Ajman fire raises serious questions

A reader calls for stringent fire-safety regulations. Other topics: genetic diseases, enforcement, EgyptAir, marital relations

A reader calls for more stringent safety regulations for high-rises. Victor Besa for The National
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What was the cause of the fire in Ajman One development (Returning residents count cost of damage after Ajman towers fire, March 31)? Possibly flammable cladding aided the fire to spread rapidly. It takes three key ingredients to start a fire: ignition source, fuel and oxygen. Hopefully the investigation will identify the root cause.
However, fires in high-rises are becoming more frequent suggesting a lack of prevention measures. The authorities need to invest in a system of audits for all high-rise buildings. The cost of this would be a fraction of the cost of material damage, business interruption and possible liability claims.
Randall Mohammed, Dubai
An honest story of a mother
At least Fatima Al Blooshi admitted that she was selfish (My selfishness brought pain, says mother of girl born with blood disorder, March 30), although it won't alleviate the suffering of her daughter. This is a guilt she will always carry with her. I pray to the Almighty to ease the suffering of this family.
Kristina Margit, Dubai
What an honest story. I am an American and I pray that Ms Al Blooshi's daughter Hussa gets the best care when she travels. May God help this family. Thank you for sharing this story. It might help others.
Cherry DF, Dubai
This is why my husband and I went for blood tests before we got married.
Cassandra Ali, US
Why are rules not enforced?
I refer to your editorial A clear road out of confusion (March 30). Surely the question is that when everyone knows what needs to be done, why is no one doing it?
I was reprimanded by a police officer the other day because I slowed down to allow a pedestrian to cross the road at a marked crossing.
There is far too much talk about enforcing laws and not enough about obeying them.
Martin Fraser, Abu Dhabi
Fines should be income based. There seems to be an unspoken rule that the biggest, fanciest or fastest car gets the right of way. I suspect the fines are just a drop in the bucket for those folks.
Name withheld, Dubai
Questions over airport security
The funny part of the hijacking drama on the EgyptAir flight is diluting the issue. I also watched the video of a press conference in which EgyptAir officials were poking fun at the culprit's intent. I think it was inappropriate.
The only issue that needs to be discussed at this moment is the security lapse in Egypt's airports.
Most people are genuinely scared to travel to Egypt because of this reason. Egypt's economy will suffer if the country fails to handle the security situation properly.
Name withheld by request
A man ought to protect his wife
In reference to Rym Ghazal's opinion article To shield or not to shield? Only couples can decide (March 30). It's really nobody's business but theirs. The Saudi man showed great respect for his wife and wanted her to feel comfortable while eating at a restaurant.
My husband would do the same for me and has done so, in the past, in certain situations. As one person commented: "He looks after my honour as I am part of his honour." It's so very true.
Zainab Patti Jane Hussain, Dubai
There's nothing wrong with it. If my husband would do it, I would feel that he just wanted me to be comfortable and he was protective because he loved me.
When people have something valuable, they try to hide it. The most valuable thing a man can have is his wife. So what's wrong if the man in question decided to hide his wife from evil gazes?
Hoor Khan, Abu Dhabi

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