Call for stringent security assessment

As the Gulf region expands into a major export, re-export and transition hub for goods and people alike, security threats evolve and increase in sophistication and frequency.

The high profile military and security panel of experts participating in the first edition of the ‘Border Control & Airport & Seaport Security’ symposium, asserted that the vast security challenges in the region enforce the highest level of security on national borders and increasingly busy airports and seaports demand constant assessment as well as cross-cutting conglomeration of government authorities and private sector partners.

The two-day function was held under the patronage of Shaikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Public Works and President of the Higher Committee for UAE Civil Seaports and Airports Security, and the UAE Ministry of Defence. Shaikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Shaikh Salem bin Sultan Al Qassimi, political and military leaders and diplomats from the UAE, the Gulf and abroad participated.

Major General Khamis Al Mehrezi, UAE Ministry of Defence, said that modern technologies have recently played a critical role in detecting, defining and tracking threats, and preserving security. “Yet, cooperation on both national and international levels is equally important.

In his presentation on the role of technological developments in strengthening security in national airports, Brigadier Pilot Ahmed Mohammad bin Thani, Director General of the General Department of Airports Security at the Dubai Police, said the airports here are equipped with the latest devices though they differ in traditions and systems.

Saif Al Zoabi, from the Higher Committee for UAE Civil Seaports and Airports Security, said the UAE has become very attractive to big economic and tourist projects and investments.

He went on to say that UAE vision gives a lot of attention to the human element and encourages innovations as well as the use of the best and most modern technology in the area.

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