Letters to the Editor
The accident in which seven people were killed is a reminder that driver education and training is very poor (Emirates Road crash leads to fresh calls to ban minivans, July 27).
Pair that with way-too-long working hours and some drivers' temperaments, and it is clear that the vehicles are not the problem.
The same can be said for taxi drivers. They are often a real danger on the roads.
Wiltrud Matthes, Dubai
This has nothing to do with a vehicle. In fact, no vehicle is totally safe. It's how you control yourself as a driver.
The first problem is attitude. The roads should not be used to vent your personal frustration or anger. If you don't know how to drive, please stay off the road and let others drive in peace.
Mathew Litty, Dubai
How about removing stationary vehicles from the roads? That's the sensible thing to do.
If one can't be moved, then there should be warning signs and police cars in place to help other vehicles avoid crashing into them.
Elizabeth Campbell, Abu Dhabi
There should be a specific speed limit for minivans. They should not be allowed to drive faster then 100 kph.
Zafar Tulaganov, Dubai
Vans don't kill people. Horrible driving does.
Sarah Harger, Dubai
New hotels will need patrons
I refer to the story in your Business section, UAE hotel completions speed up ahead of Expo 2020 (July 27).
What will happen after Expo? Will there be enough business for all the new hotels then?
Chris Reid, Dubai
Occasion for a nostalgic meal
I have a special memory of Denny's (Diners' delight: What makes for an authentic diner experience in the UAE, July 27).
When I was pregnant with my first child, I was in labour but the hospital kept sending me home. I went to Denny's to have spicy buffalo wings because they were my favourite.
The waiter thought I was crazy because I was having heavy contractions while sitting in a diner eating chicken wings.
My son was born 16 hours later. I went to Denny's in Abu Dhabi last week for nostalgia's sake.
Tiffany Malnar, Abu Dhabi
I have been to Denny's multiple times in less than a week. The menu and the perfect service has made it my new favourite spot in town.
Shada Karrar, Abu Dhabi
Let's have even more food trucks
I agree with your editorial about making food truck licences available to smaller businesses (Meal on wheels, July 27).
Limiting the licences to those who have already achieved success in bricks-and-mortar is too conservative and holds back innovation.
Sohan Dsouza, Dubai
This idea will reduce the cost of the food and make food available to people in remote areas who are not close to restaurants.
Chukwuemeka Alozie, Nigeria
A good time with Google
Thank you for the article What it is really like to work at Google (July 27).
I was there last week with five students from Jumeirah College, courtesy of winning Uber's schools of the future competition.
We had a fantastic time. It's such a great place to work.
J Bonner, Dubai
Moral education will help nation
I applaud the decision described in Pupils to be given moral education (July 28).
This is a great move. Children who are taught the essential values of life - including ethics, personal and community growth, culture and heritage, civic education, and rights and responsibilities - from a young age will become engaged and involved with the realities of daily life.
A sense of attachment and belonging will grow in them as these values are instilled and as they learn more about them on a regular basis.
I suggest that they also include an element of health, safety and environment education into the curriculum.
Discipline in these three areas will help produce a committed generation who will be a source of pride for their nation and make their leaders' vision a reality.
Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi
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