's comment that discipline is a challenge for teachers worldwide is undoubtedly true, his concluding statement - "If a teacher cannot manage a class, then perhaps they are not ready for the job." - sounds hollow and self-serving.

While many teachers do find the disruptive behavior in many of the local schools difficult to deal with, perhaps a more proactive strategy designed to deal with the problem - including students, teachers, administrators and, above all, parents - would go a long way in addressing this educational dilemma.

Graham Wride, Abu Dhabi

The question of sky-high tuition

I refer to Private tuition fees are too high, parents say (December 16). I agree. My two sons are attending one of the private schools in Dubai. A first grade pupil is charged Dh40,000 per year. For this money one could go to a university in the UK, couldnt't one? I wonder why these schools have to charge an exorbitant amount of money. Something needs to be done.

Shabir Zainudeen, Dubai

Trying to fix a Turkish death trap

In reference to Turkey clears 'cancer village' (December 14), Tuzkoy is basically a death trap. Citizens are living on top of soil contaminated by erionite, a mineral linked to lung cancer. My hope is that the Turkish government is able to adequately convince the residents to move somehow safely or fix this health hazard.

Travis Michael, Dubai