In reference to your story Sheikh Mohammed announces sweeping changes to new visa system (May 20), I think this is a great initiative. We all know research and development don't happen overnight and that innovative ideas need time to incubate.
Additionally, with technology changing rapidly, what might be a good idea today could be outdated by tomorrow. Therefore professionals, particularly in the health and engineering sectors, are required to maintain the long-term vision of the UAE's leadership.
This shift addresses the fact that although there are great innovators within this region, expertise from other nations is equally prized. If you have read any of the writings of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President, UAE Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, you will know that not only is he a great leader but his vision is firmly driven by long-term considerations.
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This is great news. The UAE needs a less transient workforce in many professions. Teaching is one of them.
Mary Smith, UAE
In response to your far-sighted editorial Visa laws will help the UAE's transformation into a knowledge economy (May 21), the UAE's openness to professionals from across the world is a refreshing change from the restrictions being imposed by many countries in the West. A country that keeps it doors and windows open will always benefit from the fresh breezes of new ideas and understanding. Congratulations on a timely editorial.
Rajendra Aneja, Dubai
Bangaloreans need competent governance, not political squabbling
I write in reference to your article India's BJP wins most seats in Karnataka state elections (May 16): the recent elections in Karnataka and the manner in which the Congress Party and the Janata Dal Secular party joined together to deny prime minister Narendra Modi's BJP power, demonstrate how the electoral numbers game has become the main criteria in forming a government in Indian democracy.
As a common man, I expect my basic needs to be met by whoever wins political office. I therefore hope this coalition will act in service of the people of Karnataka and leads to the development of Bangalore. Among other things, the citizens of that city need better waste management, pothole-free roads, greater safety for women and affordable health and education. We will have to wait and see whether or not they bring back the old garden city image that Bangalore once had. I wish the new government well.
K Ragavan, Denver
Sheikh Zayed initiated rapid and lasting change
In reference to your article Hilton Abu Dhabi: The hotel opened by Sheikh Zayed that changed the city forever (May 22), it makes one marvel at how fast this emirate has changed.
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