Dubai : a new female squad of liguards to ensure safety on beaches © Christopher Crouzet
This measure won’t leave vacationers indifferent… Indeed, for the first time and among other measures, Dubai announced that a 100%-female team of lifeguards has been trained to ensure the safety of its beaches, a major source of the Emirate’s tourist attractiveness.
Dubai’s beaches, their white sand and their numerous tourists stretching out in the sun… It kinda feels like Malibu, except maybe for the lifeguards, who are exclusively male, but not for much longer. The emirate just announced the creation of a brand new female team of rescuers, ready to be deployed overs its beaches!
Women to strengthen the ranks of sea rescuers in Dubai
No less than twelve women are currently trained to join one hundred professional male lifeguards currently deployed of Dubai’s beaches. Their number will keep increasing and they will be more than eighteen before the end of the year.
This announcement is part of the new measures that the Police and municipality authorities have taken in order to prevent swimming accidents. Their number have steadily decreased since they went from 35 drownings and related accidents in 2016 to 28 in 2017 and 9 in 2018. However, the growing number of tourists push every year the authorities to remain attentive and they always seek to improve monitoring and supervision of public swimming.
Flagship measures to ensure the safety of vacationers
Indeed, the Emirates received, in fact, nearly 7.26 million visitors in 2017, a figure that has already been overcome for the current year. Besides, half of them com for seaside tourism. In addition to drowning prevention, the city authorities have announced a whole range of measures, such as this campaign raising awareness of the risks of careless swimming, beach theft and harassment through social media and brigades on the beaches.
They also include the set up of maritime ambulances at eight strategic points along the seacoast to respond to medical emergencies very quickly.