Table of Content1. ABOUT DUBAI1.1 A Brief History About Dubai1.2 Modern Dubai1.3 Clothing1.4 Geography1.5 Climate1.6 Languages1.7 Time1.8 Business Hours1.9 Investing in Dubai2. SECURITY BRIEF2.1 Dubai Counters Rising Terror Threat2.2 Emergency Preparedness2.3 Suspicious Activity2.4 Emergency Communications2.5 Emergency Evacuation Plan2.6 First Aid in an Emergency
About Dubai• A Brief History About Dubai:a) A trip to Dubai transports you on a journey through time. Archaeological discoveries suggest that, as long as four thousand years ago, small fishing communities lived along the coast of the Arabian Gulf on the site of modern Dubai.b) In recent years, archaeologists have unearthed hundreds of artifacts, including pottery, weapons and coinage, that point to civilized settlements dating back to the third millennium B.C. These historic finds have been carefully preserved and are now permanently housed in the Archaeological Section of Dubai Museum.
About Dubai• Modern Dubai:a) In 1971 Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Fujairah and (in 1972) Ras Al Khaimah, joined to create the United Arab Emirates. Under the late Sheikh Zayed, the first President of UAE, the UAE has developed into one of the richest countries in the world with a per capita GDP in excess of US$17,000 per annum.b) In the 1980s and early 1990s, Dubai took a strategic decision to emerge as a major international-quality tourism destination. Investments in tourism infrastructure have paid off handsomely over the years. Dubai is now a city that boasts unmatchable hotels, remarkable architecture and world-class entertainment and sporting events.
About Dubai• Traditional Culture & Life Style:a) Dubai’s culture is rooted in Islam, providing a strength and inspiration that touches all aspects of everyday life. Virtually every neighborhood has its own mosque, where the faithful congregate for prayer five times every day. One of the largest and most beautiful - Jumeirah Mosque - is a spectacular example of modern Islamic architecture.b) Ramadan, which commemorates the revelation of the Holy Koran, is the Holy Month of fasting when Muslims abstain from all food and drink from dawn to dusk. Courtesy and hospitality are among the most highly prized of virtues in the Arab world, and visitors will be charmed by the warmth and friendliness of the people.
About Dubai• Clothing:a) The Arab national dress worn in Dubai is well adapted to the high temperatures of the region. The white ankle- length, loose-fitting garment worn by men is known as the kandoura or dishdasha. The head is covered for protection from sand and the midday sun.b) Women wear a long-sleeved, full-length dress, also called a kandoura, which is embroidered in gold, silver or coloured thread and covered entirely by a black abayah. The hair is covered by a shayla, a thin black veil.
About Dubai• Geography: The United Arab Emirates, in the eastern part of the Arabian Peninsula, extends along part of the Gulf of Oman and the southern coast of the Persian Gulf. The nation is about the size of Portugal. Its neighbors are Saudi Arabia to the west, south and southeast, Qatar to the northwest, and Oman to the southeast and northeast. Most of the land is barren and sandy.• Climate: The climate of the UAE generally is hot and dry. The hottest months are July and August, when average maximum temperatures reach above 48° C on the coastal plain. Average minimum temperatures in January and February are between 10° C and 14° C. During the late summer months, a humid southeastern wind known as the sharq makes the coastal region especially unpleasant. The region is prone to occasional, violent dust storms, which can severely reduce visibility.
About Dubai• Language: Language is the most important marker of identity for a country and the National Language in Dubai is Arabic which speaks a lot about the country and its people. Although according to the Constitution of the country the official language in Dubai is Arabic , yet English is widely spoken and different regional languages are also often used.• Time: Time in Dubai is of course different from all the other countries in the world, owing to its location on the UTC/GMT+4 Standard Time Zone. The unique feature of Dubai Time is that is devoid of any daylight saving time adjustments. Time in Dubai is four hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time or GMT.
About Dubai• Business Hours: Bank Hours 8:00am to 1:00pm, Saturday to Wednesday. 4.30pm to 6.30pm Saturday to Wednesday. 8:00am to 12:00pm Thursdays. The Exchange House is open from 8:30 am to 1 pm, Saturday to Wednesday. Office Hours 8:00am to 1:00pm, Sunday to Thursday 7.30am to 2.30 pm, Saturday to Wednesday (government) Shop Hours Hours for private businesses and shops vary. Most often, shops are closed from 1pm to 4pm, and generally close at 10 pm or midnight. Shops open doors at 4pm on Fridays after prayers.
About Dubai• Investing in Dubai: The past 10 years have witnessed incredible growth throughout all sectors of the Dubai economy. Dubai represents an international business hub with a wide range of opportunities for different activities and operations including trade, industry, regional offices and re-export offices Dubai’s economy is no longer reliant on oil, but is more diversified, relying heavily on trade, services and finance sectors. With its central geographic location between Asian and European markets, Dubai has worked hard to establish itself as an integral part of the global trade mechanism. Its central location has also allowed Dubai to become a popular and accessible tourist destination. The Department of Economic Development has been exceptionally forward-thinking, and is moving towards a more streamlined electronic services system in which most aspects of the business set up process is conducted through the internet. Dubai’s many free zones are another aspect of the city’s growing economy. Established as a way of attracting more foreign investment, free zones adhere to unique laws regarding ownership, taxation and labor.
About Dubai• Investing in Dubai: Tejari is the Middle East’s premier online business-to-business marketplace that allows companies to buy and sell goods and services online. Dubai Export Development Corporation (DEDC) has been established to provide exporters with the services required to enter or expand foreign markets including trade information and consultations for trademarks, financial and legal services, foreign trade offers and communication with potential buyers. Dubai Chamber Services plays a key role in supporting potential investors to develop and diversify their commercial activities and interacting with the local, regional and international business circles.There are many reasons why it is worthwhile to invest in Dubai, has a fair judicialsystem, a liberal economy, no income tax or corporate tax, no trade barriers, quotas orforeign exchange controls, 100% repatriation of capital and profits and strong investorincentives from the government of Dubai..
Dubai Counters Rising TerrorThreat• This oil-rich Persian Gulf state has outfitted high-rises with the latest security, installed an iris-recognition ID system and nearly completed a 500-mile-long barrier along its borders with Oman and Saudi Arabia.• However, many anti-terror analysts believe the threat in Dubai is growing fueled by the city’s image as a bastion of Western-style capitalism and nightlife, its new status as home to the world’s tallest building and the frequent port calls by U.S. Navy ships.
Dubai Counters Rising Terror Threat•In a video marking the sixthanniversary of the Sept. 11 attack onthe United States, Osama bin Ladenlambasted capitalism andmultinational corporations, callingtheir leaders the real terrorists andthreats to human freedom.•The al-Qaida leader did not mentionDubai by name, but nowhere in theMiddle East are the targets of his ireflourishing with such intensity.
Dubai Counters Rising TerrorThreat• “The growth and disorganization of the jihadist movement means that the threat level in Dubai will go up over time,” said Daniel Benjamin, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington.• Dubai’s government rarely speaks publicly of its efforts to counter extremists, apparently worried about endangering its image as the Mideast’s business hub by associating the city with terrorism. It did not respond to numerous inquiries by The Associated Press for this article.
Emergency Preparedness Planning Ahead Introduction to Emergency Preparedness What You Can Do ? Create an Emergency Communications Plan
Emergency Preparedness Establish Meeting Places Assemble Disaster Supplies or an Emergency Kit What Could Happen ? Evacuation in an Emergency
Emergency Preparedness Additional Emergency Preparedness Actions Each Person’s Responsibility
Suspicious Activity• What to do if you spot suspicious terrorist activity?: Take note of Size Take note of Activity Take note of Location Take note of Uniform Take note of Time Take note of Equipment• .Keep in mind, those who commit terrorist acts usually live among us without appearing suspicious while planning for their attacks.
Suspicious Activity• Learn to recognize the difference between normal & abnormal behavior, and get to know: Who are your neighbors? What cars are normally in your neighborhood? Who regularly makes deliveries at work and in your neighborhood?• .Staying alert is being aware of one’s surroundings, and being alert to indications of trouble, such as: A local activity that could indicate problems in your community People celebrating at inappropriate times such as the anniversary of 9/11 Previous activity or crimes Controversial issues being debated Suspicious thefts
Suspicious Activity• It is IMPOSSIBLE to identify a terrorist by: Appearance Nationality Language• It is POSSIBLE to identify a terrorist by: Experience Judgment Common Sense
Suspicious Activity• The following should cause a heightened sense of suspicion: Suspicious or unusual interest Surveillance (suspicious in nature) Inappropriate photographs or videos Note-Taking Drawing of Diagrams Annotating maps Using binoculars or night vision devices Individuals acting furtively and suspiciously Individuals avoiding eye contact Individuals departing quickly when seen or approached Individuals in places they don’t belong A strong odor coming from a building or vehicle An overloaded vehicle Fluid leaking from a vehicle, other than the engine or gas tanks Over dressed for the type of weather
Suspicious Activity• Fraudulent Identification• Fraudulent ID’s include: Drivers License Social Security Cards Passport Birth Certificate INS identification• Terrorists & their Accomplices; pay attention to visitors and guests that: Arrive and leave at unusual hours Try not to be noticed Act in a suspicious manner Park an unusual distance from the meeting Have an unusual number of unrelated people living together
Suspicious Activity• Some signs that may raise your suspicious: They only let you into the apartment or house with plenty of prior notice They change the locks often They keep certain rooms off limits They cover tables and other pieces of furniture They never allow maid service in a hotel room They only take hotel room service outside the door They only accept deliveries at the hotel’s front desk or outside a closed door
Suspicious Activity• Deliveries are a common method for terrorists to carry out their activity: A vehicle with hazardous material parked or driving in an inappropriate area Unusual deliveries of chemicals or fertilizer Unattended bags or boxes in a public access place Fire extinguishers that may have been moved or tampered with• Unusual purchases ,thefts or rentals of: Police, security, public utility, mail carrier, or airline uniforms and equipment Explosives Weapons Ammunition Propane bottles Toxic chemicals Vehicles able to contain or haul hazardous materials
Suspicious Activity• Additional suspicious activity may include: Someone bragging or talking about plans to harm citizens Suspicious packages, luggage, or mail that have been abandoned in a crowded place Suspicious letter or package that arrives in your mailbox. Someone suspiciously exiting a secured, non-public area near a train or bus depot, airport, tunnel, bridge, government building, or tourist attraction. Any type of activity or circumstance that seems frightening or unusual within the normal routines of your neighborhood, community, and workplace. Someone unfamiliar loitering in a parking lot, government building, or around a school or playground. Anyone asking a lot of questions ‹ especially concerning routes or loads or drop-off times. Recruiters should be alert for unusual employment applications. Don’t assume it couldn’t be an inside job. A trucker returning to his or her vehicle from a restaurant or truck stop should make sure no one is loitering around the truck.
Emergency Communication• Emergency communications information. During emergencies – local, state, and national – the importance of our country’s communications system, including telecommunications, broadcast, cable, and satellite systems, becomes clear.• When the power is off, phones go out and the internet is down, when police, fire, and hospital services are overwhelmed, amateur radio operators are there to take up the slack as emergency communications volunteers.• With a little forethought and a few bucks, you can prepare yourself for similar events in the future and avoid being incommunicado when you need it the most.
Emergency Evacuation Plan•An emergency evacuation plan has two parts: 1 • House Evacuation 2 • Neighborhood Evacuation
Emergency Evacuation Plan•House Evacuation: 1) Preparing an 2) Emergency 3) Evacuation Evacuation Plan Evacuation Steps: Inventory a) Household Emergency Evacuation Plan b)Choosing an Out-of- Area Contact C)Choosing a meeting place
Emergency Evacuation Plan•Neighborhood Evacuation: 4) 5) Copies 6) Keep 1) Plan 2) Avoid 3) Prepare of Evacuation Different Dangerous Establish out of Evacuation Plan in safe Routes Routes Meeting area Plan place with 72 Plans contact should be hour kit list available
First Aid In An Emergency•First aid resources and information: Knowing what to do ahead of time will potentially prevent an emergency, possibly even save a life. Every emergency can be handled by remembering four things: prevent, prepare, recognize, act. Have a complete First Aid Kit available at all times and know how to use it.
First Aid In An Emergency What steps can I take to prevent emergencies? How can I prepare for an emergency? How do I recognize an emergency? When should you call an ambulance instead of driving to the emergency department?