Dubai Police conduct mock drill
DUBAI: As per the directions and follow-up of General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, Commander-in-chief of Dubai Police, the Dubai Police, in collaboration with the United Nations Department for Safety and Security, UNDSS, recently carried out a mock drill on receiving 300 evacuated UN workers and their families in case of an emergency situation or unrest.
The drill was based on a special scenario in coordination between the Dubai Police and the UNDSS, after the latter’s choice of Dubai as a safe assembly point for the evacuation of UN workers and their families from ten countries in the Middle East in the event of an emergency or any risk to their lives as a result of an attack.
The drill, which was carried at Dubai International Airport - Terminal 2 - was directed and supervised by Colonel Expert Ahmad Burqibah, Acting Director of Crisis and Disaster Management in the General Department of Operations in Dubai Police, after preparing and approving the proposed scenario to the mock drill.
The drill, which was carried out in the presence of Alexander Bridesy, the United Nations Security Advisor in the United Arab Emirates, with the participation of some United Nations employees and Dubai Police oficers, as well as a number of employees and volunteers from strategic partners working at Dubai airports.
Speaking on behalf of Dubai’s Commander-in-chief, Major General Kamel Butti Al Suwaidi, Director of Dubai Police Operations, praised the high level of professionalism shown by the Dubai Police teams and the strategic partners at Dubai airports during the execution of the drill. He also praised the keenness of the participants to adhere to the plan and the speed of response with the communication and the rapid processing of logistics support for the staff evacuated.
Maj-gen Al Suwaidi also stressed the keenness of the Dubai Police General HQ to apply the best international practices and show the highest levels of professionalism and readiness in dealing with such incidents when necessary. He pointed out that such mock drills contribute to enhancing the ability to deal with incidents professionally and work on points of improvement.
Al Suwaidi appreciated the United Nations’ choice of Dubai as the main assembly point for the evacuation of the organisation’s employees and their families of 11 countries working across the Middle East in case of an emergency, stressing Dubai Police’s willingness to cooperate with the UN in providing logistical support and harnessing all possibilities to deal with similar cases in cooperation with all strategic partners at Dubai Airports.