Heading to the beach? Soon you could see all-women rescue teams

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Women-only rescue teams will patrol Dubai beaches as part of a new safety campaign.

Dubai Police and Dubai Municipality have launched the drive to cut the number of people who drown off the emirate’s coast to zero. By the end of the year, 18 women will be trained to respond to emergencies on the sands and in the sea to help reach this total.

The two-month safety campaign over the summer will also target crime on the beaches, like theft and harassment.

. عُقد اليوم مؤتمر صحفي لتدشين الحملة المشتركة بين بلدية دبي والقيادة العامة لشرطة دبي بشأن “سلامة الشواطئ” والتي ستستمر على مدى شهرين. واستعرضت المهندسة علياء الهرمودي مدير #إدارة_البيئة خلال المؤتمر جهود وإنجازات منظومة الإنقاذ والسلامة الشاطئية التي تديرها #بلدية_دبي والتي تمكنت من تحقيق “صفر وفيات” على مدى عامين من تطبيقها. A press conference was held to launch a campaign between Dubai Municipality and Dubai Police General Command on “Beach Safety” campaign that will last for two months. During the conference, Eng. Alia Al-Harmoudi, Director of Environment Department, reviewed the efforts and achievements of the coastal rescue and safety system, which is managed by Dubai Municipality, which has managed to achieve zero mortality for two years. @dubaipolicehq #دبي #بلدية_دبي #إدارة_البيئة #Dubai #DubaiMunicipality

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Brigadier Abdul Qader Mohammed Al-Bannai told a press conference that in the first half of 2018, six people had died and three people been injured at beaches in Dubai. This is down from 14 deaths in 2017.

He urged beachgoers to be extra cautious and refrain from swimming after sunset when no lifeguards are on duty. “As summer has started, many people will go to the beach and we want all beachgoers to be careful and not to swim after sunset as no lifeguards are on duty after sunset. People must follow safety procedures when they go to the beach. Don’t swim if you don’t have swimming skills,” he said.

In order to keep beach -goers safe, Dubai Municipality already has nine rescue stations in place along the coast. Over the next two years, eight naval ambulances will join them.

The status of Dubai’s sea and waves is updated on the Dubai Coast website – www.dubaicoast.ae – and if you’re already at the beach, remember you can connect to Wi-Fi at the solar-powered Smart Palms in Umm Suqeim 2.

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