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News that the capital will be expanding its bus services in Abu Dhabi is welcome (30 more buses, six new routes, December 21) but I hope transportation planners apply even more fixes to the system.

The expansion of bus services is welcome, but more could be done, a reader says. Fatima Al Marzouqi / The National
The expansion of bus services is welcome, but more could be done, a reader says. Fatima Al Marzouqi / The National

For instance, bus riders going to Musaffah from Dubai must first come into Abu Dhabi. That takes two hours. They then must take bus No 100 to reach Musaffah, which takes 20 to 30 minutes. Better would be a direct bus from Shahama to Mohammed Bin Zayed City, or even direct buses from Dubai.

I also have a few more suggestions for improving the Abu Dhabi bus station. It is such a huge place but it has a very small prayer room, and only one cafeteria serving tea.

I am sure with a little effort it could be properly overhauled. People might be more inclined to take the bus if the arrival and departure halls were more welcoming.

Nazia Mahmood, Dubai

Difficult days for residents’ rights

The news article Dh800,000 or your aircon stays off, flat owners told (December 22) is troubling for many reasons.

What this move suggests is that it is dangerous to invest in immovable properties in Dubai, when the laws are just evolving and the situation is monopolistic and there is a tendency to exploit.

People who buy homes anywhere are following the dream of ownership. But all too often it seems that owners here get nightmares instead. Is ownership worth it? It’s a fair question given that the laws at present would certainly make most people think twice about buying property.

KB Vijayakumar, Dubai

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