x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 22 January 2018

Young consumers need education in conservation

With reference to the front page news story Abu Dhabi may raise price of electricity (September 27), isn't it time to put into effect a policy that allows people to generate their own domestic power through solar or wind?

With reference to the front page news story Abu Dhabi may raise price of electricity (September 27), isn't it time to put into effect a policy that allows people to generate their own domestic power through solar or wind? Until this day the Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority does not recognise this. Also, how about educating consumers instead of blaming them? I have yet to meet a single resident of Abu Dhabi who switches off the lights in a room after leaving it, or the gaming console or the air conditioning.

Educating the young about this should be done before blaming them for not complying.

Alia Bader, Abu Dhabi


Preserve pride in traditional dress

I refer to Sultan Al Qassemi's opinion article Stereotypes are but a dressing for our own prejudices (September 26) which offered a spirited defence of the kandoura. This is an amusing article. While traditional dress has long historical reasons to be worn locally, our global mass media have made anything not exactly Western (read American) ridiculous-looking or sounding.

The fun part is that the joke is now on America itself with its exposed economy and the fact that almost 50 out of 300 million citizens are classified poor in their land of opportunity. Most such attitudes come from half-baked notions of progress and are more appealing to young minds susceptible to peer pressure and their need for identification with "what's happening". On the other hand, local governments in most nations haven't taken care of promoting cultural education and preservation in the face of mindless consumerism.

Athar Mian, Abu Dhabi


Reflections on the great gridlock

I read with interest the article Gridlock as accidents paralyse rush hour (September 27). What I found illuminating was the paragraph which said that police "were stationed at every major intersection … by 9am". Herein lies the problem. At 7am, the traffic was already backed up and it took me 55 minutes to complete a six-minute journey. The main reason, apart from the lorry accident, was that motorists were blocking the intersections which therefore created gridlock not only on the main roads but also into the residential blocks.

If the traffic police had reacted earlier and sent officers (they could have used their motorcycle police) to the intersections to monitor this occurrence, then I'm positive that the effects of the accident would have not been as severe as it was. Please can we let the police know that responding in two hours, during rush hour, just isn't good enough?

Richard Harris, Abu Dhabi

The priorities appear to be wrong. There needs to be a serious programme to alleviate the congestion in the city.

Just one incident brings the whole city to a standstill. There needs to be more network resilience, with a traffic control system revolution and junction improvements all with the target of safer, more efficient roads, and better informed travellers. This happens all too often because of the slightest incident.

Ford Desmoineaux, Abu Dhabi

Thankfully I was at work on the morning before the gridlock started, but I do sympathise with all those who were trapped in the jam because it brought back memories of the June 1 traffic fiasco.

These incidents are becoming common and that's worrying. As it is, every morning there is a long wait at every traffic signal because of all the people rushing to work and to school with their kids at the same time. Is there any solution to our congestion woes?

SA, Abu Dhabi


Sanctuary for distressed drivers

The article High cost of parking drives office workers to distraction (September 26) described how workers at the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) resort to illegal parking to avoid high parking garage fees.

There is a regular shuttle bus available to nearby free parking near the Dubai World Trade Centre as an alternative solution. It runs regularly delivering people to and from the DIFC. Quite a few companies in the DIFC use it for employees on a contract basis.

PR Neate, Dubai


China’s offer calls for wise strategy

I refer to China asks UAE to argue case of islands (September 22). The timing of this sensitive matter regarding three Gulf islands occupied by Iran is very important. It should be noted that Iran is currently under severe sanctions. A wise and well-thought strategy to deal with the issue should be taken after analysing it from all angles.

Radha Krishna, Abu Dhabi