This is what makes the UAE a great nation (‘Innovate or stagnate: UAE Vice-President’, Gulf News, February 4)! An enlightened, forward-thinking, tolerant leadership with a burning desire to achieve the best for their citizens and their country. The UAE today portrays a most positive face of Islamic values and ideals. Amazingly, these leadership qualities were as much a part of the intrinsic nature of the late Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and the late Shaikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum who laid the amazing foundations for this nation. Today their sons are holding the flag high and taking the country to extraordinary heights. All leaders have contributed to making this one of the most successful and a lasting federation in the Arab world. The UAE and all its inhabitants are indeed blessed! God bless this wise leadership!
From Mr Safdar
This is what people get from a leader with an enlightened, intelligent and visionary personality. His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, is opening the minds of his people and giving them directions that can help people. He is setting an example for them to follow. It was a great message from a great leader.
From Ms Nadeem Sarwar
Not his right
How he can disagree like this if the central government is the main sponsor (‘Kerala CM says no to Mohanlals refund offer’, Gulf News, February 5)? If the Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy wants to play with that, where is the judicial system an answer him? First accept the cheque and everyone who took or benefited can follow Mohanlal as a model. I’m expecting a Commercial Bank International enquiry on the matter.
From Mr Ajith Kumar
Was proper homework done?
This entire gamut of issue brings several things to the public domain. One day a super star said that he organised the program without charging any reward. The very next day he disclosed his willingness to return a reward of Rs16.3 million (Dh969,000) to the state government, on account of the poor performance at the show. Now he says he did not charge anything for his personal appearance. Had he charged anything for the so-called personal appearance, then the public would have gotten an idea as to how much was his celebrity value in terms of money and whether it’s a match with rest of the superstars in the industry. His justifications for the poor performance is also irrelevant as far as an actor is concerned, who knows very well how much importance is on the practice before a stage performance. No organisers will launch their products in poor light without going proper homework. His experience of over three decades in the profession weakened his claims and counter-claims. There is no doubt as an actor he is a veteran, but this incident unequivocally establishes the fact that there are good directors behind every successful actor. What Mohanlal achieved by this performance could make a clear divide among his followers and fans.
From Mr Girish R. Edathitta
This is not Islam
They have absolutely no regard for life - how can burning an innocent human being cause you entry into Heaven (‘Daesh burnt Jordan pilot alive a month ago, Amman says’, Gulf News, February 4)? Islam is not violence, it is a peaceful religion! It is because of Daesh that people in the West misjudge Muslims! I pray to God that he be witness to what has happened and make Daesh fail in every step ahead! Our thoughts and love is with the family of this pilot.
From Mr Mohammad
The burning of the Jordanian pilot was a barbaric act of terrorists, and I don’t think that they have any religion. I give my deepest condolence to the family of lieutenant and to the entire Jordanian people. But, as a people of this planet, we have a right to know how these people are getting weapons and who is morally supporting them. We are not here to read stories of these cruelties and wait for our turns. Does anyone have an answer?
From Mr Tariq
Appreciate international support
As a Jordanian, we appreciate all the support our brothers and sisters from every nation are showing by standing by us. However, please do not spread Daesh’s video of evil. I pray to God to have mercy on Muath Al Kaseasbeh’s soul and to have his vengeance on every last one of these demons who think they are Muslims, while they have nothing to do with Islam.
From Mr Hussain
Where is the UN?
We have a world organisation called the United Nations (UN). The UN is doing nothing on terrorism and simply making condolences on each execution by Daesh. Somebody should take responsibility to remove this cancer from the world to save our children for the future.
From Ms Ann
Time to act
I am absolutely disgusted - these are demons with zero humanity. All this has gone too far. Remember Nazis were a minority once and they were able to turn the whole world upside down. The time to put troops on the ground and for a massive military campaign is now. Time to act fast before it’s too late.
From Mr Hicham
My heartfelt sympathies to the family - I cannot imagine the agony and fear that the pilot suffered at the hands of these beasts. The very thought is frightening and unbearable. To think that we or one of our loved ones could have been in his place is nightmarish. I hope each of these beasts goes through the same agonising suffering and may God gives his family the grace and immense strength to endure this terrible tragedy.
From Ms Michelle Fernandes
Deal with them
Simply punishing the messengers alone won’t be enough. Rather, the masterminds of these organisations must be dealt with immediately. Otherwise, they will keep on recruiting people through their global network. Every country must rewrite and implement a unique law to punish those linked with this group.
From Ms Mariakutty
I don’t understand
One thing I failed to understand is the words “bad weather” for this plane crash (‘Plane with 53 passengers crashes in Taipei,’ Gulf News, February 4). Humanity is well aware of bad weather, and it is nothing new to them. There have been countless times in the past where the weather was bad, but very recently these airline accidents are becoming more frequent than in the past. Although technology is making us safer, the aviation industry has taken a big dive towards being unsafe. Unless there’s something else, than I guess it is just the bad weather?
From Mr Asghar
Next month I am leaving for India and for the last six months, I am hearing about these scary accidents with flights. I really wonder, and I’m a little scared to board a flight now. I must look for some other modes of transportation now.
From Mr Tabrez
Both of the UAE telecom operators deserve a bouquet for their decision to telecast the live cricket matches of the upcoming International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket World Cup 2015 (‘OSN to show ICC Cricket World Cup matches in UAE’, Gulf News, February 4). When thousands of cricket fans are working in the UAE, it will be a golden opportunity for them to witness their favourite players in action. It is a great boon for the expatriates from the sub-continent, most of them like to eat cricket, drink cricket and breathe cricket. They would be grateful to the UAE authorities for providing this entertainment facility at their finger tips.
From Mr Sunny Joseph
To avoid the traffic jams and being nauseated in a vehicle for long hours, people prefer to leave their home every day, two hours before the actual office job begins. There are hundreds of Sharjah residents going through the same misery every morning and evening.
I got a chance to capture the area behind a mall, at the time of prayer. The mall’s lights are not switched on yet, but vehicle lights are flashing and beginning to pile up towards Dubai. Being a long time resident of Sharjah, we have seen the immense transformations from old to new Sharjah. There’s a newly developed waterfront with amusing and pleasing high tech facilities is the latest addition among Sharjah’s other attractions. The government should be kinder to the public and focus on this torturous traffic issue as a priority with construction of more additional bridges and extra diversions. For the time being, we should have a few more traffic signals to ease the traffic.
From Ms Yasmeen Shabnam Qureshi
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