Like the Palestinian teenager Ahed Al Tamimi, many unseen and unknown individuals around the globe face extreme odds in their quest for justice. AFP
Like the Palestinian teenager Ahed Al Tamimi, many unseen and unknown individuals around the globe face extreme odds in their quest for justice. AFP

Let us hope for more movements of resistance led by women

I find Shelina Janmohamed's article This year, women became the face of resistance (December 29) quite moving in its call for the empowerment of women. Like the Palestinian teenager Ahed Al Tamimi, many unseen and unknown individuals around the globe face extreme odds in their quest for justice.

The civil conflicts in countries around the globe have given rise to a number of atrocities against women. The Yazidis, the Rohingya and the Palestinians are some of the examples of extreme suffering. As 2017 ends, their miseries will extend into the next year. The most painful situation is that of children who, instead of receiving their mothers' affection, are growing up witnessing the horrors of war. As the new year dawns, let us hope for more movements of resistance led by women. The young must lead the charge. Let us hope for a better tomorrow.

Ramachandran Nair, Oman

Taxi touts at the airport create a poor impression

I was recently accosted, for the second time, by unlicensed and illegal touts wanting business as taxi drivers at Abu Dhabi airport. They ignored the sole security officer who was present. Customer services said it was beyond their ability to do anything about it. A police car was parked outside but no officers were to be found.

Airports that do not have this problem have a very visible police presence and large signs warning people not to use illegal taxis. Abu Dhabi wants tourists. But when the first experience is of these illegal touts, it undermines the efforts of the Government to promote tourism. It creates a poor impression.

Judith Finnemore, Al Ain

Can veganism really save the planet?

In reference to your article How a plant-based diet can save the planet (December 28), not so true because the farming industry is also very harmful for the planet.

Julie Mia, UAE

Fire safety awareness can save lives

In reference to the online story Deadly NYC fire lit by child playing with stove (December 29), there are child-proofing tools for stoves. If the child had done it before, wouldn't common sense tell them to instal those?

Beverly Newell, Ras Al Khaimah 

To prevent fires, we turn the gas switch off at the wall in the UAE. Unfortunately this is an uncommon feature in the United States.

Suzanne Arruda-Wessel, Abu Dhabi

It takes more than money to build a great university

In response to the article Bitcoin millionaire, 19, wants to build 'world's best university' in Dubai (December 30), you can't "build" the best university. You can start with a big dream and lots of money and then, over a few decades, the university may become the best, or it may not. Here is just another example of someone thinking money solves everything.

Dave Pryce, United Kingdom

The biog

Born: Kuwait in 1986
Family: She is the youngest of seven siblings
Time in the UAE: 10 years
Hobbies: audiobooks and fitness: she works out every day, enjoying kickboxing and basketball


Director: David Lowery

Stars: Alexander Molony, Ever Anderson, Joshua Pickering

Rating: 3/5


Continental Europe
Francesco Molinari (c)
Thomas Detry
Rasmus Hojgaard
Adrian Meronk
Guido Migliozzi
Alex Noren
Victor Perez
Thomas Pieters
Sepp Straka
Player TBC

Great Britain & Ireland
Tommy Fleetwood (c)
Ewen Ferguson
Tyrrell Hatton
Shane Lowry
Robert MacIntyre
Seamus Power
Callum Shinkwin
Jordan Smith
Matt Wallace
Player TBC

Living in...

This article is part of a guide on where to live in the UAE. Our reporters will profile some of the country’s most desirable districts, provide an estimate of rental prices and introduce you to some of the residents who call each area home.


Company name: Almouneer
Started: 2017
Founders: Dr Noha Khater and Rania Kadry
Based: Egypt
Number of staff: 120
Investment: Bootstrapped, with support from Insead and Egyptian government, seed round of
$3.6 million led by Global Ventures

How to wear a kandura


  • Wear the right fabric for the right season and occasion 
  • Always ask for the dress code if you don’t know
  • Wear a white kandura, white ghutra / shemagh (headwear) and black shoes for work 
  • Wear 100 per cent cotton under the kandura as most fabrics are polyester


  • Wear hamdania for work, always wear a ghutra and agal 
  • Buy a kandura only based on how it feels; ask questions about the fabric and understand what you are buying
Visit Abu Dhabi culinary team's top Emirati restaurants in Abu Dhabi

Yadoo’s House Restaurant+& Cafe

For the karak and Yoodo's house platter with includes eggs, balaleet, khamir and chebab bread.

Golden Dallah

For the cappuccino, luqaimat and aseeda.

Al Mrzab Restaurant

For the shrimp murabian and Kuwaiti options including Kuwaiti machboos with kebab and spicy sauce.

Al Derwaza

For the fish hubul, regag bread, biryani and special seafood soup. 

Iftar programme at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding

Established in 1998, the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding was created with a vision to teach residents about the traditions and customs of the UAE. Its motto is ‘open doors, open minds’. All year-round, visitors can sign up for a traditional Emirati breakfast, lunch or dinner meal, as well as a range of walking tours, including ones to sites such as the Jumeirah Mosque or Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood.

Every year during Ramadan, an iftar programme is rolled out. This allows guests to break their fast with the centre’s presenters, visit a nearby mosque and observe their guides while they pray. These events last for about two hours and are open to the public, or can be booked for a private event.

Until the end of Ramadan, the iftar events take place from 7pm until 9pm, from Saturday to Thursday. Advanced booking is required.

For more details, email or visit



Director: Jaume Collet-Serra

Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Sarah Shahi, Viola Davis, Pierce Brosnan

Rating: 3/5