Dubai Police has unveiled its new innovative project during GITEX 2019. Dubai will get the world’s first floating seahorse Smart Police Station (SPS), in the middle of the sea, on The World Islands in 2020. Announcing the launch of this project, Dubai Police shared pictures from GITEX and wrote on Twitter, “#DubaiPolice unveil its groundbreaking project during #GITEX2019; the world’s first Floating Police Station on The World Islands.” This project has been launched two years after emirate’s first smart station was opened at City Walk. The floating SPS, which will also be humanless, will cater to the needs of people at sea and residents of The World Islands, who will be able to report crimes and traffic incidents, and enjoy other community services.
The automated station project was recently launched at GITEX by UAE’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, Shaikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. He was accompanied by several senior Dubai Police offers, including the commander in chief, Major General Abdullah Khalifa Al Merri, who said, “The SPS witnessed a huge success in providing police services without human intervention. The new station will help residents of the islands and sea users access Dubai Police services in an easy way.
His excellence, Hamdan Bin Mohammed. (picture: Dubai Media Office)
He also said that this ‘extraordinary, unique and pioneering project’ had grabbed the attention of police and security institutions around the globe and they were interested in replicating it in their countries.
The floating station will be the fourth SPS station in Dubai. It will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and provide 27 key services. It will also offer 33 fully automated sub-services in six languages. Below is a list of the main services to be offered at the new station:
• Reporting of crimes
• Filing of criminal complaint
• Police report inquiry
• Traffic fines payment
• Reissuing traffic accident report
• Payment of impound fees
• Traffic status certificate
• Vehicle inspection request
• Verification of driver
• Labour complaints
• Good-conduct certificate
• Home security
• Police leaders at your service
• Lost-and-found items
• Lost-item certificate
• Detainee visit request
• Tourist security
• Application status
• Heart patient service
• Social support in family violence cases
• Police museum tour
The floating station will have facilties to ensure the yachts and boats can be docked without human intervention. It will be developed in collaboration with Kleindienst Group, which also developed Heart of Europe in Dubai. Founder and Chairman of the Kleindienst Group, Josef Kleindienst revealed the partnership with Dubai Police was ‘based on innovation and creative engineering’. He said, “We were the first company in the workd to develop a classic and unique idea of living on floating villas above and under the water. We are pleased with our cooperation with police to build the first floating SPS.” He said the Group was ‘committed to supporting Dubai’s vision on sustainability, innovation and safety’.
Apart from providing a range of police services, the floating SPS will also play an important role in promoting sustainability and marine life protection in the UAE. UAE residents, tourists and school students will be invited for a series of tours to the SMS in order to see the impact of the development on the marine ecosystem. Josef said the The Heart of Europe project ‘is gaining momentum’ and that SPS was a good example of the amenities available to the waterfront community. “Our vision for protecting underwater life is also being realised through the vital role the stations will play in promoting sustainability,” he added. The floating seahorse SPS is expected to open in the first quarter of 2020.