CBRN Innovation Lab: A Platform for Improving Risk Knowledge and Warning of CBRN Hazards in Abu Dhabi

  • Abdulla Al Hmoudi
Conference paper


The impacts and costs of hazards on people, properties and environment are often severe when they occur without warning system to alert people of danger. Lack of early warning system (EWS) and limited knowledge of potential impact of hazard in some communities in the UAE have emphasized the need for more effective early warning systems. This paper examines the use of innovation lab to improve understanding of potential impacts of hazards and brainstorm on response procedures and as EWS tool in the UAE. Identifying elements of EWS from literature helped to develop the framework for structuring and implementing activities in the innovation lab. A comprehensive hazard approach that focuses on chemical, biological, nuclear and radiation (CBRN) risks is adopted to improve hazard knowledge, which is currently low in the UAE. The sample size is selected from Abu Dhabi which is the UAE capital city that was surveyed to determine knowledge of hazards of CBRN. Eight managers in Abu Dhabi Police (ADP) were also interviewed to further understand the role of innovation lab in improving current knowledge level. The research outcome reveals that knowledge and warning of CBRN hazards in the UAE is low and may be improved through the use of innovation lab.


CBRN Early warning system (EWS) Innovation lab 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Abdulla Al Hmoudi
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  1. 1.CBRN UnitAbu Dhabi PoliceAbu DhabiUnited Arab Emirates

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