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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 19 September 2018

Those who attack others’ religions harm themselves

A reader expresses disgust over anti-Islamic messages being carried by buses in the US. Other topics: hotel investments, Abu Dhabi rents, rape, Emiratis, traffic congestion
A reader expresses shock and anger at the anti-Islamic advert painted on buses in the United States. Karen Bleier / AFP
A reader expresses shock and anger at the anti-Islamic advert painted on buses in the United States. Karen Bleier / AFP

I am shocked and angry to read the article Anti-Islam ad sparks US free speech debate (June 1). I don’t know why people attack religions. I also don’t understand how a bus can carry adverts expressing hatred for a particular religion. I come from Pakistan, which is an Islamic country, but I have never seen any such thing there. That’s because every religion is respected there. One can get respect only when one gives respect to others.

How is it possible that buses are allowed carry adverts spreading anti-Islamic messages in the heart of America? It cannot happen without the government’s consent.

Earlier, individuals from Europe tried to project Islam in a negative light. It does not harm our faith. It harms them.

A Naqvi, Ras Al Khaimah

Hotels investments will boost tourism

Your story Investor confidence in UAE hotels grows as visitor number rises (June 2) was encouraging. The fact that a growing number of global investors are keen on investing in the UAE’s hotel industry shows that the market is growing and investor confidence is returning. This will have a positive effect on visitor numbers and therefore tourism as a whole.

K Ragavan, US

Take fresh look at traffic congestion

This refers to the news report Government workers’ start times could be staggered to ease traffic, Dubai police director says (May 29). I have a different suggestion.

How about school and university start times being later than Government employees as this should not just be about traffic congestion?

Research, admittedly not in the UAE, but in many countries in the West, has proven that adolescents and young adults need more sleep to function properly than adults, which is why school and university start times are after the majority of employees go to work, whether they work for the government or the private sector. Plus, while we are on the subject of traffic, enforcing students to take buses/trams/the metro would not only reduce congestion, but would help the UAE to reduce its relatively high carbon footprint. Or how about rewarding Government employees for using public transport as a lot has been spent on building this infrastructure and what better way to promote it than Government employees supporting Government initiatives? I can’t think of any better form of advertising.

Name withheld by request

Emiratis should be ready to do all jobs

I am responding to the article ‘No limits to what UAE women can achieve’ (June 2).

This is indeed great news, but I would like to mention that this should not only be for Emirati women, but for those of other nationalities too. Living in such a rapidly advancing country like the UAE, all girls and women should be given equal opportunities.

Hira Ansari, Pakistan

Emiratis should get priority in their country. When we say that the UAE has a sustainable workforce, it means national workforce.

Layla Horrobin, Dubai

To have a sustainable workforce, the local population needs to accept all levels of employment and eventually reduce the need for foreign workers as much as possible.

You can’t have all Emiratis in mid- to high-level management positions. That’s not sustainable by any means.

John Paravalos, Dubai

Rapists deserve harshest sentence

A couple of points on the article The extremist and alarmist nature of Indian society (April 28). I noted that the writer provided figures for other countries on rape crimes, but there are no figures on “reported rape cases” on the country the article focuses on (one can only imagine the numbers of “unreported rapes” in India).

However, I admire the fact that 74 per cent of Indians consider that the laws on rape are too lenient. There must be zero-tolerance for repeat sexual offenders.

K Bryant, Dubai

Capital needs affordable homes

I think affordable, decent, municipality-approved housing for low- and middle-income earners is what Abu Dhabi really needs now (The Arc on Abu Dhabi’s Reem Island launched by Aldar, June 1).

The fancy buildings are nice for the tourists, but they won’t do much to solve the problems for hard-working expatriates, forever looking for affordable accommodation with the precious tawtheeq (a document that authenticates the registration of a property with Abu Dhabi Municipality).

Mbongeni Madlisa Mpofu, Abu Dhabi

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