Parking in Media City has become a living nightmare (‘Tecom paid parking system fully operational,’ Gulf News, April 29). My coffee jar bank ran out last week, my phone credit needs topping up constantly and it’s costing me over Dh100 a week. I am in need of help and I can’t stop crying.
From Mr Yousuf
Nowhere to park
I work for a company with 138 employees in Dubai International City. We were issued a total of 16 parking permits. Please do the math on that. Everyone else has to pay for nine hours of parking per day, which they wouldn’t mind, but there is a fight for parking spaces every morning.
From Ms Shaikha
Seasonal parking cards
Everyone is ready to pay the parking fees, but the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) have to come up with a seasonal parking card system for this zone at least. The Tecom area is a full-time, working class area. Anyone who pays for a parking ticket has to concentrate on the expiry time. At the end of the day their concentration at work will be lost. I hope the RTA thinks about this and introduces seasonal parking cards for this area.
From Mr Shabu
The Municipality and the RTA are fixated on reducing traffic, but while old and cheap cars are available to buy and parking is ‘relatively’ cheap, people will not be discouraged from using their vehicles. RTA must invest in a more comprehensive bus service, particularly from Dubailand areas up into town, and implement ‘park and ride’ schemes. I would gladly use the scheme if it were available.
From a Reader
It’s very unfortunate that private investors in Sudan take advantage of the poor population and exploit them in these mines for their own benefit (‘Sneak peek into Sudan’s Wad Bushara gold mine,’ Gulf News, April 29). Governments should not allow this.
From Mr Kane Ohulo
Pakistan has always been famous for its outstanding bowling line in cricket. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) really did a good job by hiring great legend Wasim Akram to find the best talent.
From Mr Yasir
[FOLLOWING LETTERS TO GO IN A BOX]
Nothing to do with it
Why does this report have to mention Al Qaida and other things, just because Abbottabad is mentioned (‘Abbottabad boy Ahmad Jamal is Pakistan’s ‘king of speed,’’ Gulf News, April 30)? Newspapers need to make sure to not mix other issues in with a sports report. On another note, 145km/hr is considered the start line for being a fast bowler. With more training and practice, Jamal might be able to improve his top speed, just like Shoaib Akhtar and Brett Lee.
From Mr Asim
The writer should refrain from expressing prejudice towards any country. In a sports report, where the topic is the speed of the ball, the writer tried his best to defame the bowler and Pakistan by a far-fetched link to Al Qaida. Seriously, we have better expectations from Gulf News.
From Mr Bilal
Full name withheld by request
Political reference in a sports story is simply unnecessary, unprofessional, and at the same time, biased. The writer could also have written ‘Abbottabad, a city famous for its exhilarating landscapes and lush green valley views’ or ‘Abbottabad, home to one of the famous summer mountainous resorts in Pakistan’. The editing team should have taken notice of this news item, as the sport pages should cover only sports news with relevant references.
From Ms Khaula Shahbaz Rao
Editor’s note: Gulf News would like to clarify that the article being referred to by the readers is an international news report from the wire service AFP, which was published without any contextual interpolations. The story on Ahmad Jamal was published to convey the sporting success of the young cricketer. We are a fair and ethical newspaper, which strives to the highest standards of journalistic practices. There was never any intent of malice.
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