The legal framework and initiatives for promoting safety in the United Arab Emirates

Michal Grivna, Tar Ching Aw, Mohamed El-Sadig, Tom Loney, Amer Ahmad Sharif, Jens Thomsen, Mariam Mauzi, Fikri M. Abu-Zidan

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Injury is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The UAE is a rapidly developing country with fast economic growth, demographical and environmental changes that are associated with new hazards emerging at a similar pace. The UAE as a federal entity has federal and local systems responsible for safety policy, regulations and enforcement. To set priorities for safety promotion and injury prevention, it is necessary to have data on the most frequent external causes of injury and the main individual, equipment and environmental risk factors that contribute to injury. However good quality data for injury prevention are scarce. The aim of this paper is to describe the scale of injury as a public health problem in the UAE, and the development of safety policies, regulations and promotion efforts with special emphasis on traffic, occupational and child safety.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)278-289
Number of pages12
JournalInternational journal of injury control and safety promotion
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2012


  • child injury
  • injury prevention
  • occupational injury
  • road traffic crash
  • safety policy
  • safety promotion
  • traffic-related injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Safety Research
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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