How do you guard against natural disasters, not to mention headless ghosts and UFOs?
Security is an issue for every country; this compilation of articles from the 1970s
by Dr Athol Yates explores the UAE’s most testing moments.

Catastrophes, Crashes and crimes in the UAE - cover

Like any country, the United Arab Emirates has had its share of criminals, accidents, natural disasters and downright weird incidents. Most of these events merit a few pages in the newspapers before disappearing from history. This book brings tragic, strange and illuminating stories from the 1970s back to life in a compilation of 168 of the best, drawn from past UAE newspapers – UAE News, Emirates News, Abu Dhabi News and the Gulf Weekly Mirror.

The common theme of these articles is their impact on the safety, security and stability of the UAE, and they cover a vast range of topics from smuggling deaths to murders, from assassinations to plane hijackings, and from mermaid hoaxes to UFO sightings. Together, they not only provide a fascinating glimpse into the past, but many of them also still resonate today.

Catastrophes, Crashes and Crimes in the UAE is a glittering chronicle of the UAE’s initial years.”

Lisa Kaaki, Gulf News

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Civil Security Supplement

  • Civil Security Language Foundations – building students’ use of security specific language terms
  • Civil Security Activities – exploring civil security topics in relation to the articles
  • ESL Questions and Activities – to improve students’ English language skills.

In this teaching pack, which can be purchased alongside the book, Dr Athol Yates provides a guide to security and disaster management in the UAE. Through looking at past instances demonstrated in Dr Yates’ book, Catastrophes, Crashes and Crimes in the UAE, students can learn from real life situations how to respond in an emergency and provide the best security for the United Arab Emirates.

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About the author:

Dr Athol Yates teaches at the Institute for International and Civil Security, Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi, which offers a Masters Degree for Emirati security professionals. He teaches civil security, covering professional security practice, internal security and disaster management. His current research is on the security services of the UAE and former Trucial States, including the Dubai Police, Abu Dhabi Police, Abu Dhabi Defence Force, Ras Al Khaimah Mobile Force, Dubai Defence Force, Sharjah National Guard, Umm Al Quwain National Guard, Union Defence Force and the UAE Armed Forces.