When will people learn about safety?

A reader expresses awe at the blatant violation of safety regulations by companies. Other topics: UAE, maids, revolution Rolling Stones, photography

A reader expresses shock at some employers’ disregard for safety regulations. Courtesy Ramesh Menon
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Pictures speak a thousand words, they say. If you look at the photo I took, you will know how some companies jeopardise the lives of their employees.

It was shocking. Can we care less about human lives?

Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi

Countless people have reasons to thank the UAE

I refer to the article Indian labourers see rewards of life in UAE back at home (February 24). The UAE is an amazing country which embraces every one, irrespective of their religion, nationality and creed, with open arms.

The country not only helps hundreds of thousands of people to build their lives back home and take care of their families, but it gives so many people a new lease on life within its territory. And when it comes to getting back what you give, there is no better example than the UAE. It’s so wealthy and can hold its head high largely because it gives to others with an open heart.

There are countless people all over the world who are ever grateful to the UAE for what they have got from the country.

Abbas Naqvi, Ras Al Khaimah

Festival showcased UAE’s strengths

The Qasr Al Hosn festival was a great experience for me (Qasr Al Hosn Cavalia debut a roaring success, February 23).

We went on Saturday to Qasr Al Hosn and fell so much in love with this truly amazing and superbly organised event.

It was so exquisitely set up, with so much to do and see, to learn and enjoy.

As for the Cavalia show, I had tears in my eyes when I saw it. The beauty and enormous attention to details to show UAE’s history, (pearlfishing and Emirati tunes played by musicians behind the curtains), and the strength of the horses and riders, acrobats and everyone involved, was mind boggling. It was an event we shall never forget.

It was so stunning that we are still talking about it. Probably we will go to see the show again this week.

As always, UAE, you simply are the best, you never do anything by half.

Brigitte von Bulow, Abu Dhabi

Does revolution solve problems?

The Arabic News Digest item, The Arabs struggle to resist a good conspiracy theory (February 23), points out what has been happening in the region for the past several years.

In fact, I could not see anything in the revolution. Instead, traditional beliefs and principles are on the verge of extinction. Many leaders of the region have disappeared, and along with them they seem to have taken all of our values and ethics. Revolutions often destroy what people create over decades, not to speak of the loss of innocent lives.

The problem is that the root cause of revolution remains open for a long time, thus leading to fresh conflicts of ideology and thinking.

The so-called conspiracy theories are very much part of every fight in which both sides gain, but in different ways. It’s right that “conspiracy theories are a comfortable pillow for those who want to justify their failure or inability”. The truth is, when there is a will there is always a way and nothing could stand in our way if we decide to make something happen.

Ramachandran Nair, Oman

Rolling Stones continue to shine

In July 1964, aged 16, I was at a girls’ boarding school in England. Our music master took us to London for the BBC radio recording of the Joe Loss Pop Show. The Rolling Stones were the star guests that week.

We were not allowed to shout, scream or applaud until a “clap” sign was shown after each of the six songs. It was magical then and true perfection on Friday, 50 years later.

Judi Ashcroft, Dubai

Pictures prove skills of photographer

The pictures of Dubai taken by Daniel Cheong that I saw in the blogpost Daniel Cheong: capturing the majesty of Dubai's architecture (February 15), are really amazing. It seems to me that the Dubai I see and the Dubai presented in those photographs are entirely different. These pictures show the level of skills Cheong has: he knows how and when to take a picture. These are the most important things in photography. For me, Cheong is a master photographer.

Rajkumar, Dubai