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ISJ Exclusive: Welcoming cooperation and allowing the industry to flourish


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A delegation of leaders from the British Home Office have visited the Security Industry Regulatory Agency.

The Security Industry Regulatory Agency (SIRA), which is represented by H.E. Khalifa Ibrahim Al Saleis, was delighted to host a delegation of security leaders from the British Home office, accompanied by British Embassy Officials and Department Heads from SIRA.

The delegation visit comes as part of SIRA’s effort, as a leading security regulator, to actively seek collaboration opportunities with reputable entities, aiming at exchanging best practices within the regional and global security industry.

The delegation, led by Mr Mark Challen, the Deputy Director of Strategy and Capabilities at the Home Office, was welcomed by H.E. Al Saleis before embarking on a familiarisation tour.

The group visited the Licensing Department which serves as SIRA’s front-line gate for numerous smart services being offered to security providers (SSP) and Security Users (SSU) from both government and private sectors, the Meteorology and Controlling Department which embodies SIRA’s regulatory and quality control role in security systems’ standardisation.

They also visited the Security Training Affairs Department that develops a variety of the latest security training courses and certifies professionally trained and highly qualified security cadres in its effort to support commercial businesses in Dubai.

During a meeting, both parties discussed the future opportunities that the two entities could work together on while SIRA presented Dubai’s exemplary security experience and the unique vision behind its establishment to qualify the private security sector and bolster security compliance by improving all aspects, be it the implementation of the standards and systems, security people-power or customer happiness objectives under a rigorous governmental service excellence criteria for sustainable security protection.

“Security is a vital priority and we are committed to lead, hence we welcome cooperation with all governments, entities, specifiers and professionals for this industry to flourish” said H.E. Khalifa Al Saleis, CEO of SIRA, emphasising the importance of exchanging best practices within the security sector.

At the end of their visit, Mr. Challen commended SIRA’s pioneering vision and Dubai’s infrastructure as a safe and welcoming city, highlighting the close security collaboration between the UK and the UAE.

Mr. Challen also expressed his gratitude for the warm welcome and cordial hospitality extended to him and his delegation during the visit.

For more information, visit: www.sira.gov.ae

This article was originally published in the special September show edition of International Security Journal. To read your FREE digital edition, click here.

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