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Serbia's first Smart Police Station set up with the help of UAE expertise. Image Credit: Supplied

Dubai: Serbia has unveiled its first Smart Police Station, leveraging the advanced expertise of the UAE in the development and implementation of smart policing technologies and practices.

The establishment of the new hi-tech police facility in the Serbian capital, Belgrade, reinforces the strong strategic relations and cooperation between the UAE and Serbia, in line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE; Aleksandar Vučić, President of Serbia; and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai; and the directives of His Highness Lieutenant General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of the UAE; Bratislav Gašić, Serbian Minister of the Interior; and Lieutenant General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police.

The initiative is inspired by the pioneering success of Dubai Police’s Smart Police Stations (SPS), which provide security and community services around the clock, without human intervention. The venture is the product of a strategic engagement and collaboration between the two nations, under the guidance of Lieutenant General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, marked by exchange of expertise in security, policing and crime prevention.

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Top officials involved in the Smart Police Station project. Image Credit: Supplied

Bratislav Gašić, Serbia’s Minister of the Interior, expressed his gratitude to the UAE for its support in establishing Serbia’s first Smart Police Station. He said the project is a testament to the growing partnership and close relations between the two countries. “This venture is a significant milestone in our collaborative efforts and represents our common commitment to advancing public services and security,” remarked minister Gaši.

He noted that Dubai Police is an important strategic partner to the Ministry of the Interior of Serbia. He expressed the hope that Serbia and the UAE would continue their collaboration in various areas of mutual interest, bringing benefits to the citizens of both nations.

Lieutenant General Al Marri said the launch of the first Smart Police Station in Serbia reflects the UAE’s strategic aspirations to bolster international partnerships and relations, in line with the forward-thinking vision of Sheikh Mohammed. “This collaboration epitomises the UAE’s commitment to sharing innovative government practices globally, with the aim of raising living standards and contributing to human advancement,” Al Marri said.

He said the collaboration has facilitated the transfer of the UAE’s pioneering knowledge and innovation to Serbia. “Our shared objective is to transform Serbian police stations, combining Emirati innovation and Serbian security expertise. These smart police stations will provide various services in multiple languages 24/7 without human intervention, mirroring the SPS in Dubai,” said His Excellency.

Al Marri extended his appreciation to the Emirati and Serbian teams who collaborated to bring this project to fruition, reinforcing the strong bilateral ties between the two countries. He reiterated the UAE’s steadfast commitment to supporting its global partners in their endeavours.