Education needed to tackle littering

A reader draws attention to the problem of littering in Abu Dhabi. Other topics: tourism, plastic menace, accidents

A reader draws attention to the problem of littering in Abu Dhabi. Courtesy Adriana Holtslag Alvarez
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The other day I was walking my dogs where the boats depart for Nurai Islands. I noticed a lot of rubbish, including plastic bottles, strewn all around. That’s probably because there are no rubbish bins anywhere. I was shocked to realise that nobody felt the need to pick up their rubbish.

Let’s clean Abu Dhabi. Let’s teach those who have not been taught not to litter.

This goes for the parks as well. The amount of rubbish people leave behind, especially on weekends, is astounding.

Adriana Holtslag Alvarez, Abu Dhabi

Why plastic bags are so For tourism, look outside the US

Perhaps this is the time for people to realise that the United States is not the only tourist destination on the planet worth visiting. To its north are the jaw-dropping vistas of Canada; to the south, the exciting and less-travelled roads of Latin America (Emirates airline concerned over latest Trump travel ban, March 10).

Then there is New Zealand. It was not parked at the far end of the globe for nothing. Stunning landscapes, clean air, a plethora of adventure sports and a wealth of wonderful food grown on natural green grass await those who are prepared to travel just a few hours farther than the US. And you can drop into our offshore island – Australia – on the way.

Think positively, Sir Tim Clarke. Emirates is not a leading airline for nothing. When one place becomes a busted flush, take that lead and introduce holidaymakers to others.

Judith Finnemore, Abu Dhabi

Accident rates are annoying

It's both sad and infuriating that bad traffic and accidents are a daily occurrence in Dubai (UAE traffic: multiple accidents and roadworks cause delays in Dubai, March 13). At the Dubai Mall exit from Al Khail Road, I was in the right lane on a recent morning and all other cars had merged left.

I checked my mirror to see someone speeding up in the right merge lane while looking down at his mobile – there was no room for him to cut in front of me. I honked to keep him from hitting my car. He slammed on his brakes, was rear-ended and looked at me with a hand motion, as if to say “what’s your problem?”

It’s long past time for the authorities to mandate mobile service blocking in all but emergency vehicles. It’s the only way I can see to start to save lives on Dubai roads.

Elan Fabbri, Dubai