Learning mathematical facts and contents is important but is not enough. Students should learn how to use these facts to develop their thinking skills and solve problems. Mathematics educators have accepted the idea that that the development of problem solving ability deserves special attention [2 ] and that one of the most important components in any mathematics curriculum or program is genuine mathematical problem solving . If well facilitated, mathematical problem solving may help students
develop and improve the generic ability to solve real life problems, 
develop critical thinking skills and reasoning, 
gain deep understanding of concepts, [8 ]
work in groups, interact with and help each other.
Most of the mathematics textbooks suggest few types of problems as examples with detailed solutions and then suggest similar problems as exercises. Studentsí learning is limited if only routine problems are solved. The problems used to create genuine learning opportunities should be of the challenging type and not only those similar to ones already solved in the past.
Mathematical problem solving is a process that involves a set of factors and tasks to achieve a defined goal. It depends on many skills and factors which therefore makes it challenging both to learn and to teach. If the instructorís understanding of the process is limited, difficulties in teaching mathematical problem solving, will arise. Hence the great need to understand these factors and skills if we want to help our students acquire this important process.
In this paper, I am addressing issues and concerns related to mathematical problem solving. However, much of what is said in this paper may be applied to any problem solving of the quantitative type such as those encountered in physics, chemistry, Business and Engineering. Our students, at the UAE University, have difficulties in mathematical problem solving and we need to be aware of it. I believe that we need to address this issue and discuss it if we want to improve the teaching of quantitative problem solving which will greatly improve our studentsí thinking skills and problem solving abilities in general. My purpose here is to present some of these issues in order to stimulate discussions. Suggestions on how to facilitate certain aspects of mathematical problem solving, as I apply them in my classes, are also presented.