Transport Security Department to build 3,225m2 metro test station

Dubai’s RTA, the Transport Security Department, and the UITP will also establish the region's first transport security committee

Dubai’s RTA, the Transport Security Department, and UITP will establish region's first transport security committee
Dubai’s RTA, the Transport Security Department, and UITP will establish region's first transport security committee

The Transport Security Department has revealed plans to build a 300m2 metro test (demo) station that will rise 8m in height, and will aim to train specialist teams on security protocols to improve public transport safety.

The announcement was made on the sidelines of a deal between Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), the Transport Security Department, and the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) to establish the region’s first committee specialised in the security of transport.

The deal was inked by RTA board member and chairman of the Higher Committee of MENA Transport Congress and Exhibition, Mohammed Obaid Al Mulla; the director of the Transport Security Depart-ment in Dubai, Obaid Al Hathboor; and the secretary general of the UITP, Mohamed Mezghani.

Commenting on plans to construct the station, Al Mulla said: “Building this station, will provide practical and simulative training, replicating reality by using artificial intelligence for theoretical and practical training.”

Al Mulla added: “The training includes detecting strange items and handling suspicious items at stations. It will also enable the training of specialist teams on handling suspects in the station and developing tactical plans accordingly. This strategy for qualifying and training of human resources is at part with the highest training standards in preparation for hosting Expo 2020.”

The committee aims to improve the skills of personnel in the transport sector through advanced training programmes that will ensure the highest standards of safety and security on public transport.

Commenting on the need to upgrade the skills of public transport personnel, Al Mulla said: “The agreement is aligned with the vision and ambitions of our government to ensure the safety of public transit means and facilities for the happiness of riders – be it residents, visitors, or tourists. The initiative is part of RTA’s continuous efforts to rank Dubai amongst the top metropolises in various respects, including this vital field.”

Sharing his thoughts on the security initiative, Al Hathboor, said: “It was decided to set up specialist teams for investigating transport security accidents, develop technical standards for the security of transport sector, improve procedures and plans for combating disasters, and share intelligence with the concerned bodies to ensure a pioneering global role in the security of this sector.”

The agreement involves a partnership between the Transport Security Department and the UITP, and endorsing a security training programme in collaboration with the MENA Centre for Transport Excellence in Dubai.

It will be the first programme of its kind in the world for grooming competent security personnel specialised in the security of public transport. The programme seeks to train individuals at various levels and realises the vision of Transport Security Department.

Al Hathboor added: “Dubai is an advanced global model to be emulated in various aspects including public transit means, which serves more than 500 million riders per year, according to RTA statistics. We, in the Transport Security Department, act as an integrated security system working around-the-clock out of our keenness to ensure the safety and security of public transport users. We also seek to raise the standing of Dubai as one of the safest cities in the world.”

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