The philanthropy of Bill and Melinda Gates should be an example to all wealthy people

Our readers have their say on the rich and their money, the importance of Arab Hope Makers and supporting local talent

(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 26, 2018 Bill Gates and his wife Melinda Gates introduce the Goalkeepers event at the Lincoln Center in New York. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation pledged on February 5, 2020 to commit up to $100 million for the global response to the novel coronavirus epidemic that has claimed nearly 500 lives. The funding will be used to strengthen detection, isolation and treatment efforts, the foundation said, including protecting at-risk populations and developing vaccines and diagnostics.
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With regard to Billionaires: Bill Gates pledges $100 million to fight coronavirus (February 22): they both seem like the most amazing people. If only the rest of the world's rich could be like Bill and Melinda Gates, two wonderful people who set an example of what to do with wealth.

Tanya Milbourne, Dubai

A stunning gesture. The world will be better off with more blessed people like Bill and Melinda Gates.

Reinett Kupker, Dubai

UAE’s initiative to help people who crate hope is a great move

With reference to the editorial Arab Hope makers Dubai backs the right causes (February 22): this was a meaningful and thought-provoking piece. The win by the Emirati gentleman, Mr Al Falasi who was awarded Dh 1million was heartening to read. That his hospital in Mombasa will undergo a transformation with the money awarded to him by the leadership of Dubai is very impressive. As is the fact that past winners have used their award money for noble causes. It is good for society that such philanthropic ideals are mooted by the country. The UAE has demonstrated its helping nature for the downtrodden on a global level.

K Ragavan, Bengaluru, India

Keep washing those hands: news of coronavirus affects us all

In reference to Rory Reynolds' article UAE confirms two new cases of coronavirus bringing total to 13 (February 22): I thought they were screening all visitors. I pray they are fine and will be out of harm's way.

Melanie Rose, Dubai

Please stay calm. I’m sure that the government is providing all the information there possibly is and protecting us better than any other country could. We have the best trained doctors, best medicines, best equipment and most beautiful hospitals anywhere in the world. It is totally safe everywhere you go or the government would inform us to avoid a specific area.

James Sullivan, Abu Dhabi

We need to encourage local talent in Muay Thai and kickboxing

Regarding Amith Passela's report Abu Dhabi to become first Middle East city to host IFMA World Muay Thai Championship (December 2019): Sara Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh is the first Female Emirati Muay Thai national champion from Abu Dhabi. She won the title on February 22, the first local talent to do so.

As an Emirati, I am proud to see our first local champion in Muay Thai and kickboxing. We need to support local talent for them to flourish and give them due attention.

Name withheld on request

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