Committee for Abu Dhabi Activities a Major Initiative

  • 5 October 2010

The recent decision made by His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to establish a Higher Security Committee for Events in Abu Dhabi, under the chairmanship of His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, reflects the awareness of the Emirate’s reality as a hub of major international events in the economic, sporting, cultural and other arenas. Such activities not only attract international participation but are also watched by millions of people around the globe. When it comes to popular events such as Formula 1, Fifa Club World Cup, Abu Dhabi Film Festival and other similar activities, it requires advanced planning to ensure all necessary support to make them successful. In a world of escalating dangers, security is critical to making a major event successful. This also is an important factor behind a country being chosen to host such events, especially when efficient and effective security has to be guaranteed with modern technology.

The setting up of the Higher Security Committee for Events is significant for several reasons. It is set to enhance coordination among security agencies organizing events in Abu Dhabi and take the organization of events to a whole new level by maximum utilization of their abilities. This will also prevent any inconsistency or lack of coordination surfacing among the various organizing bodies. The decision to establish the Committee is in accordance with the need to specialize in supervising an annual security plan for the Abu Dhabi events by coordinating with concerned authorities and supervising the annual training program and security exercises for participants in such events. The role of the Committee does not stop at the coordination of security plans but extends to the development of these plans and evaluating their participants.

The idea behind the establishment of the Committee is to supervise the process of adapting the necessary organizational standards and evaluating the authorities responsible for management of events in Abu Dhabi. It has to direct preparations of the necessary security studies and scientific researches in coordination with the relevant authorities besides coordinating with friendly countries on both security and organizational matters following approvals from the Abu Dhabi authorities. Through all these, the role of the Higher Security Committee for events is perpetual and far reaching and is set to create a quantum leap in security plans that deals with the activities taking place in the Emirate. This will be done in a manner that highlights its image in the world, affirms its extraordinary organizational capabilities and increases its reputation as a major destination for regional and international events of different kinds. This will add another dimension to Abu Dhabi’s vision of development.