Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 28 May 2020

Top of the Dubai World Cup

A reader enjoyed the hats on display at the big horse-racing event. Other topics: TV commercials, children in prison and getting to the airport.
A reader liked the hats at the racetrack, such as this one worn by Dubai resident Luciane Lucca. Sarah Dea / The National
A reader liked the hats at the racetrack, such as this one worn by Dubai resident Luciane Lucca. Sarah Dea / The National

TV commercials send the wrong message

I am very disappointed with the standards, or lack thereof, of some television advertisers.

A well-known brand of washing-up machine claims that only its models can achieve temperatures sufficiently high to kill bacteria. This is misleading.

Another advertisement for a premium-movies channel depicts a man driving a car, then receiving and looking at a text message, clearly taking his eyes off the road in the process.

This is being screened at a time when the UAE authorities are fining people for using their mobile phones while driving.

These are just two examples, with one of them encouraging people to break the traffic law.

Jeremy Weeks, Abu Dhabi

Shopping is now a major exercise

I am writing in reference to Nouveau kitsch (March 27), John Henzell's feature article about grocery stores in Abu Dhabi.

Shopping has become very difficult after the closure of many small groceries.

Just to buy a small bottle of water, milk or juice you now have to search for a mall.

Imran Iqbal, Abu Dhabi

Cup fashions were ahead of the field

The hats at the Dubai World Cup were creative and fun (Hats off (and on) to a great day at the races, March 31).

Life is too short not to get out and experience everything you can. Way to go, ladies!

Debbie Schuck, Abu Dhabi

GPS systems can make life easier

Most of the leading airlines serving provide a limousine service to pick up and drop off their business and first-class passengers.

However, recently, it has become a nightmare to accept the services offered by the transport companies who operate these vehicles on behalf of the airlines.

The guest must confirm and reconfirm his or her location at least two days before departure.

However, in my experience, the driver often still has difficulty finding the location. Many of the cars do not have GPS - or, if a GPS is installed, the driver does not know how to use it.

In many cases, the driver is unable to reach the passenger's home at the agreed time, meaning there is a delay in reaching the airport.

Sometimes, I have had to get a taxi or call on a friend or relative to drop me off at the airport when the car has not arrived.

I think that the major airlines should make it mandatory for the vehicles they use to have a GPS system and a driver who is trained to use it. This would avoid unnecessary telephone calls, arguments and frustration.

Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi

Wearing the abaya is about modesty

I am writing about your interview with Amber Le Bon (March 30).

If a model who was born and raised in London feels comfortable in the abaya, Europe should adopt this form of dress so it can reduce abuse against women.

The dignity of the woman remains if she is covered modestly.

The European media does not express this issue as respecting other cultures, but portrays it as violating women's rights.

Muhammad Naeem Ul Fateh, Pakistan

Innocent children need protection

The situation described in Children jailed with their mothers in visa amnesty (March 31) is appalling.

But, if I was in this country with no relatives or friends, I would rather my child was with me than with strangers. This amnesty should provide proper accommodation other than prisons.

Aziza Al Busaidy, Dubai

How can the authorities punish children who have committed no crime?

It is very disconcerting and sad to read about this, as it could be the reason why some women abandon their babies.

I understand that sex out of wedlock is a crime, but the authorities shouldn't punish children or put women in a position where they might harm their newborn babies. Name withheld by request


These women did not create their children all by themselves.

What about the fathers? Who will punish them? Teri Adams, Abu Dhabi

Updated: April 1, 2013 04:00 AM