The ruler of Dubai leads by example

Readers are all praise for Sheikh Mohammed's style of leadwership. Other topics: school fees, child abuse, child protection

Sheikh Mohammed is an exceptional ruler, readers say. Photo courtesy Dubai Media Office
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Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid is a disciplined, focused and visionary leader and I love him (Red faces as Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid's morning spot check finds empty desks, August 29). He naturally expects these qualities in his employees.

Jeanine Alexis Krause, Dubai

Sheikh Mohammed did the same thing some years ago at Dubai courts and found the chairs empty as well.

I appreciate his ethics.

Rosemary Turlik, Dubai

If the premier of each state in Australia were to conduct a lightning inspection, it would reveal the same.

Dominic Serafino, Dubai

He is an exceptional ruler. Some world leaders should learn from him.

Olivier Ghattas, Dubai

I have conducted workshops in the GCC on business and work ethics. I think public-sector employees are the main problem. Stronger performance management is needed in this sector.

Neil Fogarty, Dubai

It’s really inspiring that Sheikh Mohammed took time to visit the airport to greet officials, visitors and employees alike. This is really impressive and I don’t think many heads of state take the time to do the same.

Tanya Milbourne, Dubai

Keep your budget in mind

It's a choice to put your child in a school that costs Dh150,000 per year (Parents struggling to keep up with UAE school fees, August 28). There are many good schools that do not cost as much yet provide a good education. As a rule of thumb, parents shouldn't put their children in schools that they wouldn't be able to afford without an allowance.

Hibba S El-atar, Abu Dhabi

I have the simple solution to this problem – I have sent both my sons to India. Although they visit us every month, I still save lot.

Mohib Ul Haque, Dubai

Education can curb child abuse

The news Most child abuse cases involve violence by fathers: Dubai centre (August 17) is shocking.

There are now strict laws in place regarding this, including the ability of the authorities to remove a child from a home. But this should be the last resort.

One reason is that often there aren’t many better places for children to go. A similar law exists in many other countries. But social workers have to scramble to find homes for children they’ve removed, many of whom are suffering from trauma.

The only way to stop this phenomenon is through education and cooperation.

In keeping our eyes open and speaking out about abuse when it happens, there are things that the rest of us can do.

Petrina Peyang, Abu Dhabi

In praise of Lotus cookies

In reference to the story The meteoric rise of the Lotus cookie in the UAE (August 29), Lotus is a mass-market brand. There are many much better speculoos available. And not only in Belgium, but in the Netherlands and Germany as well.

Wiltrud Matthes, Dubai

It’s one of those trends. It’s definitely not the best.

Gianmaria Vidale, Dubai

Child protection our responsibility

It's good to know that child-protection specialists can intervene when a child's health, physical or psychological, is threatened (UAE law grants child rights officer power to take child away from abusive home, August 28). We are all responsible for the protection of the innocent and vulnerable souls in a society. It is important that the law allows members of society to protect children.

Christina Toebast, Abu Dhabi