Director General Message Title: H.E. Obaid Rashid AL Hassan Al Shamsi Director-General A supreme decision has been issued to establish the National Emergency and Crisis and Disasters Management Authority on 14-5-2007 as part of the organizational structure of the Supreme Council for National Security headed by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, to enhance the UAE’s capabilities and raise its readiness to deal with emergencies, crises and disasters through joint planning, training and coordination with the country’s various entities. There is no doubt that the establishment of the National Emergency and Crisis and Disasters Management Authority will help promote awareness in the region and enhance people’s knowledge in this field, introduce the national efforts and joint operations that the UAE is implementing in cooperation with the neighboring countries and the world, and make the UAE the first country in the region that focuses heavily on the issue of emergency, crisis and disaster management. The Authority seeks to establish quality and world-class concepts to deal with disasters, whether natural or man-made. The UAE and other countries in the region are well experienced in the area of emergency, crisis and disaster management and have many equipment and tools that enable them to do so. Therefore, the Authority focuses on supporting coordination between these entities being one of its top priorities, as well as developing national plans, and organizing exercises and training among these entities under the supervision of a single official entity. Finally, I would like to express my deepest appreciation and gratitude to His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Lieutenant General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and His Highness Sheikh Tahnoun Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Advisor, for their keenness to keep up with the political, economic and social internal and external developments so that the country is ready to cope with any regional and global developments and changes.