The FINANCIAL — The Dubai Airports 5th Annual Safety & Security Excellence Awards, which were conducted recently, received 368 nominations for 25 award categories from 66 organisations in 2015. This year, the scope of awards was widened to recognise excellence in security and food hygiene.
“Safety and security have always been top priorities for Dubai Airports but their scope and magnitude has undergone a major change in recent years, especially with DXB emerging as the world’s number one airport for international passengers in 2014. DXB is expected to welcome 79 million passengers this year, and the number will only increase as we continue to grow, requiring us to accommodate that growth while deliver on and enhance on our safety and security commitment,” said HE Jamal Al Hai, Deputy CEO of Dubai Airports.
Dubai is preparing to welcome 126 million passengers, which will include participants and delegations to the Dubai Expo 2020, at its two airports DXB and Dubai World Central (DWC) by 2020, according to Dubai Airports.
A total of 25 awards were presented to organisations on the occasion with Dubai Police, Air BP and the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) winning the top three CEO awards for outstanding leadership in safety and security. Other winners included Emirates airline, Emirates Flight Catering, National Air Cargo, Transguard, Costa Coffee and teams from within Dubai Airports.
All the finalists were then adjudicated by a panel of jury members from organisations such as the Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC), Dubai Municipality, the GCAA as well as internal jury members from different units of Dubai Airports.
The award scheme was launched in 2010 with the aim of creating a robust safety culture throughout the airport community.