Pact aims to enhance security measures at Dubai airports

Al Maktoum International Airport

By Amira Agarib

In an effort to enhance safety and security at the Dubai international airports, the Dubai Police and Dubai Airports signed a memorandum of understanding and cooperation agreement on Sunday.

Al Maktoum International AirportShaikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of the Department of Civil Aviation, and Lt-Gen. Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Commander In-Chief of the Dubai Police, signed the agreement which aims at the implementation of high standard measures to ensure smooth and flexible work of the airports.

Shaikh Ahmed said the agreement aimed at enhancing the security measures at the airport and to make the Dubai International Airports the best at world level .

He said that safety and security is top priority for the Dubai Airports and the success achieved by the airports is the result of cooperation between different authorities and strategic partners to accomplish the vision of Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

He praised the professionalism shown by the Dubai Police and police officials at the airport, and the cooperation between the General Department of Airport Security of the Dubai Police and airport authorities. He added that the agreement will enhance the relation to ensure quality standards in terms of safety and security.

He said that the memorandum will help meeting the expansion requirements at the airports, especially at the time of the opening of the first phase of Al Maktoum Airport and the number passengers is estimated to rise up to 98 million by 2020.

Lt-Gen. Dhahi Khalfan confirmed that the memorandum of understanding will enhance the relation between the establishments. He opined that the agreement will also help airline industries balance between security achievement and smooth functioning.

He lauded the capabilities of the Dubai Police to exert efforts to keep pace with the standard growth of the airports in terms of passengers and cargo. Dhahi Khalfan noted that aviation security has become a foremost priority and the growth of whole civil aviation industry is based on providing safe and secure travel.

Mohammed bin Thani, Director of General Department of Airport Security, said that the agreement will pave way to future joint activities aimed at furthering the industry’s excellent record in security.

Pilot Saeed Ahmed Al Rahoomi, Director of Surveillance Security at the Dubai International Airport, said that the cameras at the airport keep records for one month to enable high standard of security. The Dubai Airports is provided with 3,200 surveillance cameras that monitor internal halls and outer airport areas to ensure security and safety in addition to other cameras which monitor the equipment.