Rude taxi drivers

I want to complain about the Al Khan Bridge exit in Sharjah towards Dubai. Drivers who obey the rules wait in long queues to exit but some drivers, who think they are really smart, cut into the lane right next to the exit. It is not only private car owners who do this but also taxi drivers. They are supposed to be ambassadors of the country on the roads but they are the ones who violate the traffic rules the most. I would like to raise this issue with the concerned authorities, so that they penalise such drivers. These drivers are ruining the efforts of the transport authorities towards better and safer roads in the UAE. I won’t say all, but most taxi drivers are very rude and arrogant. Their attitude reflects in the way they drive. Strict punishment and fines should be given to drivers who violate the traffic rules and regulations.

From Mr Ajeet Kumar S. Pillai


No roads

I reside in Hessa Tower, Al Nahda 1, Dubai. I would like to raise an issue we face on a daily basis due to lack of proper roads and street lights. Every day, we have to drive through uneven and rough roads strewn with pebbles. It not only makes our drive uncomfortable, it also damages the car and makes it difficult for pedestrians in the area. Lack of street lights makes the problem worse. The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) have built proper roads in front of most buildings but there are no levelled roads behind the buildings, which is the only way to enter the buildings and the parking area. As a resident of Dubai, which is setting high standards of living, I would urge the authorities to take action.

From Mr Mazhar Ali


The poverty issue

As a citizen of India, I feel very sad that the critical issue of poverty and the necessary criteria for fixing the poverty line is being mocked by the Planning Commission and the Indian government. The per capita expenditure is fixed to a negligible amount by the commission in rural and urban areas just for fulfilment of official formalities. By explaining the national poverty line with a negligible amount of Rs50-60 (Dh3-4) from rural to urban area is neither going to eradicate poverty, nor is it going to make the lives of the poor easier. India is a country with one of the highest populations and I read that about 70 per cent of its people live in remote areas. Scores of poor people can be seen in metros, big cities and urban areas even after many self-proclaimed reforms of the Indian government. Fixing the poverty line by giving this amount is not solving any issues of the poor. The decision might look good in the media but it does not help anybody. Millions of Indians go to bed without one proper meal a day and the percentage of children with malnutrition is increasing at an alarming rate. The country’s government and planning commission must take the issue of poverty more seriously than just completing routine paper work and setting up agencies to help solve the problem. Unless the gap between the rich and the poor of the country decreases, India will not develop. Poverty is the most dangerous issue for India’s democratic setup and it needs to be dealt with efficiently.

From Mr Mohammad Mudassir Alam

Bihar, India

Well done

I want to spare some words of courtesy for our little sister Malala Yousafzai. We are proud of her. She has won many hearts around the world. She has actually managed to create awareness about her goal - education for the girl child. Girls have started coming out from the kitchen. It is apt that she said “one book and one pen can change the world”. It is also true that without education we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously. The voice of a little girl has made a difference and she has become a strong women’s rights activist. She has become a shining star for Pakistan and has broadened the vision of millions of people around the globe. I want to tell Yousafzai that she should continue to be bold and have courage because the world is with her. Arise, awake and don’t stop till the goal is achieved. She deserves to be recommended and win the Nobel Peace Prize.

From Mr P. Justin Antony


Great service

My complaint with the Dubai Municipality against the excessive noise caused by a contracting company, whose workers work through the night, was acted upon almost immediately. The spokesperson at the Dubai Municipality call centre was extremely polite and apologetic about the problem. Instances like this are what makes Dubai one of the best cities to live in. I want to thank the concerned authorities for great service.

From Mr Firdos Abdeali Poonawala



Waste recycling is becoming increasingly popular worldwide. Here in Dubai, it should be considered seriously because it can be very profitable. Both residential and commercial waste contain significant amounts of raw materials that could be salvaged, sold, reprocessed and then recycled. This involves various forms of metal and paper products. Recycling would certainly diminish the pressure of disposal on our landfills. At the same time it is an environmentally conscious way to deal with our personal and commercial waste.

From Dr Mousa Kazim


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