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10th Annual
Fire Safety Forum UAE


31 March 2021, Palazzo Versace - Dubai

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Meet, Learn & Network

Fire Safety Forum UAE

The Fire Safety Forum is held annually by the General Command of Civil Defence to recognize achievements and trends in the firefighting, building and fire protection industries.

Under the patronage of the UAE Ministry of Interior and under the leadership of Major General Expert Rashid Thani Al Matroushi, General Director of Dubai Civil Defence, the Forum drives thought leadership and resilience building strategies for the protection of civilians and property in the UAE.

The Forum is one of the longest running government-led initiatives in the UAE involving international peers and the private industry. Since its launch in 2010 the Forum has grown into the leading annual platform for local and international fire safety experts with the aim to promote forward thinking solutions. The event creates a unique space for dedicated brands to demonstrate and communicate their commitment and expertise in safety. Through addressing current and future challenges brands position themselves publicly and reach decision makers from the government and private sector.

Over the course of the past 10 years the Forum has helped industry partners not only to be recognized for their achievements, but also to engage into a constructive dialogue with Civil Defence and their industry counterparts.





Dubai, United Arab Emirates


Wednesday (08:00 AM to 02:00 PM)

What else to expect

A personal invitation from Dubai Civil Defence inviting you to join them for Fire Safety Forum featuring:

  • Technical presentations by regional and international speakers
  • 250+ decision makers from the UAE Government and Private sector including – Ministry of Interior and Civil Defense Command representatives
  • Meet and network with senior staff of all UAE Civil Defense Department
  • A 30 min Exhibition tour led by Major General Rashid Thani Al Matroushi
  • Sponsor Awards Ceremony & Certificate of Attendance
  • Included lunch and coffee breaks in 5* Palazzo Versace hotel

Just another Conference…

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Meet, Learn & Network


  • 08:00 - 09:00

    Registration, Coffee and Refreshments

  • 09:00 - 09:05

    UAE National Anthem

  • 9.05 - 9.10


    Moderation, Welcome And Opening

    • Lt. Rashid Ali Bin Humidan, The Head of Contracts Section | Dubai Civil Defence
  • 9.10 - 9.15

    Foreign Trade Offices’ recognition for Civil Defence

  • 09:15 - 09:30


    10th Fire Safety Forum UAE – a decade of leadership in fire safety

    • Brig. Ali Al Mutawa, Assistant General Director Fire & Rescue | General Directorate of Dubai Civil Defence
  • 09:30 - 10:00

    UAE Fire and Life Safety Code Upgrade and Product Conformity Certification

    • Dubai Civil Defence
  • 10:00 - 10:45

    Exhibition Tour led by Major General Al Matrooshi and Coffee Break

  • 10:45 - 11:15

    Total Control - Fire Safety Preparedness for World Record Holders

    • TBA
  • 11:15 - 11:45


    Crowd Dynamics – whose Responsibility is it?

    • Duncan J. White, Principal Fire and Crowd Safety Consultant | Symphotech Ltd & Group Editor, MDM Publishing Ltd
  • 11:45 - 12:15


    NFCC: The Key to assured UK Fire Service Improvement

    • Roy Wilsher, Chair | National Fire Chief Council (NFCC)
  • 12:15 - 13:00

    Coffee Break

  • 13:00 - 13:45

    Future Steering Group Summary Presentation & Panel Discussion

  • 13:45 - 14:00

    Recognition and Award Ceremony

  • 14:00 - 15:00


  • Please note that this program is subject to change.

  • Steering Group Panels - Parallel Session

    Taking up the Forum’s theme “Our successes shape future permanency” the event hosts independent Steering Group panel sessions, which run in parallel to the Forum speaker program.

    Steering Groups meet at key stages during the course of a project and influence strategic decisions. They are made up of Subject Matter Experts who oversee a research project ensuring that protocol is followed by providing advice and troubleshooting where necessary. Steering Group Members represent different industry groups and process stakeholders. They also advise on impacts of changed legislation on their industry groups, and share current technical insights into safety aspects.

    The Fire Safety Forum Committee singled out six topics for Steering Group panel review which continue to dominate Civil Defence’s future safety strategy:

  • 10.00 – 10.45

    Future Steering Group I: Façade Testing

    Fires in Facades - Reducing risks from falling debris during façade fires

    During a fire, particularly those involving the façade, falling debris can be particularly hazardous. Debris can start secondary fires, diluting the fire-fighting effort or resulting in the team having to withdraw altogether. Debris can have significant mass and be fatal on impact. Which methods of reducing or mitigating this hazard can be recommended on expert level?

    • Chairman: Andy Dean, Head of Façade Engineering | WSP
      Group Member 1: Dubai Civil Defence
      Group Member 2: Emirates Safety Laboratory
      Group Member 3: TBA
      Group Member 4: TBA
  • 10.45 – 11.30

    Future Steering Group II: Active Fire Protection in Buildings

    • Chairman: TBA
      Group Member 1: Dubai Civil Defence
      Group Member 2: Emirates Safety Laboratory
      Group Member 3: TBA
      Group Member 4: TBA
  • 10.45 – 11.30

    Future Steering Group III: Passive Fire Protection In Buildings

    • Chairman: Ahmed Eldidi, Regional Development Manager – MENA | UL
      Group Member 1: Dubai Civil Defence
      Group Member 2: Emirates Safety Laboratory
      Group Member 3: TBA
      Group Member 4: TBA
  • 11.30 – 12.15

    Future Steering Group IV: Innovation in Building Materials

    • Chairman: Amer Bin Ahmed, International Board of Directors | ASTM & Managing Director | Knauf Middle East
      Group Member 1: Dubai Civil Defence
      Group Member 2: Emirates Safety Laboratory
      Group Member 3: TBA
      Group Member 4: TBA
  • 12.15 – 13.00

    Future Steering Group V: Electrical Cable

    • Chairman: TBA
      Group Member 1: Dubai Civil Defence
      Group Member 2: Emirates Safety Laboratory
      Group Member 3: TBA
      Group Member 4: TBA
  • 12.15 – 13.00

    Future Steering Group VI: Fire Fighting Foam Testing

    Fire Fighting Foams – where do we stand today?
    - Environmental impact: Transition from C8 to C6
    - Application in industries: municipal vs aviation vs industrial
    - In country testing and validation

    • Chairman: Daren Anthony Barthram, Director Airport Fire Services Operations | Dubai Airports
      Group Member 1: Dubai Civil Defence
      Group Member 2: Emirates Safety Laboratory
      Group Member 3: Mariusz Wojciech , Specialist Fire & Rescue | ADNOC
      Group Member 4: TBA
  • Attendance of Group Panels for a limited number of participants only. A summary of the panel’s findings and recommendations will be presented at the event’s “Steering Group Panel Discussion” (13.00 to 13.45) on the main stage.

Our Speakers


Major General Expert Rashid Thani Al Matrooshi, FIFireE

General Director | Dubai Civil Defence


With a Professional career beginning with the Armed Forces of the UAE, the Major General progressed through the ranks undertaking more senior managerial roles and was transferred to commence a strategic role with the Dubai Police Rescue Corps. Where he excelled and displayed a true passion for the Emergency Response sector. As a true visionary his abilities and talents would soon realize a new role as Director General of the Dubai Civil Defence. Whilst the dynamic of Dubai evolved he kept pace, carefully planning the future capabilities whilst proividing an effective Fire & Rescue Service. His pioneering initiatives like ensuring all commercial buildings in Dubai have a 24/7 moinitoring status, the introduction of new UAE Life safety Codes of Practice and UAE Standard Operating Procedures, various fire safety campaigns aimed at Risk Awareness and re-assuring all sectors that the Civil Defence is a highly skilled and motivated entity driven by the latest technologies and apparatus available for FRS, with a commitment to be always accessible for anyone at all times. As a first class leading agency for emergency response in the area and hence is often used as a 'benchmark' for the Region of the GCC. This has now culminated in the Major General being the Commander in Chief of the entire UAE Civil Defence forces.

Major General Rashid Thani Al Matrooshi, Director General, UAE Civil Defence Previously worked as Director of Transportation & Rescue Department - Dubai Police GHQ. He also holds the memberships of Permanent Higher Committee for Crisis & Disaster Management - UAE, Crisis & Disasters Management Team - Dubai, National Fire Protection Association - UAE, Police Operations Higher Committee - UAE, Health & Occupational Safety Committee - Dubai, Higher Committee for Framing National Polices & Strategies - UAE, Police Commanders Council - Ministry of Interior - UAE, Center for Ambulance Services Board of management - Dubai.

Major General Al Matrooshi has been awarded with the fellowship of the Institution of Fire Engineers In recognition of his initiatives and achievements towards fire and life safety within the community.


Brig. Ali Al Mutawa

Assistant General Director Fire & Rescue | General Directorate of Dubai Civil Defence


Ali Al Mutawa started his career in 1998 as a Corporal Watch Commander in Dubai. His role was multi-functional and included writing new training and development policies for operational crews, together with setting fire safety inspection regimes and controls. He gained his first degree in ‘Fire Science’ and a diploma degree in ‘Fires in Airports and Seaports’ in an international fire officer training program in Toronto, Canada in 1999. A year later Mr. Al Mutawa was was appointed as a District Officer taking charge of many incidents as the initial incident commander, whilst still continuing studies to advance the protection of life and property and his career.

In 2002 he was appointed as a Station Director focusing on policy writing for operations, communications and training. As the new operations control room was being developed and expanded in 2005 he was deployed as the Senior Group Officer responsible for staffing, training and equipping the control suite.

After graduating with a bachelor degree in ‘Law’ from Dubai Police Academy in 2007 and attaining another diploma for ‘Operations Room Management’ from Germany in 2014, he was promoted to the rank of Senior Assistant General Director for Smart Services, in charge of the department, and in 2017 to Assistant General Director for Smart Services.


Lt. Rashid Ali Bin Humidan

The Head of Contracts Section | Dubai Civil Defence


Lt. Rashid is a young officer who joined Dubai Civil Defence in 2015 and then appointed as the head of Contracts Section. He graduated with a bachelor degree in Law and Police Science. Lt. Rashid is a member of many committees and working teams and moderated many events and seminars.


Duncan J. White

Principal Fire and Crowd Safety Consultant | Symphotech Ltd & Group Editor, MDM Publishing Ltd


Duncan J. White has worked in the International Fire Sector for over 34 years; spending 30 years as an operational fire officer specialising in fire and crowd safety. As the UK Event Safety Lead for the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) he was responsible for developing and implementing strategy which enhanced and maintained public safety at events. During his operational career Duncan managed the event fire and crowd safety team for the Glastonbury Music Festival, the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay and Evening Celebrations and led crews attending the Buncefield Oil Terminal Explosion in December 2005. He is currently Group Editor for MDM Publishing Ltd, and Principal Fire and Crowd Safety Consultant for Symphotech Ltd.


Roy Wilsher

Chair | National Fire Chief Council (NFCC)


Roy began his career in the Fire Service in 1981, in North London leading onto various roles there and the West End. In 1996 Roy achieved a 1st Class B.Eng(Hons) Fire Safety Engineering. Becoming a Chartered Engineer in 2000. In 1998 Roy became Senior Divisional Fire Safety Officer, responsible for 11 boroughs in North and West London. Roy was project lead for the restructure of London Fire Brigade in 2001 and became Assistant Commissioner for Fire Safety in London in 2002. In 2004 Roy joined Hertfordshire as Deputy Chief Fire Officer and was appointed Chief Fire Officer in 2005. In April 2011 Roy took up an expanded role of Director for Community Protection and Chief Fire Officer for Hertfordshire, including county wide Trading Standards, Emergency Planning and the County Community Safety Unit. From April 2013 to March 2017 Roy was also Chief Executive for Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

Roy was appointed as the first Chair of the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) in December 2017. Chairing the Council, a UK wide body. Representing NFCC in national and international forums, providing support to Officers and Fire & Rescue Services, providing professional advice to Fire Service Management Committee, Home Office and the Devolved Administrations as appropriate.

Previously Chief Fire Officer for Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service Roy worked tirelessly to create one of the higher performing and lower cost fire services. Some of Roy’s most significant successes in Hertfordshire include:

  • Introducing the highly successful LiFE scheme; for young people, focusing on reducing arson, anti-social behaviour, as well as building confidence and problem solving skills.
  • Fire Gold through the largest peacetime fire at Buncefield Oil Terminal 2005.
  • Preparing and overseeing a successful 2012 Olympic Games’ national operation as lead National Strategic Adviser.

Roy has played and continues to play a significant role on a national and international level. His major roles and achievements include:

  • 2011 - strategic lead for the UK rescue response for the Japan earthquake and tsunami.
  • Director of Operations for Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA 2011-2017), Chair of Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Programme (JESIP) board since inception in 2012, Vice-chair of the National Fire Service Strategic Resilience Board, Chair of Fire Service National Operational Guidance Board 2012-2018, now overseeing the NFCC Central Programme Office.
  • Attending a number of major incidents: the Putney gas explosion, the mortar bomb attack on Downing Street, fire bomb attacks on Oxford Street and Operational Commander for the Paddington rail crash.
  • Project Director for Exercise Orion in 2010.
  • Lead National Strategic Adviser under the National Co-ordination and Advisory Framework (NCAF) since 2008.
  • Chair of CFOA’s National Operations Committee 2011-2017.
  • Member of Expert Panel advising Government following the Grenfell Tragedy
  • Advice to Fire Standards Board and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate for Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services
  • Represents Fire & Rescue on the Home Office Strategic Capabilities Board
  • Board Member Defence Fire Risk Management Organisation (DFRMO)
  • Children’s Burns Trust


  • Queen’s Fire Service Medal (QFSM) – Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2013
  • Awarded OBE in New Year’s Honours list 2007
  • Long Service and Good Conduct Medal 2002
  • Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal,
  • Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal


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 Conference Forum Committee:

Brig. Ali Hassan Al Mutawa FIFireE
Assistant General Director for Fire & Rescue, General Directorate of Dubai Civil Defence

Mahmoud Soliman Abdaljawad
Senior Translator, Dubai Civil Defence

Terry Johnson
Senior Fire Service Advisor, General Directorate of Dubai Civil Defence

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