Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, stressed the importance of looking ahead in his speech at the World Government Summit in Dubai on Monday.
This short film released by the Ministry of Interior accompanied the section of his talk that dealt with UAE handling the fire at The Address Hotel in Dubai on December 31, 2015.
Sheikh Saif cited the UAE as having worked for years to ensure readiness and maximum uptime for such challenges and crises.
Clear roles defined between the leadership, government and society with all components - municipality, media, police and civil defence - involved, the preparation to respond effectively at zero hour did not start on December 31, 2015. It started years earlier, he said.