Dubai has potential to lead world towards a 'disaster-resilient society'
UNDRR's Arab States office chief says Dubai's technological innovation gives it potential to encourage future-proofing
Dubai Police held a two-day workshop at Dubai Police Officers Club on 2-3 September, named Making Dubai Resilient, in association with United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction’s (UNDRR) regional office for Arab States to build and enhance awareness within more than 22 Dubai Government stakeholders working on disaster risk reduction at the local level.
The event was inaugurated by Dubai Police’s assistant commander-in-chief for operation, Maj Gen Mohammed Said Al Zafeen.
The workshop provided an overview of the 10 essentials needed developing cities that are resilient against crises of all types.
Dubai, with its technological innovation and rapid development, has the potential of leading the way towards a disaster-resilient society.
Making Cities Resilient is a UNDRR programme with a worldwide-focus and is linked with its global frameworks, including Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, Paris Agreement, and UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Addressing the audience, Al Zafeen said: "Not only has Dubai employed the latest systems and applications, but it has also attracted top expertise in the world to emphasise the importance of facing various types of crises and disasters effectively.”
According to UAE state news agency, Wam, UNDRR’s Arab States office chief, Sujit Mohanty, added: “I laud the Dubai Government, which took a leadership role in convening and working towards the critical subject of the resilience of cities.
"Cities are economic development hubs that are critical for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Dubai, with its technological innovation and rapid development, has the potential of leading the way towards a disaster-resilient society.”
Zafeen said during his opening speech at the workshop that Dubai Resilience Programme aimed to enhance the city’s capacity to cope with and contain all risks from crises and disasters, with a focus on preserving human life, property, and the environment.
Dubai Resilience Programme is also driven to enhance Dubai’s effectiveness in managing recovery procedures through a timely and participatory approach involving all vital sectors.