Dubai Po­lice con­duct mock drill

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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.

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