Abu Dhabi: The UAE's National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA) will be hosting the activities of the 3rd Crisis and Emergency Management Conference (CEMC 2012) which will take place from January 16 to 17 in Abu Dhabi with the participation of the GCC countries, USA, the EU, Asia and other Arab countries.

The conference will be under the patronage of Shaikh Hazza Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Advisor and Vice Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Council and organised by the Institute for Near East and Gulf Military Analysis (INEGMA).

Jamal Al Hosani, director of information and communications technology at NCEMA, said: "The idea of this conference came from the need to develop the concepts of the crisis, disaster and emergency management and to deepen the overall national response culture to the risks threatening lives and assets."

Al Hosani added: "CEMC 2012 will also cover the concerns of taking advantage of all the internationally acquired means, methods and programs as well as our local accomplishments. CEMC 2012 aims to keep its participants at the cutting edge of the conceptual and practical aspects of responding to a plethora of potential large-scale emergency situations."

Nader Haddad, INEGMA's business development and strategic communications manager stated: "The attendance is expected to include a remarkable number of prominent high level governmental officials, decision makers, industry partners and NGOs in addition to security specialists from the region, Asia, Europe and the USA."

Haddad pointed out that the conference will witness a large number of international and local speakers who will discuss key issues that deal with crisis, disaster and emergency management and to put relevant appropriate solutions in addition to specialized workshops.

"The main topics that will be addressed during the conference are the strategic insights for planning and executing in post-disaster recovery operations, managing natural disasters and challenges as well as measuring resilience—community subsystems and their ability to withstand disasters," said Ali Rashed Al Niyadi, Director, of (NCEMA)'s Operations Department.

Al Niyadi added: "The event is designed to raise awareness and educate national crisis management communities and their partners in the UAE and GCC of the systems and processes to be employed during potential crisis scenarios."