Readers disagree whether Egypt's military is a roadblock or a guarantor of secularism. Odd Andersen / AFP
Readers disagree whether Egypt's military is a roadblock or a guarantor of secularism. Odd Andersen / AFP

Parking system aimed to bring more spaces

This is an official response to Peter Hellyer's article High-tech gadgetry can be bad for your blood pressure (October 11). Abu Dhabi's parking control and management system is intended to ensure maximum use of road spaces for pedestrians, cyclists as well as moving and stationary vehicles.

The introduction of the system in October 2009 has led to improving road safety, eliminating illegal parking activities, improving traffic flow particularly in inner sector roads and significantly increasing the availability of spaces for use by residents, businesses and visitors.

In most cases, the lack of adequate parking was caused by the fact that many businesses and individuals had used the public roads as storage for their vehicles. The road space is designed for moving vehicles and in certain locations for short- or long-term parking.

Abu Dhabi's paid-parking scheme focuses on resolving the unacceptable and inconsiderate parking behaviour, improving road safety and eliminating congestion often caused by irresponsible parking behaviour.

In locations that currently do not experience parking problems, the aim is to prevent the occupation of those parking spaces at the expense of residents and visitors.

The fees were designed to deter illegal and irresponsible parking behaviour; this has been very effective in gaining and maintaining high compliance with parking regulations.

Mawaqif has increased spaces available for public use by constructing additional surface parking in sectors where land is available, utilising road widths while considering road safety standards and re-routing inner sector roads' traffic flow. In Khalidiya, for example, the company added 1,500 parking spaces and increased available spaces to 5,025.

Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi

Egypt's generals have unclear role

The point Faisal Al Yafai made in his opinion article A revolution rolls on, leaving Egypt's old guard irrelevant (November 29) was very important. The army now runs Egypt and wants to continue running it. It is only a government of the people that can stop them. Too many people have been hurt in Tahrir Square and they are only calling for their legitimate rights.

It is time for Egypt to move on from army rule.

Jeffrey Heal, Cairo

I want to disagree with the article. We have to look at the particular conditions of each country and the conditions in Egypt today are not like other Arab countries.

The army has an important role to play in keeping liberal Egyptians from being overwhelmed by more radical parties.

If the army leaves and a civilian government takes over, that government will be made up mainly of the Muslim Brotherhood.

This would be a disaster for Egypt. It is only the army that can guarantee that will not happen.

Mustafa Ezzat, Dubai

Honour killing not an Islamic issue

I found the headline on Muslim 'honour' attacks in Britain called 'shocking' (December 4) sensationalist. In Islam, there is no such concept. It is more of a cultural phenomenon. It is a clear problem in some communities but the problem cannot be linked to Islam.

In the Indo-Pak subcontinent, this is a cultural phenomenon. It is found among Hindus and Sikhs as well. To highlight it as a Muslim problem is a bit unfair.

Linking so-called "honour" killings to Islam is a bald claim that should have been avoided.

It would have been more fruitful if an Islamic scholar provided proofs (from the various religious texts, etc) against such acts and thus people can be educated in this regard.

Hassan Mallu, Abu Dhabi

Drinking at work illegal everywhere

No drunken behaviour in classroom or any other work place would be acceptable in Europe (Teacher under investigation for drunkenness, November 29). So why did this teacher feel she didn't have to obey the law of the land? Name withheld by request

Child bride stories harm reputation

I refer to the article Popular Turkish soap opera tackles issue of child brides (December 4).

The story of an underage girl from a poor family in Anatolia who is married off to a 70-year-old man is child abuse, sex slavery and human trafficking in the 21st century.

It made me sad and angry. How can a human being not express herself and act according to her own will?

Turkey tries to be a member of European Union but it shows that it is not qualified and has a long way to go before being a part of Europe. Maybe it will never be.

Jin Smith, Abu Dhabi

Recent winners

2002 Giselle Khoury (Colombia)

2004 Nathalie Nasralla (France)

2005 Catherine Abboud (Oceania)

2007 Grace Bijjani  (Mexico)

2008 Carina El-Keddissi (Brazil)

2009 Sara Mansour (Brazil)

2010 Daniella Rahme (Australia)

2011 Maria Farah (Canada)

2012 Cynthia Moukarzel (Kuwait)

2013 Layla Yarak (Australia)              

2014 Lia Saad  (UAE)

2015 Cynthia Farah (Australia)

2016 Yosmely Massaad (Venezuela)

2017 Dima Safi (Ivory Coast)

2018 Rachel Younan (Australia)

The specs: 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

Price, base: Dh399,999
Engine: Supercharged 6.2-litre V8
Gearbox: Eight-speed automatic
Power: 707hp @ 6,000rpm
Torque: 875Nm @ 4,800rpm
Fuel economy, combined: 16.8L / 100km (estimate)

Company Profile

Company name: Cargoz
Date started: January 2022
Founders: Premlal Pullisserry and Lijo Antony
Based: Dubai
Number of staff: 30
Investment stage: Seed


Director: Nayla Al Khaja

Starring: Jefferson Hall, Faten Ahmed, Noura Alabed, Saud Alzarooni

Rating: 3.5/5

The specs

Price: From Dh529,000

Engine: 5-litre V8

Transmission: Eight-speed auto

Power: 520hp

Torque: 625Nm

Fuel economy, combined: 12.8L/100km

Company profile

Name: Yabi by Souqalmal 

Started: May 2022, launched June 2023

Founder: Ambareen Musa

Based: Dubai 

Sector: FinTech 

Initial investment: undisclosed but soon to be announced 

Number of staff: 12 

Investment stage: seed  

Investors: Shuaa Capital

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This article is part of a guide on where to live in the UAE. Our reporters will profile some of the country’s most desirable districts, provide an estimate of rental prices and introduce you to some of the residents who call each area home. 

If you go

There are regular flights from Dubai to Addis Ababa with Ethiopian Airlines with return fares from Dh1,700. Nashulai Journeys offers tailormade and ready made trips in Africa while Tesfa Tours has a number of different community trekking tours throughout northern Ethiopia. The Ben Abeba Lodge has rooms from Dh228, and champions a programme of re-forestation in the surrounding area.

UAE athletes heading to Paris 2024

Abdullah Humaid Al Muhairi, Abdullah Al Marri, Omar Al Marzooqi, Salem Al Suwaidi, and Ali Al Karbi (four to be selected).

Men: Narmandakh Bayanmunkh (66kg), Nugzari Tatalashvili (81kg), Aram Grigorian (90kg), Dzhafar Kostoev (100kg), Magomedomar Magomedomarov (+100kg); women's Khorloodoi Bishrelt (52kg).

Safia Al Sayegh (women's road race).

Men: Yousef Rashid Al Matroushi (100m freestyle); women: Maha Abdullah Al Shehi (200m freestyle).

Maryam Mohammed Al Farsi (women's 100 metres).

About Seez

Company name/date started: Seez, set up in September 2015 and the app was released in August 2017  

Founder/CEO name(s): Tarek Kabrit, co-founder and chief executive, and Andrew Kabrit, co-founder and chief operating officer

Based in: Dubai, with operations also in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Lebanon 

Sector:  Search engine for car buying, selling and leasing

Size: (employees/revenue): 11; undisclosed

Stage of funding: $1.8 million in seed funding; followed by another $1.5m bridge round - in the process of closing Series A 

Investors: Wamda Capital, B&Y and Phoenician Funds 

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