Letters from the Readers: One reader expresses gratitude to UAE government for support during COVID-19, another shares experience at Expo 2020 Dubai

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Visit Expo 2020 Dubai

After waiting so long, I finally visited Expo 2020 Dubai (“How to Book Expo 2020 Dubai Tickets Online,” Gulf News, July 18). It was a surreal experience for me to see the Al Wasl Dome. As they say, it is an architectural marvel. Al Wasl Plaza’s dome lights up in many colors with beautiful white birds flocking to the dome screens. I got my tickets online because the process on the Expo 2020 Dubai website was relatively easy. My friend and I got ourselves a day pass and quickly realized how little time we had to explore the whole avenue. The site is huge and impressive. However, with almost 200 lodges, it’s virtually impossible to explore them in a day. At first it was overwhelming for us, but we decided to get a six month pass to explore the entire site. I highly recommend visiting the KSA pavilion, the second largest pavilion, next to the UAE pavilion. I can’t wait to explore all the pavilions and events Expo 2020 Dubai has to offer.

Expo 2020 Dubai: a historic milestone

The world’s most fabulous event has started (“Photos: Expo 2020 Dubai Opening Ceremony”, Gulf News, September 30). First of all, congratulations to all the visionary leaders of the UAE. Expo 2020 Dubai is a great opportunity for over 190 countries to showcase their innovation, development, research and technology for a new future. This is undoubtedly another milestone for the United Arab Emirates. The UAE has proven its true potential by taking all necessary precautions to bring down cases of COVID-19. country has shown the world how to deal with the situation. The constant effort, which they took for so many months, has paid off. Finally, I salute the organizers and volunteers of Expo 2020 Dubai who put all their heart into making this event a success.

Gratitude to the United Arab Emirates

I am 15 years old and I study at City School Ajman. I have an 11 year old brother named Mohammed Ayaan who studies at DPS Ajman. I want to share the story of how UAE hospitality saved my family. My father tested positive for COVID-19 on April 4, 2021, and later his condition worsened. His oxygen level fell to 35% and he was rushed to hospital on April 6. He was hospitalized at Khalifa Hospital in Ajman. My father was unconscious in the intensive care unit for 17 days and was then transferred to the hospital center. He was in the room for another 14 days. Fortunately, my father made a full recovery and was finally able to come home. He said how grateful he was to the doctors and staff who helped him recover. When we saw our family doctor, he said my dad received the best treatment. When he was in the hospital, my father received excellent treatments and injections worth 20,000 Dhs. Also, the hospital did not charge us anything for the treatment. We therefore thank the hospital and health authorities in the United Arab Emirates for taking care of its residents. I’m sure no other country can offer such hospitality as the UAE. It was then that I decided that when I grew up I wanted to continue my education in the United Arab Emirates and become a doctor serving the citizens of the United Arab Emirates. So I will do my best to get scholarship in UAE and study medicine in one of the universities in UAE. I want to return the love and care my family received from this country by giving the best of myself in UAE.

Teachers are the greatest assets on Earth

October 5, 2021 was World Teachers’ Day, a day to celebrate teachers. Teachers around the world have done a great job teaching students online during the pandemic. They have been resilient in navigating ways to teach students during the pandemic time. Teachers prepare learners for a dynamic and unknown future. They have a unique skill to discover how people learn at the most basic levels, how learning differs between individuals and cultures. They quickly understand the conditions that best promote academic success. The world will be chaotic, unstructured, dysfunctional and unmanageable without teachers. Very often, teachers also pick up pieces in children when parents abdicate their parenting roles. Teachers have high levels of intellect, including keen emotional intelligence and the ability to quickly master complex issues and relish the challenges of a rapidly changing and ever-changing curriculum. The world should spend two minutes on World Teachers’ Day and applaud the teachers.

By Mr. Handsen Chikowore

The pleasure of writing letters

October 9 is World Post Day. It reminds me of my early days when postal letters and telegrams were the only means of communication. With time and technology, new means of communication like email, fax, SMS, WhatsApp and social media have become popular. People rarely write letters. The volume of personal letters sent has decreased considerably and is limited to official correspondence such as bank bills and utility bills. I always prefer to hold and read a letter. To this day, I make it my duty to write and physically post at least one letter per year. Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, I managed to send New Year’s greetings to my friends and family around the world.

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