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UAE Champions Sustainable Energy at UN

posted on 23/05/2015

NEW YORK: The United Arab Emirates announced on Wednesday a wide range of initiatives to accelerate deployment of clean energy at the UN Sustainable Energy for All (SE4A) Forum, notably in support of the UN goal to double the global share of renewable energy by 2030.

The country's actions include major domestic policy reforms, such as the tripling of renewable energy targets in Dubai, as well as initiatives on women's empowerment, new laureates of the Zayed Future Energy Prize, and expansion of the pioneering renewable energy aid programme, which has allocated over $750 million for fellow developing countries since 2013.

"Sustainable energy is a cornerstone of our economic development goals and our foreign policy," said Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State, Chairman of Masdar, and member of the SE4A Advisory Board.

"The UAE is committed to developing and deploying renewable energy, both domestically and internationally, to enhance energy security, ensure sustainable economic development and mitigate climate change. As an economy blessed with rich hydrocarbon resources, we have a responsibility to extend our energy leadership beyond hydrocarbons and to ensure the continued supply of energy to global markets. This is an imperative we are dedicated to achieving with global partners and initiatives such as Sustainable Energy for All," he added.

The UAE highlighted major aid new commitments under the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development's partnership with International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), as well as 11 projects under the $50 million grant UAE-Pacific Partnership Fund.

It also reported on the successful completion of previous commitments, including a major wind farm in the Seychelles, energy access projects in Afghanistan, and a solar plant in Mauritania representing 10% of the country's generation capacity.

"The case for sustainable energy is indisputable, and represents the perfect link among the UN's three summits this year on Financing for Development, the Post-2015 Development Agenda, and COP21," said Lana Nusseibeh, the UAE's Permanent Representative to the UN. "Deployment of renewables and efficiency represents one of the most impactful focus areas for both donors and domestic reform."

In November, the UAE and through its clear policy frameworks set the world record for low-cost solar, at 5.84 US cents per kilowatt/hour, below the cost of even natural gas.

The breakthrough encouraged authorities in Dubai to triple the renewable energy to 15% by 2030, and, in a market-making move, to announce tenders for 1000 MW of solar projects, compared to less than 200 MW of existing renewable capacity in the Gulf region.

The move complements the rapid expansion of Masdar, the UAE's clean energy investment vehicle, into overseas markets as diverse as the UK and Jordan, as well as its introduction of renewables into mainstream thinking with the region's first solar plant in 2009.

During the Forum, Masdar also profiled the new Women in Sustainability, Environment, and Renewable Energy (WiSER) initiative, launched in January at the 30,000-delegate Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week. The initiative provides a highly visible platform for female leaders at major global cleantech and innovation events and focuses attention on bringing more women into the field.

Masdar also announced new laureates of The Zayed Future Energy Prize, the world's preeminent award for clean energy and sustainability at $4 million annually. M-KOPA and Liter of Light, the pioneering energy access companies, addressed the UN audience, alongside students from the Melbourne Girls College (Australia), Zayed Solar Academy (Malawi), and Bronx Design and Construction Academy (US).

Dr. Nawal Al-Hosany, director of sustainability at Masdar and director of the Zayed Future Energy Prize, said, "The Zayed Future Energy Prize has recognised some of the most innovative, visionary leaders in global environmental solutions. The Global High Schools category was introduced as a commitment to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's SE4All initiative. Now in its fourth year, the Global High Schools category provides valuable funding to schools around the world, aiming to accelerate the adoption of clean energy through education".

The UN Sustainable Energy for All initiative aims by 2030 to achieve 100% energy access, bringing power to 1.3 billion people without it, as well as to double renewable energy and energy efficiency in the global energy mix. The UAE was among the first countries to endorse the targets. As part of the forum, the UAE convened groups of donors, commercial investors, and private companies to funding approaches for energy access, as well as renewable energy deployment on islands. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395280923881.html


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UAE announces success of Zayed Future Energy Prize’s commitment to UN Sustainable Energy Goals

posted on 23/05/2015

The UAE announced the success of its commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative through the Global High Schools category of the Zayed Future Energy Prize, yesterday on the last day of the Second Annual United Nations Sustainable Energy for All Forum at the UN in New York.

Dr Kandeh Yumkella, special representative of the UN secretary-general & CEO of SE4All and Ahmed Alhendawi, the UN secretary-general's envoy on youth, presented certificates of recognition to student representatives of three previous prize winners in the Global High Schools category at a special awards ceremony in the UN headquarters. Bronx Design & Construction Academy in the United States, Malawi-based Zayed Solar Academy and Melbourne Girls' College in Australia received the awards as recognition of the contributions their winning projects will make towards meeting the three aims of the SE4All initiative.

In 2012, the Global High Schools category was introduced as a commitment to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's SE4All initiative, for which he announced the targets at the 2012 World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi. SE4All focuses on three objectives to be achieved by 2030: ensure universal access to modern energy services, double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency and double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.

Now in its fourth year, the Global High Schools category provides US$500,000 a year of valuable funding to schools around the world, aiming to accelerate the adoption of clean energy through education. So far, 14 schools worldwide have received US$100,000 each for project proposals encouraging youth to incorporate renewable energy and sustainability into the daily operations of their schools and local communities.

On the second day of the forum, Tuesday, May 19, Ruby Williams, a current student of Melbourne Girls' College and Dikirani Thaulo, former student of Zayed Solar Academy represented the Zayed Future Energy Prize in a panel titled, ‘Rising Tide: The Power of Youth'. The session determined that young people should not be viewed solely as the ‘next' generation as they can have a major impact in the world today.

As a testament to the prize's influence in young people's lives, former Zayed Solar Academy student Dikirani Thaulo said: "In the last year, I learned a valuable trade; I became a solar engineer and now I am able to equip households in rural Malawi, which previously had no access to electricity, with off-grid energy supply. My fellow graduates and I can now bring light to those without it because of the funding my community received from the Zayed Future Energy Prize to create the Zayed Solar Academy."

Similarly, Ruby Williams of Melbourne Girls' College revealed: "With equipment bought using Zayed Future Energy Prize funds, my classmates and I are learning the value of the energy we use every day. Whether it's conducting experiments to compare conventional energy sources with distributed renewables or generating electricity to charge our mobile phones by exercising, we are developing an understanding of the energy our lifestyles consume."

M-KOPA Solar, the Kenya-based ‘pay-as-you-go' off-grid energy services provider, and Liter of Light, the social movement providing affordable, sustainable solar lights – winners of the Small and Medium Enterprise and Non-Profit Organisation categories of the 2015 prize respectively – also shared success stories and insights in panel discussions during the four-day forum.

In seven years, winners and finalists of the Zayed Future Energy Prize have touched the lives of over 150 million people – generating 190,000 MWh from renewable energy sources, reducing 800 million tonnes of carbon emissions, providing safe drinking water to six million people and introducing 350,000 people to sustainable solutions and management best practices.

Organisations, individuals and high schools can visit the Zayed Future Energy website at www.ZayedFutureEnergyPrize.com for more information on how to submit for the 2016 awards or to nominate candidates for the lifetime achievement category. Submissions and nominations close on 22 June 2015. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395280935002.html


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UAE Government Leaders Programme delegates visit giant U.S. corporations

posted on 23/05/2015

The UAE Government Leaders Programme organised a visit to the United States for 30 members of the Innovative Leaders Programme to exchange knowledge, experiences and best practices in the public and private sectors, and enhance the participants' leadership skills and knowledge based on innovation.

During the tour, the delegation showcased the UAE's efforts to design future smart cities based on innovative models in a workshop organised for members of Seattle Chamber of Commerce, attended by a number of dignitaries, researchers and students.

Abdullah bin Touq, Executive Director, Excellence & Leadership at Prime Minister's Office, said the tour focussed on promoting the UAE's position as a global model in innovative and forward-looking government. It also facilitated the exchange of knowledge and introduced the participants in the UAE Government Leaders Programme to the best international innovative practices in leadership, management and government work.

Touq said the programme focuses on preparing visionary leaders through innovation based training workshops, tours and field visits to raise efficiency levels of the participants and build their knowledge and leadership capabilities. The programme also enables them to apply new skills in their institutions to meet the requirements of future governments in line with UAE Vision 2021.

During their US visit, the delegation visited Stanford University and was briefed on the latest systems and scientific practices in the application of innovative solutions. The visit also enabled them to gain insights on the importance of a flexible working environment to enhance efficiencies and stimulate innovative thinking.

The delegation visited The Last Mile, a non-profit Foundation based in San Francisco that uses innovative practices in the rehabilitation of convicts by teaching them entrepreneurial skills that enable them to become productive community members by the time they finish their sentence period.

During the visit, the Innovative Leaders Programme showcased the UAE vision of smart cities based on innovative planning, identifying key needs of the public to create a future based on sustainable knowledge economy.

The delegation was briefed on ‘Seattle 2030', a model of future cities based on innovative approach to reduce environmental impact and carbon emissions, and conserve water through effective partnerships between public and private sectors.

The delegation received an overview of the manner in which the port and airport of Seattle are used to promote the city as a destination for business tourism and attract more investment through air traffic, cruise tourism and cooperation with other ports in the region.

The delegation also visited the headquarters of Microsoft in Seattle during which the participants got to learn about the work culture in the company and how it assists in the transition to smart government and shaping of cities of the future through its ‘Next City' project.

In San Francisco, the delegation met Marc Chandler, Deputy City Mayor and Head of Foreign Trade and Economic Affairs, who spoke on the role of innovation in economic sectors. Chandler also answered questions from the delegation on private sector participation in development, preservation of environment and development of the education sector.

During their visit to the offices of Google, the delegation was briefed on the methods of attracting talent and the adoption of innovative evaluation of staff.

The delegation also learned about innovative work culture and organisational excellence practiced at Facebook and Instagram.

The delegation learned about how the San Francisco port area was transformed into an attractive tourist location through the development of an investment centre with restaurants and shopping complexes. The visitors also got to learn how modern technology can be applied to control sound and light to reduce the negative effects of population. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395280935557.html


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UAE, FAO discuss regional initiative to enhance water resources

posted on 23/05/2015

Officials of the UAE Ministry of Environment and Water have met with representatives of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, FAO, to discuss the organisation's initiative for sustainable management of water resources in the region.

During the meeting, Mariam Saeed Hareb, Assistant Undersecretary for Water Resources and Nature Conservation at the UAE ministry, and Pasquale Steduto, Deputy Regional Representative at the FAO Regional Office for Near East and North Africa, along with a group of experts discussed the current situation of water resources in the UAE, as well as a report on water laws in the country.

The 'Regional Initiative on Water Scarcity in the Near East', launched by FAO in 2013 to provide preliminary regional review and gap analysis of the region's water resources, seeks to support member countries in identifying and streamlining policies and best practices in agriculture water management, and beyond.

The initiative distinguishes between ‘supply-side' options, aiming at increasing the volumes of water available for food production, and ‘demand-side' options that focus on efficient use of water for food production.

Sustainable water resources management and enhancing the strategic water reserves are among the priorities of the UAE Vision 2021. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395280937362.html




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Al Hammadi: UAE vision for educational development looks beyond 2015

posted on 23/05/2015

SEOUL: The opportunities and potential in the UAE ensures the country's ability to make a qualitative leap in education and advance to top positions globally, Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Minister of Education, said, adding that this is in line with the UAE's commitments to sustainability in education and the sector's changes beyond 2015.

In a statement on the sidelines of the World Education Forum, which concluded today in Incheon, South Korea, the minister said the UAE's vision for education provides for sustainable development in the next 15 years and seeks to build the skills needed for the 21st century.

"Our state is confidently working to achieve the goals of education thanks to the keen interest and support of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan; Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum; His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and Their Highnesses the Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates."

The minister also affirmed that the UAE is committed to provide compulsory quality basic education for all boys and girls by 2030, and to enable all the elderly people to acquire basic reading and writing skills, while continuing to provide the best education for the youth based on equal opportunity and gender equality.

The four-day World Education Forum brought together the global education community including government ministers from more than 100 countries, non-governmental organisations and youth groups.

A transformative vision for education over the next 15 years adopted at the forum encourages countries to provide inclusive, equitable and quality education and life-long learning opportunities for all. The Incheon Declaration will underpin the education targets in the Sustainable Development Goals that will be ratified at the United Nations in September.

The Incheon Declaration builds on the global Education for All (EFA) movement that was initiated in Jomtien, Thailand in 1990 and reiterated in Dakar, Senegal in 2000. EFA – and the Millennium Development Goal on Education – resulted in significant progress, but many of its targets, including universal access to primary education, remain unfulfilled.

United Nations says that currently, 58 million children, mostly girls, remain out of school across the world. In addition, 250 million children are not learning basic skills, even though half of them have spent at least four years in school. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395280937177.html


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Government of Dubai Legal Affairs Department launches new smart services

posted on 23/05/2015

The Government of Dubai Legal Affairs Department has launched smart services which are accessible via various smart devices.

The move is in line with the directives of Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to shift services provided by the various government departments to Smart Services. It is also in line with the Dubai Plan 2021.

Dr. Lowai Mohammed Belhoul, Director-General of the Government of Dubai Legal Affairs Department said, "The implementation of smart services is in line with the Department's strategy to ensure that all of the services provided by us will be smart services accessible via smart devices."

Dr. Belhoul further continued, "We are fully confident that the newly developed smart services will provide users with an efficient, fast and interactive method of communication The Department shall continue to foster innovation by implementing new initiatives and strategies within the department as we evolve and transition to a completely smart government, within a smart city, by utilising all the latest technologies."

Dr. Belhoul further explained that the Department can benefit and take advantage of the latest technologies and smart solutions in order to meet the growing need for the quick turnaround of services provided to all government agencies, advocates, legal consultants and the public.

Ms. Nada Ameen Al Marzouqi, Manager of the Information Technology Section at the Government of Dubai Legal Affairs Department confirmed, "The smart services provided by our department include a number of features, which would enable all of our various customers to take advantage of the available service via any smart device at any time anywhere." – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395280928186.html


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UAE condemns terrorist attack targeting worshippers in Saudi Arabia's Qatif mosque

posted on 23/05/2015

The United Arab Emirates has condemned the terrorist attack that targeted worshippers in a mosque in Qudayh Town of Saudi Arabia's Qatif Governorate, in which tens of innocent people were killed and injured.

In a statement made today, Dr. Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, reaffirmed the UAE's firm position, rejecting terrorism in all its forms, which contravened all laws, religious and moral values.

"Such a heinous crime requires the international community to rally efforts to confront such cowardly acts and devious thoughts, which pay no respect to human lives and sacred places," he added.

Dr. Gargash further said, while denouncing such criminal acts and renewing his rejection of violence and terrorism, that he reiterated the country's firm standing with the brotherly Saudi Arabia in the face of these crimes aimed at the national unity of the kingdom.

He also expressed the UAE government's sincere condolences to the government and people of Saudi Arabia and to the families of the victims, and wished a speedy recovery for those injured in the terrorist attack. http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395280939368.html


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Qatari nationals sentenced by State Security Court

posted on 23/05/2015

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has ordered the release of the two Qatari citizens sentenced by the UAE State Security Court, to emphasise the UAE's keenness to strengthen the close fraternal relations between the leaderships and peoples of the two brotherly countries. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395280934162.html


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ERC distributes more aid to those affected by events in Yemen

posted on 23/05/2015

The Emirates Red Crescent Authority (ERC) has distributed 1, 225 tonnes of foodstuff to those affected by the unfolding events in Yemen.

Earlier, the ship laden with the humanitarian aid, ordered by the ERC arrived in Aden to alleviate the suffering of Yemeni brothers. Also other ships carrying 4, 000 tonnes of petroleum derivatives arrived in Aden to help operate the Yemeni hospitals, whose medical services deteriorated due to the lack of fuel, leading to the sharp decline of health conditions across Yemen.

Early in May, the ERC dispatched 850 tonnes of relief materials, including 650 tonnes of foodstuff and 180 tonnes of medicines and medical supplies.

It said in a statement that it has strengthened its relief operations for those affected by the events in Yemen in implementation of the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and orders of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, and the follow up of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in the Western Region and Chairman of the ERC. The Authority confirmed that it works on all axes to strengthen the areas of humanitarian response for the victims and those affected.

The ERC underscored that it was one of the first regional humanitarian and international organisations that arrived in Yemen in the wake of humanitarian truce, which was announced recently. It indicated that it delivered the relief aid to the Yemeni brothers despite field difficulties that impede the flow of aid to all Yemeni provinces, which experience a severe shortage in all life basic requirements.

The ERC said that it is currently focused on providing the necessary and vital requirements, especially in the areas of health and shelter as well as petroleum derivatives, which are vital in many vital sectors.

It added that the delivery of aid to those affected in Yemen "represents a major challenge for aid workers and medical teams that deal with life-saving and alleviation of suffering", noting that the aid distribution takes place in coordination and cooperation with regional and international humanitarian organisations currently operating in Yemen, with the aim to ease the suffering of those affected and improve the humanitarian conditions.

The ERC confirmed its commitment to strengthen its efforts in Yemen during the coming period to ward off the effects of the crisis in Yemen that have been affecting large segments of Yemeni people, adding that it would provide more aid for those affected in various humanitarian, health, food and shelter fields, as well as other requirements.

It reiterated that it is following with great concern the developments of the humanitarian situation in Yemen and its repercussions on the displaced and vulnerable sections, especially women and children who are most affected by the events, stressing that it will spare no effort to support all Yemeni provinces and meet the call of humanitarian duty towards them. Hence, "it works on different axes to provide humanitarian services to contribute to improving the conditions there, on the basis of humanitarian commitment to those affected, and to consolidate its strong presence in Yemen for decades."

The ERC has provided strategic stock of various relief items from its stores in Jebel Ali to meet growing humanitarian needs of the people of Yemen and alleviate the suffering and improve the lives of those facing difficult circumstances.

It pledged that there will be daily relief shipments from the UAE to all Yemeni provinces that suffer severe lack of the basic life requirements. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395280924623.html


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Montenegro's president visits UAE pavilion at Expo Milano 2015

posted on 23/05/2015

MILAN: President of Montenegro, Filip Vujanovic, expressed his country's desire to strengthen cooperation relations with the UAE.

Vujanovic made his remark yesterday during his visit to the UAE pavilion at Expo Milano 2015 where he watched the 'Family Tree', a movie offering glimpses of the challenges that faced Emiratis before the discovery of oil.

Montenegro's president also confirmed that his country seeks to participate in Expo 2020 Dubai. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395280935742.html


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Omani official visits UAE Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015

posted on 23/05/2015

MILAN: Secretary-General of the Ministry of Defence Oman, Mohammed bin Nasser Al Rasibi, and his delegation on Friday visited the UAE pavilion at Expo Milano 2015.

Accompanied by Deputy Commissioner-General of the UAE Pavilion, Abdullah Mohammed Al Aidarous, the Omani official toured the pavilion and watched 'Family Tree', a movie offering glimpses of the challenges that faced Emiratis before oil was discovered in the country.

Al Rasibi also watched a presentation on Expo 2020 Dubai and Emirati traditions, hospitality and cuisine.

The National Media Council, NMC, is organising and overseeing the UAE Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395280936355.html


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New Dubai Police forensics lab stays one step ahead

posted on 23/05/2015

Dubai Police's new forensics laboratory being built at a cost of $100 million (Dh367.28 million) is expected to be operational by the end of the year.

The four-storey building will cover an area of 400,000 square feet and consist of three main sections and two sub-sections, said Colonel Fahd Al Mutawa, director of the Forensic Science and Criminology Department at Dubai Police.

The first Dubai Police Forensics lab was established more than 28 years ago.

The new building has been designed after years of touring the world's top police forensics labs and closely studying investigative methods.

Explaining the need for the advanced facility, Col. Al Mutawa said it was vital for the police to invest in sophisticated investigative tools at a time when criminal activities are getting more complicated.

"In 1981, there were a total of two cases that needed forensics and the number increased to only five in 1982, most of which were questioned documents relating to cases of fake cheques,” he said.

"Now we work on thousands of reports,” he said. "For instance, in 2014, there were 35,000 reports.”

The current lab has been developed over the years to accommodate the growing volume of cases. "There are 570 people working in the forensics department, and the number is expected to increase by 20 per cent when the new building opens,” Col. Al Mutawa said.

The forensics lab supports Dubai Police's other departments such as the Criminal Investigation Department and the Anti-Narcotics Department besides producing high-quality technical reports for the courts.

Col. Al Mutawa said: "99.9 per cent of our reports are accepted by the courts.”

The Dubai Police forensics lab also accepts cases from police departments of other emirates.

The current lab has 56 accredited procedures that are in accordance with the international ISO 17025 standard and, by the end of September, this number is set to increase to 95.

"The accreditations have been approved by the Dubai Accreditation Centre [DAC] and meet the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation [ILAC],” he said.

Col. Al Mutawa added that the Dubai Police leadership had years ago envisioned a new forensics lab matching up to international standards complete with all forensics disciplines and staffed by highly qualified staff.

"The idea came from the Dubai Police Headquarters that the lab should be a separate entity, which shows the transparency of Dubai Police's work,” he said.

How the idea originated

Col. Al Mutawa recalled how it was decided in February 2008 that a select committee should visit the top forensics labs around the world to take on board the latest in technology and stay up with international standards in investigative protocol.

"We visited the FBI labs in Virginia, Indianapolis and also California, we visited the Forensic Science Service (FSS) in London, The Bundeskriminalamt (BKA) in Germany, Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI) in Hague,” said Dr Fuad Tarbah, Senior Forensic Toxicologist and Director of Training, Research and Development Department, at Dubai Police's Forensics Science and Criminology Department.

The trip allowed the committee to analyse the advantages and disadvantages of top forensics facilities around the world, enabling them to structure a future plan for Dubai Police's new forensics wing, Dr Tarbah said.

The new forensics laboratory, he said, covers most of the forensics specialties in addition to a complete forensics institute that offers high-quality programmes and certified training. "The institute will have partnerships with recognised international institutes in the field of forensics.”

The new forensics lab will be equipped with the latest and most sophisticated instruments and technology.

The new building will include classic forensics departments such as forensic biology and DNA, forensic chemistry, forensic toxicology, trace evidence and post-bomb and explosives, tool-marks and firearms, questioned documents, digital forensics and computer crime, voice analysis, forensic video and photography, fire and arson investigation and fingerprint.

In addition, Dubai Police are looking to add new disciplines to the forensics department, such as forensic engineering, nuclear physics department and forensic accounting. These departments will become bigger once the new building is open.

Dr Tarbah said that another new department, which happens to be the only one of its kind in the Arab region, is the criminology and profiling department. The department uses forensic psychology analysis in interviewing victims to extract hidden information that can help the authorities uncover a crime. The forensic medicine department will remain a separate building, as will the Dubai Police K9 unit.

New divisions include Material Science — which includes metallurgy — something that was previously only available in Dubai Municipality.

The pre-existing Department of Training and Development, which carries out international proficiency tests and provides more than 146 internal proficiency tests for all staff, will also be housed in the new building.

"The department also provides more than 60 training programmes and workshops for more than 406 staff members in the field of forensics,” he said.

To ensure that its experts are keeping up with international trends and to meet quality requirements, the Forensics department has a continued education programme, where each scientist needs to complete a requirement of 50 training hours each year.

The Dubai Police Forensics Department also engages in a continuous exchange of knowledge with international labs such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation's BKA and NFI, to name a few.

The new facility is being built taking into consideration any expansion needs until 2025. "There are sections of the buildings closed off as they are not needed now, so in the future, if need be, we can expand into it.” Dr Tarbah said.

"We are also open to discussing the results and processes with the people involved and we want the public to know that there is an independent institute that protects their rights by treating physical evidence according to international standards,” he said. – Gulf News - http://gulfnews.com/news/uae/crime/new-dubai-police-forensics-lab-stays-one-step-ahead-1.1519764


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