New Year 2021

NYE 2021: How UAE cops kept New Year celebrations safe

Dhanusha Gokulan (Principal Correspondent)/Dubai Filed on January 1, 2021

Revellers were able to breeze through the traffic, thanks to real-time updates on the authorities’ social media channels.

If you enjoyed safe, orderly New Year’s Eve (NYE) celebrations, it was all thanks to the efforts of the UAE police force. Salute, officers!

Like every year, police departments across the Emirates went all out to manage crowds. On Thursday, however, they had taken on the additional challenge of ensuring that all safety precautions were followed to the letter to prevent the spread of Covid-19 — a task they have been committed to since day one of the pandemic.

For the police, all hands were on deck from the preparations to the big NYE. In Dubai, over 4,000 policemen and 2,000 security patrols hit the streets across 23 locations. Even top officers were on the ground. Right on the day, the Dubai Police Commander-in-Chief Lt-Gen Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri inspected the operations room specifically set up for Downtowm Dubai.

Revellers were able to breeze through the traffic, thanks to real-time updates on the authorities’ social media channels.

Police departments in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, UAQ, and RAK ensured residents were all aware of the safety rules days in advance.

On December 31, the Dubai Police shared several informative videos about road closures, child safety, and social distancing measures. They also posted helpful tips, like where to find lost-and-found tents and first aid clinics at celebration venues.

The Abu Dhabi Police Twitter handle, on the other hand, warned residents about traffic congestions in various major streets in the city’s capital.

In Sharjah, all police stations and operations room were able to receive complaints round the clock and a comprehensive security plan was rolled out.

In Ras Al Khaimah, Maj-Gen Ali Abdullah bin Alwan Al Nuaimi, Commander-in-Chief of the emirate’s police, said their team’s strong coordination greatly contributed to keeping the public safe during the festivities.

Across the country, drones, smart technologies and artificial intelligence allowed the police to monitor crowds and venues and ensured rapid response for any emergency.


Dhanusha Gokulan

Originally from India, Dhanusha Gokulan has been working as a journalist for over ten years. For Khaleej Times, she covers NRI affairs, civil aviation, and immigration issues among other things. She completed her BA in Journalism, Economics and English Literature from Mangalore University in 2008 and is currently pursuing her MA in Leadership and Innovation in Contemporary Media at the American University in Dubai. In her spare time, she dabbles with some singing/songwriting, loves food, and is mom to an over-enthusiastic Labrador retriever. Tweet at her @shootsprintrite.

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