Community Awareness in Disaster and Emergency Settings: A Case Study of the United Arab Emirates

  • Ibrahim Almarzouqi
Conference paper


There has been little done in the way of pre-disaster planning, not only in the United Arab Emirates but through much of the Middle East and North Africa region. The risk profile has substantially changed, but there are strong elements from the past embedded in landscape and everyday life that must also inform any disaster or emergency planning. This presentation is designed to introduce at first hazard history of the United Arab Emirates and then examined from the viewpoint of those vulnerable to disaster the changing paradigm of natural hazard research. Attention will also be made of United Arab Emirates’ institutionalization of disaster risk reduction strategies in the context of its international obligations, for example, the Hyogo Framework. The presentation also aims to introduce the results of fieldwork that explore experience of disaster and emergency at personal, community, and institutional level. It offers observations, from personal experience of the difficulty of delivering interventions in traditional Arab architecture/land use patterns for emergency services as well as the challenges of the new, high-rise, concrete building trends in major cities. The presentation shall also outline the different and possible vulnerabilities in each of the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates with particular focus on the importance of community-based disaster risk reduction.


Hazard Vulnerability Climate change Risk Disaster management Resilience United Arab Emirates (UAE) 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ibrahim Almarzouqi
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  1. 1.Emergency and Public Safety, Abu Dhabi Police GHQAbu DhabiUnited Arab Emirates

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