Yellowbox is an Australian technology company that has developed smart locker technology operated through an app with a focus on experience for users and facility managers. Found at Beaches, Aquatic…read more
UAE attractions and venues alert to security threats
In the wake of terrorist incidents in Europe and global concerns about security, managers of attractions and venues in the United Arab Emirates are assessing their own security preparations.
With the UAE aiming to attract 45 million visitors a year by 2021, and with Arabian Gulf nations hostiing a growing number of international sporting events, keeping guests and fans safe is a top priority.
According to Arab Tourism Organisation (ATO) President Bandar Al-Fuhaid over 200 officials from the security and tourism sectors in the Arab region participating in the recent Forum for Tourism Safety in the Saudi Arabian city of Taif.
The inaugural event focussed on best practices in safety and security inside and around tourism sites along with equipment and technologies used to enhance security.
However, with Gulf nations having strong internal security networks to deal with sedition attractions and venues are already overseen by a substantial security presence.
At cricket venues the Dubai Sports City and the Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi spectators enter through airport-style metal detectors and pass their belongings through X-ray scanner, manned by armed Federal Police.
Andrew Haslam, General Manager (Security Services) of Dubai-based security firm ASK International, adds that at the Dubai Sports City "there are hundreds of CCTV cameras."
The Zayed Cricket Stadium is also fitted with a comprehensive surveillance system.
With UAE law enforcement concerned with both security and control at areas of mass gathering, Haslam adds “wherever there is going to be mass gatherings, there will be a robust CCTV system."
With no international cricket team willing to play in Pakistan since the Sri Lankan team bus was attacked in March 2009, the UAE has become Pakistan cricket's home away from home.
However, the UAE’s security appears unlikely to be enough stage a revival of cricket between Pakistan and India.
Planned to be played this month, the Pakistan Government has denied its cricket team the permission to play in India citing security concerns.
The two countries are also unlikely to play in the UAE as proposed by the Pakistan Government as the Indian Government is not expected to give permission for its team to play in the UAE due to its own security concerns.
This is notwithstanding the recent visit to the UAE by Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi, the UAE welcoming almost a million Indian visitors each year and India having historically been Dubai’s largest trading partner.
India last played Pakistan in Adelaide in February during the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup.
Image: Cricket at the Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
20th November 2015 - ISLAMIC STATE JIHADISTS TARGET MAJOR VENUES IN TERROR CAMPAIGN
18th November 2015 - SAFETY AND SECURITY CHALLENGES FOR PROTECTING STADIA AND SPORT VENUES
23rd June 2015 - UAE LEISURE SECTOR TO ATTRACT 45 MILLION VISITORS BY 2021
31st March 2015 - MASSIVE CROWD NUMBERS FOR CRICKET WORLD CUP
7th April 2010 - ABU DHABI TO HOST PAKISTAN TEST MATCHES
24th February 2010 - INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE WILL NOT MOVE
18th February 2010 - AL-QAEDA THREAT TO INDIAN EVENTS
Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?
The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.
However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.
Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.
Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.
Click here to subscribe.
The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.
A leading designer and manufacturer of innovative waterslides and attractions, Australian Waterslides and Leisure (AWL) is also able to advise clients in the areas of concept and design, feasibility…read more
Recreation Management Software for managing all your program registrations, facility bookings, membership pass sales and Point of Sale; including detailed reporting, automated customer communication…read more
SeatGeek is a search engine and mobile-focused ticket marketplace that allows fans to buy and sell tickets for live events. As of August 2018, SeatGeek has exited the Australian, New…read more
Developed in Europe, this innovative system offers a safety management solution for swimming pools that checks individual swimmers via their wristband - monitoring their depth and time. Sensors…read more
INTRODUCTION Abel Sports is Australia’s leading manufacturer and suppliers of Goal Posts, sports ground safety netting systems and coaches boxes for Stadiums ,Sports Clubs, Councils and…read more
iDwala is the Community Sports Surface Specialist offering the highest quality designs and technical expertise to Councils, Schools and Sporting Clubs looking to create sporting…read more
get listed with our suppliers directory
Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!