A foundation of defence

A foundation of defence
The UAE is dedicated to protect lives, business and property.

Safe, secure and reliable are keywords when describing the landscape of the UAE



by

Farhana Chowdhury

Published: Sun 30 Dec 2018, 8:45 AM

Last updated: Mon 31 Dec 2018, 11:02 AM

The UAE is at the top of the world in terms of security - be it in the form of precautions, prevention, protection and solutions. The Global Peace Index, published by the Institute of Economics and Peace, set the UAE as the second most peaceful country in the Middle East, after Kuwait.

Caught in a web?
The UAE strives to implement security measures on various platforms - one of the latest being the Cyber Law that regulates activities on the Internet and social media. The initiative is set in place to curb cybercrime, misconduct and abuse that take place via smartphones and personal computers. Authorities are equipped with the latest technology and state-of-the-art devices to monitor and track incidents in real-time to ensure that residents are protected in the virtual world, just efficiently as in the real world.

Goodbye holiday woes
As summer and winter seasons are a popular time for school holidays, families often plan trips to their home countries or abroad. The country's police force has adopted several campaigns to ensure residents a peace of mind when jetting off to destinations of their choice. Besides patrolling various neighbourhoods, the campaign lists out a memo for residents to make sure they cover the basics - from locking doors and windows, to turning off electric appliances. Dubai residents who live in villas can even sign up for the Home Security Service on the Dubai Police website for free!

Extinguishing flames
The updated UAE Fire and Life Safety Code of Practice, revealed by the Dubai Civil Defence in the 2017 covered more aspects of protection from flame-related damage. Among these include the involvement of stakeholders to take responsibility starting from the skeletal structures of buildings, designing accessibility for The Determined Ones, and the development and adoption of cladding to prevent major disasters.
These are just a few among many achievements of the UAE that demonstrates its dedication to protect lives, business and property.

A safe haven
The UAE has been ranked as the second safest country in the world, beating popular holiday destinations like France, Italy, Singapore, the US and Thailand. The country is ranked second only to Iceland when it comes to lowest risk of crime, according to UK-based Which? Travel magazine. In fact, both the UAE and Iceland have been given a score of 6.6 by the magazine.
Which? Travel ranked 20 countries based on data produced by the World Economic Fund (for crime rates), the World Risk Report (for likelihood of major natural disasters), the NHS Fit for Travel website (for health risks), and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's (FCO) assessment of terrorism risk levels.
"Of the 20 holiday destinations that we looked at, Iceland, unsurprisingly, came out as the safest country," the magazine said. "The UAE and Singapore were also considered extremely safe, with Spain the next safest of the six popular European holiday destinations that we looked at."

-farhana@khaleejtimes.com


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