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Quake-proof Buildings are a Must for UAE

Riyasbabu / 28 October 2008

DUBAI - Earthquake proof buildings are a must as the UAE is located close to the danger zone, an expert said.

“UAE is located near Iran which is an earthquake prone zone. Hence it is important to ensure the buildings are safe to avoid destruction,” Michael Elmquist, senior advisor, Danish Emergency Management, told Khaleej Times on the sidelines of a National Security Summit which kicked off at Shangri-La Hotel on Monday.

The summit organised by the International Quality & Productivity Centre (IQPC) will conclude today.

Elmquist, who delivered a speech on enhancing national security infrastructure to achieve effective response to disasters said: “Each country should have contingency plans to face the natural calamities and it should be created based on the data available.”

“The UAE has a large number of high-rise buildings. Taking precaution by building the right infrastructure to face natural calamities is important. It will save money and avoid tragic events,” added Elmquist.

Elmquist pointed out that the contingency plan of Denmark to face of natural calamities and possible terrorist attacks, as a good example to follow.

National security is a timely and critical issue to a region whose infrastructure is a vital component of the global supply chain, said John A. McCarthy, director of Critical National Infrastructure Authority (CNIA) while addressing delegates.

“The UAE, as well as the other GCC countries, have been visionaries in their approach addressing the very real and complex threats to vital infrastructure and borders including terrorism, crime, natural disasters and damage to the environment,” said McCarthy.

McCarthy said: “The UAE is planning for more infrastructure security measures to safeguard civilian targets like the communication systems, transportation and other major developments.

“The UAE has already developed an infrastructure for security for oil and gas fields and desalination and power generating plants. Now we are constantly evaluating the regional issues,” said McCarthy.
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