The Dubai Police’s Events Security Committee (ESC) today announced that it is all set to implement a comprehensive security plan to secure the New Year’s Eve festivities across Dubai. The details of the plan were revealed during a meeting chaired by Brigadier Saif Muhair Al Mazroui, Director of Traffic Department at Dubai Police.
Brigadier Al Mazroui, Acting Chairman of the Dubai Police Events Security Committee, said that Dubai Police, in coordination with 40 government and private entities, will work to ensure New Year’s Eve festivities are held smoothly.
“Dubai Police has harnessed all its capabilities, smart technologies and artificial intelligence techniques to provide maximum levels of security and safety for the public during the New Year’s Eve festivities, he said, noting that the New Year’s Eve event has become an important part of Dubai’s annual calendar.
Revealing the details of the security plan, Brigadier Al Mazroui said that more than 4,000 police personnel and 2,000 police patrols will be deployed to enhance security and safety on the day of the festivities. Additionally, there will be more than 2,000 special security personnel and 1,000 volunteers deployed at 200 security points across 23 locations to ensure the safety of visitors, he added.
Brigadier Al Mazroui noted that all field teams are working closely to ensure the effective implementation of the security plan and the safety of the public. He highlighted that the plan aims to secure the smooth flow of traffic movement, ease traffic congestion around areas where the festivities are taking place and reduce traffic jams. It will also help ease the movement of people in line with outlined precautionary measures to combat COVID-19.
Brigadier Al Mazroui urged community members to cooperate with police and abide by traffic instructions to avoid overcrowding. “Visitors are urged to contact Dubai Police on 999 for any emergencies or 901 for non-emergency cases. Otherwise, they can approach the nearest police station for support.”
A number of supply tents will be available in Downtown Dubai to provide lost and found services, as well as first aid and logistic support. The public can access instructions, updates, and any traffic-related information via the hashtag #MyDubaiNewYear, said Brigadier Al Mazroui.
People participating in the festivities have been asked to adhere to precautionary measures, including wearing of face masks, maintaining physical distancing from others and abiding by safety traffic rules. Children and the elderly have been advised not to attend the celebrations.
Members of the community can use Dubai Police’s smart app to access instructions related to the New Year celebrations and find out how they can reach event locations easily. The information will be also available through the Committee’s application and published in the media.
Brigadier Al Mazroui stated that Dubai Police will use artificial intelligence technologies to monitor the public’s temperatures as part of its project Oyoon, which means ‘eye’ in Arabic. The Oyoon project was first introduced by Dubai Police to track down wanted individuals through identifying their faces and analysing their behaviour using AI.
During the meeting, several partners including the Roads and Transport Authority, Dubai Health Authority, the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing in Dubai, Nakheel and Al Futtaim Group shared their plans with the Committee and explained how they will be implementing them.