The FIFA World Cup 2018 will begin this month, and up to 1 million fans are expected to descend on the stadia of host nation Russia. The safety and security of stadiums and crowded spaces will be a top priority for organisers, with the lingering memories of incidents that have taken place around the globe over the last few years driving the host nation to rise to the challenge.
On the one-year anniversary of the terrorist attack carried out against the people of Manchester, we look back and remember the victims and their families, and we assess the response. As we mourn what was lost, we must also look to what we can learn from this tragedy, and what steps can be taken towards the end goal of making our cities, and our people, safer. Now that post-incident investigations have released their findings we can see the professional assessment of what went wrong, how effective the response was, and what more we can do in the service of saving lives and protecting the innocent.
2017 has seen countless attacks on the general public around the globe, with attackers selecting locations considered "soft targets" as an easy option to cause maximum impact, not only by the physical damage generated, but also in terms of the media coverage, particularly across social media platforms. The personal stories from those present when an incident occurs, and the accompanying images and videos from such attacks spread like wild fire across social media, and instills real fear amongst the public. The incitement of fear is a core aim of such terror groups and at present, this trend shows no sign of stopping.
Around the globe, roads and highways can be a dangerous place, and the UAE is no exception. There were 675 deaths on the road in 2015, and this figure increased in 2016 to 725.
Recognising a need to improve safety standards on its roads, the UAE government has chosen to promote road safety and is committed to the reduction of traffic accidents and deaths, drawing inspiration from a decade-long global plan developed by the UN Road Safety Collaboration of World Health Organization.
As dawn brakes over our life support area, I am awakened not by a nice tune emitting from my alarm clock but the distant sounds of Gunfire and the low thud of I.E.D`s.
Over the last month, Restrata has been actively working to support the UNHCR in Yemen, Somalia, Burundi, and in the last few weeks, Erbil, to name just a few.
Nationalisation programmes continue to dominate MENA workforce planning, driven by Government policy that promotes the employment of local nationals over expats. As such, the upskill of local nationals and competency based training programmes is set to play a huge role in the delivery of such plans. This is especially relevant in the oil and gas sector, where the need to engage and develop locals with a structured nationalisation plan in large international corporations is paramount in supporting regional stability.