A Critical Review on Disaster Preparedness of the Emirati Energy Sector

Khalifa Al Khaili, Chaminda Pathirage, Dilanthi Amaratunga

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All disasters are said to follow a cyclical pattern referred to as the disaster cycle. The cycle is an overall view of stages within a continual loop of prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. Disaster preparedness is one of the stages of the disaster management cycle. Disaster preparedness is guided in a manner which adequately protects communities. It involves the identification of potential hazards and vulnerabilities through risk assessments, development of forecast and warning systems, modelling and training for a number of disaster scenarios of different hazards and at different magnitudes, development of insurance infrastructure and the growth of an intelligent community. The energy sector dominates in the UAE and consists of various assets - electricity, oil and natural gas that are geographically dispersed and connected by systems and networks. The protection of these systems and assets and within the energy sector especially, the safeguarding of oil and gas infrastructure from any and all internal and external threats should become top priority in the UAE. Threats to geopolitical and economic stability that need to be considered and prepared for include tectonic activity, climate change, nuclear energy, terrorism and war.
This paper discusses the current level of resilience in the Emirati energy sector and what can be done to improve it. The secondary data was taken from various academic and professional sources whilst the primary data, which constitutes 35 questionnaires with both qualitative and quantitative data, were collected on site at two electricity generating plants, one in Abu Dhabi and one in Dubai.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on Construction in a Changing World. CIB 2014
Subtitle of host publication International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 4 May 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventCIB International Conference 2014: Construction in a Changing World - University of Salford, Salford, United Kingdom
Duration: 30 May 201430 May 2014
https://research.hud.ac.uk/institutes-centres/gdrc/buildingresilienceconferenceseries/otherinternationalconferencesandsymposiums/cibinternationalconference2014/ (Link to Conference Information)
http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/25491/1/AmaratungaBook%20of%20Abstracts%20Final.pdf (Link to Conference Book of Abstracts)


ConferenceCIB International Conference 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
OtherIn order to deliver value, maintain competitiveness and address the needs of society, the construction industry will need to develop its capabilities for managing innovation and technical change. The 2014 CIB W55/65/89/92/96/102/117 & TG72/81/83 International Conference on Construction in a Changing World brought together resources and knowledge across different fields, technologies and disciplines to deal with the major challenges that construction professionals will be confronted with in the coming years.
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