The UAE has always been a safe, welcoming and tolerant country
I write to you in reference to the article UAE to open global cultural offices to spread message of tolerance (December 7): after 28 years in the UAE, I can agree that the UAE in general is tolerant of the influx of so many people from other parts of the world.
Aziza Al Busaidy, Dubai
The law must be followed and justice delivered to rapists
This is with reference to Taniya Dutta’s article, Indian activists and lawyers sound alarm over police killing of rape suspects (December 7). The recent brutal gang rape of a vet followed by the police killing of the gang made sensational news in the Indian media.
Even though the death of the four arrested was welcome news for parents of the victim, Indian activists and lawyers are taking a different view. They say that the encounter should not have been done. Only affected people feel the pinch.
There are mixed reactions in India regarding this case as people are angry. Rapists should be punished once their guilt is proven. Verdicts should not be delayed.
K Ragavan, Bengaluru
Christmas is in the air: on the roads, in the supermarkets
This is with reference to Christmas at Dubai Opera: visits from Santa, a night of carols and a festive market: being in the UAE for the past 14 years, I have witnessed Christmas celebrations here every year. The decorations are visible in malls, supermarkets, on the roads. It is beautifully done with glittering cut-outs of reindeer, Santa on his sleigh, lights with hanging snowflakes.
Exchanging gifts makes it a profitable time for retailers, a time when businessmen all over the world make good profits.
Christmas has really become a global festival.
We take our daughter every year to watch Christmas Eve celebrations. Three years ago, we were fortunate to take her to a few places in Europe. She was overwhelmed with magic of this festival and how groups of people in costume roam the streets sharing cookies with strangers passing by. Markets, especially at night, are worth visiting.
Lamiya Siraj, Abu Dhabi
Updated: December 9, 2019 08:58 AM