Opinion

Picture of kind cabbie says a thousand thank yous

Picture of kind cabbie says a thousand thank yous

On Sunday my car broke down on the main road in the midday blistering heat. As a young woman stuck in the middle of the road, a taxi man stopped and without any questions started to push my car off th... »

Time to be ‘civilised’ on roads before it’s too late

Time to be ‘civilised’ on roads before it’s too late

We continually criticise the driving in Dubai and rightly so, but the most significant comment from yesterday’s letters page was when someone pointed out that Dubai was becoming like Jakarta. This is ... »

Paper mountain continues despite ID card initiative

Paper mountain continues despite ID card initiative

What good is the Emirates ID? It was presented as a one-stop solution for everything. Instead, every year the stack of paper required to do anything just seems to grow. A copy of the Emirates ID is ad... »

Judgemental letter writer is told to look in the mirror

Judgemental letter writer is told to look in the mirror

Now I’ve read two letters from Mighty Mariner and his/her opinion of expat women. The letters are some of the worst cases of bigotry I have read in a long time. MM, you should change your name to Migh... »

Shopper gives ‘arrogant’ phone user an earful

Shopper gives ‘arrogant’ phone user an earful

I would like to express my concerns when in a supermarket yesterday at the Spanish-speaking lady with the young girl. I congratulate you on being an arrogant, rude individual. I stood behind you at th... »

Expat woman driver puts her foot down in defence

Expat woman driver puts her foot down in defence

I’d like to defend myself and no doubt a lot of expat women in regard to our driving habits. Contrary to Mighty Mariner’s narrow-minded opinion (‘Iraq’s wacky racers have nothing on Dubai driver... »

Rude visitor shocks security guard…

Rude visitor shocks security guard…

While I was executing my duties as a concierge in one of the towers located in a prime area of Dubai, a gentleman approached my desk and inquired for access to a villa. I asked if he was a visitor as ... »

Message to mystery lady: how is my dog getting on?

Message to mystery lady: how is my dog getting on?

On February 17, Rusty, our escapee cocker spaniel, went missing from Al Helio, Ajman. As we were at the bottom of the road following his trail from the many callers who were helping us to find him, a ... »

Iraq’s wacky races have nothing on Dubai drivers

Iraq’s wacky races have nothing on Dubai drivers

I recently spent several days traveling to North Iraq, where the roads are complete madness and no rules apply – the locals carry firearms and taxi drivers think they are Lewis Hamilton. Three l... »

Escalator outage was distressing for commuters

Escalator outage was distressing for commuters

I had to laugh at my fellow Dubai Metro passengers the other evening. We all got off at Rashidiya station to find the down escalator wasn’t switched on. I usually take the steps anyway to avoid the co... »

Prank calls ‘just a cheap shot to get some laughs’

Prank calls ‘just a cheap shot to get some laughs’

I am saddened at the crew on a breakfast radio show who make cheap prank calls to hard-working people who speak English as a second language. They seem to find it funny embarrassing these employees on... »

Kids playing beside a busy road: where are parents?

Kids playing beside a busy road: where are parents?

I have witnessed small kids (between the ages of three and five) playing outside their apartment building and running across the busy road (Kuwait Street) here in Nuyhamiah, Ajman. I fear the moment o... »

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