A reader is confident that Dubai can execute the mega projects according to its plans. Jaime Puebla / The National
A reader is confident that Dubai can execute the mega projects according to its plans. Jaime Puebla / The National

Dubai must stick to its vision

This refers to your article Mega projects in the UAE raise concerns, economists say (July 30).

The article says that economists are worried about the risks attached to the scale of new development. Economists do not think beyond their theories.

Dubai’s tried and tested strategy of “build it and they will come” has worked successfully. My advice is, stick to your vision. The word “impossible” is for the lazy. Everything is possible. Moreover, if Dubai is to become the city of the future, then it must offer infrastructure and facilities that other cities do not offer. That said, we must strike a balance between infrastructure development, people and resources.

Randall Mohammed, Dubai

I write in reference to the Facebook photogallery, Mega projects coming to the UAE. Everything looks good, but looking at the way things are going, I think only the rich people and tourists can afford these places.

Paul Dessoir, Dubai

Emirati women deserve better at workplace

I write in reference to the article 'Don't hold back if you have potential', working women told (July 30). The best way to deal with discrimination is to make it illegal and stop nepotism.

There are many great women in the UAE, with superior skill sets and education. Yet, one has to look at the management of companies to discover their bias against women.

I would love to see Emirati women in management roles and further up as they finish university.

Jen Bishop, Abu Dhabi

Does Malak Hassan mean to say that women in general are experiencing discrimination in the workforce in the UAE, or does she mean to say that among Emiratis, who make up about 30 per cent of the workforce, women are discriminated against?

In any case, I think she makes a valid point. This issue must be addressed

Hady Khayrat, Abu Dhabi

Military embargo on Israel is crucial

Israel uses military force to maintain occupation and apartheid (No matter how you look at it, Israel doesn't want peace, July 29). This system is put in place to control as much land with as few Palestinians on it as possible, and to prevent the Palestinian people from exercising their right to self-determination.

Between 2000 and 2010 alone, Israeli armed forces injured tens of

thousands and killed more than 7,000 Palestinians.

Following the 2008-09 assault on Gaza, in which more than 1,400 Palestinians were killed, predominantly civilians, the Israeli army and military industry held a trade show in which they showed how their new technologies were used against Palestinians.

Israel plays a leading role in exporting arms, equipment and technology to oppressive regimes.

A comprehensive military embargo is a crucial step towards ending Israel’s unlawful and criminal use of force against the Palestinian people. It’s a vital and effective non-violent measure to pressure Israel to comply with its obligations under international law. Take action now to help stop arming Israel.

Samaoen Osman, South Africa

India can’t ignore small neighbours

After many years, India has a prime minister who is really trying to put things in order and trying to control the damage done by Congress (India finalises deal to export power to Nepal, July 29).

The Congress-led UPA government gave little importance to smaller countries like Nepal and Bhutan. Instead, it was concentrating only on Pakistan and China and wasting energy and money.

These two countries took advantage of such policy. But Narendra Modi is now paying adequate attention to other countries such as Nepal and Bhutan. He started by making a foreign visit to Bhutan, while the external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj visited Nepal recently.

These countries are most important for India to keep peace at the borders. If India forgets them, China and Pakistan will benefit from them.

Sukumar S, India

The flights: FlyDubai offers direct flights to Catania Airport from Dubai International Terminal 2 daily with return fares starting from Dh1,895.
The details: Access to the 2,900-metre elevation point at Mount Etna by cable car and 4x4 transport vehicle cost around €57.50 (Dh248) per adult. Entry into Teatro Greco costs €10 (Dh43). For more go to www.visitsicily.info

 Where to stay: Hilton Giardini Naxos offers beachfront access and accessible to Taormina and Mount Etna. Rooms start from around €130 (Dh561) per night, including taxes.


Director: Sudha Kongara Prasad

Starring: Akshay Kumar, Radhika Madan, Paresh Rawal

Rating: 2/5

Gulf Men's League final

Dubai Hurricanes 24-12 Abu Dhabi Harlequins


Company: Eco Way
Started: December 2023
Founder: Ivan Kroshnyi
Based: Dubai, UAE
Industry: Electric vehicles
Investors: Bootstrapped with undisclosed funding. Looking to raise funds from outside


Pool A Dubai Hurricanes, Bahrain, Dubai Exiles, Dubai Tigers 2

Pool B Abu Dhabi Harlequins, Jebel Ali Dragons, Dubai Knights Eagles, Dubai Tigers


Opening fixtures

Thursday, December 5

6.40pm, Pitch 8, Abu Dhabi Harlequins v Dubai Knights Eagles

7pm, Pitch 2, Jebel Ali Dragons v Dubai Tigers

7pm, Pitch 4, Dubai Hurricanes v Dubai Exiles

7pm, Pitch 5, Bahrain v Dubai Eagles 2


Recent winners

2018 Dubai Hurricanes

2017 Dubai Exiles

2016 Abu Dhabi Harlequins

2015 Abu Dhabi Harlequins

2014 Abu Dhabi Harlequins


Director: Tamer Ruggli

Starring: Nadine Labaki, Fanny Ardant

Rating: 3.5/5


Round 1: Beat Leolia Jeanjean 6-1, 6-2
Round 2: Beat Naomi Osaka 7-6, 1-6, 7-5
Round 3: Beat Marie Bouzkova 6-4, 6-2
Round 4: Beat Anastasia Potapova 6-0, 6-0
Quarter-final: Beat Marketa Vondrousova 6-0, 6-2
Semi-final: Beat Coco Gauff 6-2, 6-4
Final: Beat Jasmine Paolini 6-2, 6-2


Name: Grubtech

Founders: Mohamed Al Fayed and Mohammed Hammedi

Launched: October 2019

Employees: 50

Financing stage: Seed round (raised $2 million)



Director: Damian Szifron

Stars: Shailene Woodley, Ben Mendelsohn, Ralph Ineson

Rating: 2/5

The specs

Engine: 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8
Power: 620hp from 5,750-7,500rpm
Torque: 760Nm from 3,000-5,750rpm
Transmission: Eight-speed dual-clutch auto
On sale: Now
Price: From Dh1.05 million ($286,000)

Brief scoreline:

Crystal Palace 2

Milivojevic 76' (pen), Van Aanholt 88'

Huddersfield Town 0


Director: Carol Mansour

Starring: Aida Abboud, Carol Mansour

Rating: 3.5./5

The burning issue

The internal combustion engine is facing a watershed moment – major manufacturer Volvo is to stop producing petroleum-powered vehicles by 2021 and countries in Europe, including the UK, have vowed to ban their sale before 2040. The National takes a look at the story of one of the most successful technologies of the last 100 years and how it has impacted life in the UAE. 

Read part four: an affection for classic cars lives on

Read part three: the age of the electric vehicle begins

Read part two: how climate change drove the race for an alternative