EVEN though we do not desire to, we have to unwillingly do with our (international) airport, which is the worst not only in the region but the entire world.
To know this one has to just look at the pictures of the new Bangladesh airport and the airports of Shanghai, New Delhi and Cairo which the amateur website users have posted on social networking websites.
We are unfortunate because we have been too sentimental about our historical airport — or our museum — which was built during the last century.
To add insult to injury, our intrepid officials at the Directorate-General of Civil Aviation had not made any alternative arrangement or had emergency plans to contain the power outage at the airport last Monday, either from the security or the touristic point of view.
Frankly speaking, I fail to understand what hinders the construction of a new or even a temporary airport. Is it the Central Tenders Committee, the Ministry of Public Works or the State Audit Bureau?
Last week, I went to pay condolences to a friend who lives in Maidan Hawally. When I left his place via the Baghdad Street roundabout opposite former Abdullah Al-Salem School, I was amazed to see this magnificent piece of architecture, a splendid cultural center built in record time by the Amiri Diwan.
I thought for myself, why the Amiri Diwan does not undertake to build our temporary and permanent airports instead of us relying on the Ministry of Public Works which has more than once proved that it is unreliable.
While this thought was playing on my mind, the front tire of my car scraped off the extra four centimeters of the new manhole built by the Ministry of Public Works along the roundabout and the tire gave way — because the job done by the ministry was shabby.
I had to call for road assistance since I am not good at changing tires and had not done it for the past thirty years. A specialist from the car agency recommended that I should change all the tires and it cost me over 500 dinars.
I deplore the Ministry of Public Works because not only the projects which are expect to be completed in time do not see the light of day, but even the maintenance work is full of defects.
By Ali Ahmed Al-Baghli – Former Minister of Oil