An important initiative

Making health insurance compulsory is a good initiative, but please also check the issues faced by patients (‘Compulsory health insurance in Dubai to begin,’ Gulf News, October 29). The goal should not be only to ensure everyone is insured, but the value and role the coverage plays. Most times I see patients are asked to go and get approval. What’s the purpose of issuing the insurance card if approval is required? If it’s a network coverage issue, then make sure all the cards cover the entire network, as everyone is insured now. Asking a sick patient who cannot move to wait or go get approval is not justified, and it is wrong. I have not had this happen to me, but I have seen many others have this problem.

From Mr Kumar


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Not provided for me!

I work for a security company in the UAE, but I’ve never heard of the company offering health insurance. My company has not provided me with insurance, and I have never used this type of insurance.

I wish to convey this message in the hope that something can be done. I was happy when I read in the newspaper about health insurance enforcement. I pray that my company adheres to it accordingly.

From Mr Khana


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Both genders in all fields

With regards to the story on women signing up for national service, I think this is a necessary (‘UAE female students signing up for national service,’ Gulf News, October 29). Men and women are wheels of a car, which are required at the same time to run properly. Similarly, in daily life, both should work in all fields.

From Mr Taimur Imtiaz


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Preventative measures

May God give strength to the families of the ones killed in this car accident to bear this great pain (‘Two decapitated in Sharjah car crash,’ Gulf News, October 29). Food for thought to avoid these types of situations from happening again - why was the driver driving in the hard shoulder area at a high speed? Where was he that he couldn’t see if something was ahead with headlights on? If the truck’s engine had failed, there should have been proper caution lights, and there must be a requirement to inform authorities in case of vehicle failure.

From Mr Tariq

Abu Dhabi

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Take care on the roads

May all the deceased rest in peace, this accident is yet another eye opener for all the drivers to take care. One doesn’t get a license to drive recklessly and risk your live and the lives of others on the road. Caution was needed from both parties.

From Mr Addy


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Avoid traffic congestion

I believe the heavy vehicle was parked there for some work, but why can’t we change their timings? One more thing I experienced yesterday and makes me think that each and every child should only use school transportation, which would avoid so many unnecessary cars on the road.

From Mr Nitin Daulatani


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Don’t follow these trucks

Those flatbed trucks and recovery trucks can be so poorly designed based on cost savings, that they are fatal to crash into. They are like guillotines ready to decapitate the driver who would be unfortunate enough to crash into the back of one. Avoid following one at all costs.

From Mr Andrew H.

Abu Dhabi

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Please, drive safe!

I pray that their souls rest in peace, and I request everyone to drive safely. It’s very sad to see such young people risking their lives and dying because of such types of carelessness.

From Ms Asiya


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Remembering local journalist

May the patience of Hind Al Yousuf Khalifa to fight with her illness be the means for God to grant her soul entrance to heaven (‘Family and friends salute Hind’s spirit,’ Gulf News, October 29). She was a young journalist fighting a terrible illness. I salute her willpower and her inspirational life left for us and our generations to follow.

From Mr Dawood Syed

Doha, Qatar

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Healthy for world economy

According to media outlets, 25 countries have signed and agreed to develop the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) in Beijing (‘Pakistan finance minister meets Chinese president,’ Gulf News, October 28). The signing ceremony was held in the Chinese capital of Beijing. In the opening ceremony, Chinese President Xi Jinping rightly said that if the countries would like to become rich, they must first improve their infrastructure. Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Qatar have already signed and joined AIIB. The bank will help to improve infrastructure and natural resources in member countries. The bank will also provide money for construction of dams, power plants and sea ports in member countries. It’s headquarters will be established in Beijing and the bank will start working by 2015. Although some political observers see the establishment of AIIB as a confrontation between China and United States, the establishment of AIIB will be helpful to reduce dominance of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in poor Asian countries. Pakistan and several other countries are facing one of the worst power crises they’ve seen, and they need help to improve power generation and infrastructure for economic progress.

From Mr Khawaja Omar Farooq

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Disturbing news

I read some very disturbing news the other day and the headline was a graphic and explicit description of the alleged incest (‘Dubai man accused of raping mother,’ Gulf News, October 28)! On one hand I would appeal to the authorities to give maximum punishment and also request Gulf News to minimise the description of such dastardly acts!

From Mr Syed Arif Zaki


Choosing public transportation

I would like to give my input regarding public transportation in Dubai with the family narrative on taking the bus (‘Taking the bus may bring you good fortune,’ Gulf News, October 29). I personally like using public transport, but the issue here is that once we get off the Metro, taxis are extremely expensive and hard to find, especially at peak hours. Buses are often completely packed and even the Metros are awfully stuffed during peak hours. At interchange stations, people just push you in and out of the train. The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) should seriously consider linking Dubai to Sharjah and Ajman via efficient transportation services. I am sure a lot of people would leave their cars at home, if there was a better option. They should take a look at Singapore’s public transportation system.

From Dr Mumtaz Kawchari


Technology too far

I am very excited about the technology going into commercial aircrafts with the exploration into windowless planes (‘Take a look inside the windowless plane,’ Gulf News, October 29). Thank you to the engineers for the technology, but I feel it is getting too much! We try to relax and get some sleep on flights. I think that the concept is good; however it will disturb a lot of passengers who need rest.

Yes, the screen on our side can be turned off, but what about the one in front of me or the one to my left or right? It will be disturbing for people, and I fear it will make it more difficult for children on a flight to rest. Instead, they will be fully awake, more energetic and enthusiastic to play. If the airline companies decide to adopt such technology, then they should impose rules and timings on when it can be turned on. I’d say that the screens for the in flight entertainment is enough. They should be more focused on airline issues rather than this.

From Mr F. J.


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