April 16, 2024
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Dubai Municipality has a 139-member strong beach rescue team corps

Dubai Municipality has deployed a 139-strong rescue team corps across various public beaches in Dubai emirate to bolster beach safety and enhance beachgoers’ experience.

The beach rescue teams include 124 well-trained lifeguards, 12 supervisors and two assistant managers, all supervised by an operations manager.

Equipped with All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) designed for beach use, and the latest lifesaving equipment, the teams are strategically stationed at prominent public beaches in the emirate such as Al Mamzar Beach, Al Mamzar Corniche, Jumeirah 1, 2, and 3, Umm Suqeim 1 and 2, El Shorouq, Al Sufouh, and Jebel Ali.

Lifeguards ensure safety on Dubai's public beaches. Image: Dubai Municipality
Lifeguards ensure safety at Dubai’s public beaches. Image: Dubai Municipality

Ibrahim Mohammad Juma, Director of Public Beaches and Waterways Management Department, Dubai Municipality, expressed the significance of the rescue teams’ initiative, stating: “The teams work from sunrise until sunset and around the clock among night-swimming beaches; to monitor and observe all activities taking place on the beaches and ensure the safety of beachgoers and maintain the highest levels of security.

‘Well-trained’

“All rescue teams at Dubai beaches are highly qualified and regularly trained to the highest levels in intensive rescue operations.

“They are equipped with the latest equipment and technologies, including first aid equipment, ATVs, and wireless communication devices. This equipment allows them to perform their work efficiently, saving lives and preventing drowning and injuries on the beaches,” Juma added.

In tandem with the deployment of the beach rescue teams, Dubai Municipality has also taken measures to educate and inform beachgoers about safety protocols.

Signboards featuring safety instructions and beach swimming warning flags have been installed across Dubai’s public beaches.

Lifeguards are equipped with walkie-talkies. Image: Dubai Municipality
Lifeguards are equipped with walkie-talkies. Image: Dubai Municipality

The flags are colour-coded, with red indicating prohibited swimming, yellow signifying caution, and purple indicating swimming is permitted in the presence of marine species.

Jumeirah 2 and 3, and Umm Suqeim 1 public beaches in Dubai feature allocated areas for night swimming, where beachgoers can swim after sunset until midnight as these three beaches are lit by smart light poles, with lifeguards on duty until midnight.

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