Readers say they are pleased to find an increasing number of walls painted with graffiti. Christopher Pike / The National
Readers say they are pleased to find an increasing number of walls painted with graffiti. Christopher Pike / The National

Small doses of graffiti art are good for our cities



I am happy to see the country opening up to graffiti art (eL Seed's towering new text in Ajman, July 5). I have been seeing an increasing number of graffiti art in the cities. My favourite is the one in Al Raha.

The value of art is in the eye of the beholder. We can agree, though, that much of the stuff that graffiti artists produce in other parts of the world hurt their cities. Some of it is beautiful, though.

Ibrahim M, Dubai

With no disrespect to el Seed and his art, I miss some real graffiti - the kind that appears overnight, sprayed by talented underground kids.

Wiltrud Matthes, Dubai

Drones ought to be regulated or even banned

Last year, Dubai International Airport closed its airspace three times due to drones flying too close to the area (UAE looks to combat drone incursions after Gatwick incident, July 5). Dozens of flights were diverted. These drones must be better regulated.

I have seen children flying drones in our neighbourhood. I am not opposed to that, but some of them fly them too close to the windows of high-rise buildings. Such activities are a nuisance. Who knows whether these drones are fitted with cameras or not? If drones cannot be better regulated, they should be banned. They can really pose security threats to individuals and institutions.

Maurice Taylor, Dubai

Traffic laws must be enforced across the country uniformly

Regarding the traffic law, I'm confused (More than 1,200 drivers caught by Dubai Police on first day of law change, July 4). The other day, I was driving on the highway at 65kph when the radar went off. I found it strange as I was in an 80kph zone, meaning one can drive at 100kph. This was in Ras Al Khaimah.

Christina Murphy, Dubai

I am glad that finally the new traffic laws are taking effect. This should happen all over the country.

More importantly, drivers need better training and the licensing system must be tougher. Why can’t the UAE follow a system similar to the ones in Canada or the United States?

Name withheld by request

Education cost is not that high compared to that of US

In reference to your article UAE parents pay more than double global average for education (July 3), if you paid $99,000 for private school from kindergarten to four years of college, you are getting a steal in UAE. In the United States, I have paid about $170,000 for my son to attend private school from the first to 10th grade, and I still have two more years of high school and four years of college to go.

Sharona Thomas-Wilson, Dubai

School fees are outrageous. There needs to be a serious reform in terms of how much schools should be allowed to charge.

Sara Smith , Dubai

Dubai works towards better air quality by 2021

Dubai is on a mission to record good air quality for 90 per cent of the year – up from 86 per cent annually today – by 2021.

The municipality plans to have seven mobile air-monitoring stations by 2020 to capture more accurate data in hourly and daily trends of pollution.

These will be on the Palm Jumeirah, Al Qusais, Muhaisnah, Rashidiyah, Al Wasl, Al Quoz and Dubai Investment Park.

“It will allow real-time responding for emergency cases,” said Khaldoon Al Daraji, first environment safety officer at the municipality.

“We’re in a good position except for the cases that are out of our hands, such as sandstorms.

“Sandstorms are our main concern because the UAE is just a receiver.

“The hotspots are Iran, Saudi Arabia and southern Iraq, but we’re working hard with the region to reduce the cycle of sandstorm generation.”

Mr Al Daraji said monitoring as it stood covered 47 per cent of Dubai.

There are 12 fixed stations in the emirate, but Dubai also receives information from monitors belonging to other entities.

“There are 25 stations in total,” Mr Al Daraji said.

“We added new technology and equipment used for the first time for the detection of heavy metals.

“A hundred parameters can be detected but we want to expand it to make sure that the data captured can allow a baseline study in some areas to ensure they are well positioned.”

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