Readers say drivers can avoid crowded petrol stations by making plans in advance. Sarah Dea / The National
Readers say drivers can avoid crowded petrol stations by making plans in advance. Sarah Dea / The National

Why would you drive with little fuel in the tank?

I agree with the comments about increasing the number of petrol stations in the emirate of Dubai (We are running on empty, November 18). Fortunately, there are plenty of petrol stations in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain. However, what I can't comprehend is why would you let your tank run so low? There is grit and all sorts of rubbish at the bottom of your tank, which if injected into your engine will eventually destroy it.

Secondly, everybody knows the peak periods at petrol stations are midday, school kick out time and early evening. It’s called planning ahead, logistics and actually caring about your vehicle. People who do this don’t spend vast amounts of time in petrol station queues. If you want your car to last and you value your life as well as other motorists, respect each and everyone as well as your mode of transport.

Name withheld by request

More petrol stations is not the solution. I have been here 32 years and we used to have many fewer petrol stations. It is important that you make sure your tank is always full. That’s the solution.

Susan Shawwa Khalil, Abu Dhabi

Some workers need clearance

I refer to the question raised by a concerned person on why a new employer should ask for a certificate from Dubai Police regarding his behaviour and conduct (Why you need a Good Conduct Certificate from Dubai Police, November 18). I can't speak for all countries, but to get some jobs in the UK a criminal record check is required, which is the same as the Good Conduct Certificate and it's not as cheap as it is here.

Name withheld by request

It’s an international rule. It is needed for some purposes such as immigration and travelling internationally. Embassies ask for this certificate most of the time, so we should be grateful that the police here are providing it within few days. After September 11, it was made compulsory for some nationalities to get this certificate before travelling.

Waqas Amir, Abu Dhabi

As far as I know, it is required for some cases depending on nationality, and it isn’t an international requirement. I never had to get it when travelling.

John Paravalos, Dubai

Higher tariffs will curb wastage

Water is already heavily subsidised, if you consider that we're living in the desert (New utility tariffs for Abu Dhabi residents, November 13).

The careless way in which many people waste valuable resources, I guess there is no other choice than to make it more expensive. In fact, I’m also waiting for fuel prices to triple at least within the next 10 years.

David Krabbe, Abu Dhabi

I am glad that people need to pay more for water use. That is the only way to tackle wastage of water. The moment we need to pay for something, we think twice before using.

Name withheld by request

Animal cruelty has to stop

The law on cruelty to animals has to be enforced (Campaign against cruelty to animals, November 17). No more suffering for animals, and those who think it acceptable to abuse them should be punished harshly.

Emma B, Dubai

Education can curb ignorance

I understand that the issue of sexually transmitted diseases is hardly discussed in this country because of the sensitivity and stigma attached to contracting an STD (It's time for an uncomfortable conversation ... November 10). It's human nature. So educate people to prevent ignorance over treatment and stigma.

Jen Bishop, Abu Dhabi

Obese children need guidance

More parental guidance is needed to check obesity in children (School trousers with a 44-inch waist size, November 18). Parents don't do any favour to their children by allowing them to lead a sedentary lifestyle.

P Jones, Dubai

Illegal shipments intercepted in Gulf region

The Royal Navy raid is the latest in a series of successful interceptions of drugs and arms in the Gulf

May 11: US coastguard recovers $80 million heroin haul from fishing vessel in Gulf of Oman

May 8: US coastguard vessel USCGC Glen Harris seizes heroin and meth worth more than $30 million from a fishing boat

March 2: Anti-tank guided missiles and missile components seized by HMS Lancaster from a small boat travelling from Iran

October 9, 2022: Royal Navy frigate HMS Montrose recovers drugs worth $17.8 million from a dhow in Arabian Sea

September 27, 2022: US Naval Forces Central Command reports a find of 2.4 tonnes of heroin on board fishing boat in Gulf of Oman 

Indoor cricket in a nutshell

Indoor cricket in a nutshell
Indoor Cricket World Cup - Sept 16-20, Insportz, Dubai

16 Indoor cricket matches are 16 overs per side
8 There are eight players per team
9 There have been nine Indoor Cricket World Cups for men. Australia have won every one.
5 Five runs are deducted from the score when a wickets falls
4 Batsmen bat in pairs, facing four overs per partnership

Scoring In indoor cricket, runs are scored by way of both physical and bonus runs. Physical runs are scored by both batsmen completing a run from one crease to the other. Bonus runs are scored when the ball hits a net in different zones, but only when at least one physical run is score.


A Front net, behind the striker and wicketkeeper: 0 runs
B Side nets, between the striker and halfway down the pitch: 1 run
C Side nets between halfway and the bowlers end: 2 runs
D Back net: 4 runs on the bounce, 6 runs on the full


Goalkeepers: Kim Seung-gyu, Jo Hyeon-woo, Song Bum-keun
Defenders: Kim Young-gwon, Kim Min-jae, Jung Seung-hyun, Kim Ju-sung, Kim Ji-soo, Seol Young-woo, Kim Tae-hwan, Lee Ki-je, Kim Jin-su
Midfielders: Park Yong-woo, Hwang In-beom, Hong Hyun-seok, Lee Soon-min, Lee Jae-sung, Lee Kang-in, Son Heung-min (captain), Jeong Woo-yeong, Moon Seon-min, Park Jin-seob, Yang Hyun-jun
Strikers: Hwang Hee-chan, Cho Gue-sung, Oh Hyeon-gyu


Edinburgh: November 4 (unchanged)

Bahrain: November 15 (from September 15); second daily service from January 1

Kuwait: November 15 (from September 16)

Mumbai: January 1 (from October 27)

Ahmedabad: January 1 (from October 27)

Colombo: January 2 (from January 1)

Muscat: March 1 (from December 1)

Lyon: March 1 (from December 1)

Bologna: March 1 (from December 1)

Source: Emirates

yallacompare profile

Date of launch: 2014

Founder: Jon Richards, founder and chief executive; Samer Chebab, co-founder and chief operating officer, and Jonathan Rawlings, co-founder and chief financial officer

Based: Media City, Dubai 

Sector: Financial services

Size: 120 employees

Investors: 2014: $500,000 in a seed round led by Mulverhill Associates; 2015: $3m in Series A funding led by STC Ventures (managed by Iris Capital), Wamda and Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority; 2019: $8m in Series B funding with the same investors as Series A along with Precinct Partners, Saned and Argo Ventures (the VC arm of multinational insurer Argo Group)

'The Batman'

Stars:Robert Pattinson

Director:Matt Reeves

Rating: 5/5


Company name: Revibe
Started: 2022
Founders: Hamza Iraqui and Abdessamad Ben Zakour
Based: UAE
Industry: Refurbished electronics
Funds raised so far: $10m
Investors: Flat6Labs, Resonance and various others

Company Profile

Name: Direct Debit System
Started: Sept 2017
Based: UAE with a subsidiary in the UK
Industry: FinTech
Funding: Undisclosed
Investors: Elaine Jones
Number of employees: 8

Milestones on the road to union


October 26: Bahrain withdraws from a proposal to create a federation of nine with the seven Trucial States and Qatar. 

December: Ahmed Al Suwaidi visits New York to discuss potential UN membership.


March 1:  Alex Douglas Hume, Conservative foreign secretary confirms that Britain will leave the Gulf and “strongly supports” the creation of a Union of Arab Emirates.

July 12: Historic meeting at which Sheikh Zayed and Sheikh Rashid make a binding agreement to create what will become the UAE.

July 18: It is announced that the UAE will be formed from six emirates, with a proposed constitution signed. RAK is not yet part of the agreement.

August 6:  The fifth anniversary of Sheikh Zayed becoming Ruler of Abu Dhabi, with official celebrations deferred until later in the year.

August 15: Bahrain becomes independent.

September 3: Qatar becomes independent.

November 23-25: Meeting with Sheikh Zayed and Sheikh Rashid and senior British officials to fix December 2 as date of creation of the UAE.

November 29:  At 5.30pm Iranian forces seize the Greater and Lesser Tunbs by force.

November 30: Despite  a power sharing agreement, Tehran takes full control of Abu Musa. 

November 31: UK officials visit all six participating Emirates to formally end the Trucial States treaties

December 2: 11am, Dubai. New Supreme Council formally elects Sheikh Zayed as President. Treaty of Friendship signed with the UK. 11.30am. Flag raising ceremony at Union House and Al Manhal Palace in Abu Dhabi witnessed by Sheikh Khalifa, then Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.

December 6: Arab League formally admits the UAE. The first British Ambassador presents his credentials to Sheikh Zayed.

December 9: UAE joins the United Nations.


6.30pm: Emirates Holidays Maiden (TB) Dh 82,500 (Dirt) 1,900m
Winner: Lady Snazz, Richard Mullen (jockey), Satish Seemar (trainer).

7.05pm: Arabian Adventures Maiden (TB) Dh 82,500 (D) 1,200m
Winner: Zhou Storm, Connor Beasley, Ali Rashid Al Raihe.

7.40pm: Emirates Skywards Handicap (TB) Dh 82,500 (D) 1,200m
Winner: Rich And Famous, Royston Ffrench, Salem bin Ghadayer.

8.15pm: Emirates Airline Conditions (TB) Dh 120,000 (D) 1,400m
Winner: Rio Angie, Sam Hitchcock, Doug Watson.

8.50pm: Emirates Sky Cargo (TB) Dh 92,500 (D) 1,400m
Winner: Kinver Edge, Richard Mullen, Satish Seemar.

9.15pm: (TB) Dh 95,000 (D) 2,000m
Winner: Firnas, Xavier Ziani, Salem bin Ghadayer.

Company Profile

Name: HyveGeo
Started: 2023
Founders: Abdulaziz bin Redha, Dr Samsurin Welch, Eva Morales and Dr Harjit Singh
Based: Cambridge and Dubai
Number of employees: 8
Industry: Sustainability & Environment
Funding: $200,000 plus undisclosed grant
Investors: Venture capital and government


Director: Khalid Fahad

Starring: Shaima Al Tayeb, Wafa Muhamad, Hamss Bandar

Rating: 3/5


Director: Wes Ball

Starring: Owen Teague, Freya Allen, Kevin Durand

Rating: 3.5/5

The Little Things

Directed by: John Lee Hancock

Starring: Denzel Washington, Rami Malek, Jared Leto

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