Sabotage seminar attracts global interest

DUBAI: Emirates Group Security ran a unique interactive three-day hijack and sabotage seminar programme for security industry professionals and group staff. The workshop included a simulated hijack exercise and a live explosives demonstration.

The programme was a carefully designed mix of theory and practice and included material on some of the most recent aviation security threats.

Specialist presenters from the Gendarmerie Nationale (GIGN) in France and Dubai Police helped to attract security professionals from around the world, who came to share their security expertise and further strengthen their defences against any potential future threats. Other presenters included facilitators from the Aircrew Security Training unit of Emirates Group Security, who designed and delivered content on the history of aviation hijacking and sabotage.

The Dubai Police Explosives Security Department expertly ran a demonstration of different types of high explosives in the desert.

The programme culminated in the UAE Army Special Forces team storming the Boeing emergency evacuation simulator after a two-hour hijacking ordeal.

Dr Abdulla Al Hashimi, Divisional Senior Vice President Group Security, said: "GroupSecurity is proud to have organised this event. State-of-the-art facilities and our close relationships with law enforcement agencies allowed our two Group Security teams [Aircrew Security and Ground Security] to put together this comprehensive training seminar and hijack exercise.

"With the support of the various agencies and the backing of Edith Cowan University, which recognises this programme as part of the aviation security diploma that we jointly organised, we aim to build on and make this programme an annual event, which will help to raise the aviation security bar even higher in the Gulf region".

Simulation: The 'Special Forces' during the exercise.

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