Highway training made mandatory for new drivers in Dubai

Training to drive on the highway for a minimum of two hours has been made mandatory to obtain a driving licence in Dubai, officials announced yesterday.
“After passing the road test, drivers will now have to undergo driving lessons along the highway, with trainers beside them, before they are issued a driver’s licence,” said Ahmad Hashim Behroozian, CEO of the Roads and Transport Authority’s (RTA) Licensing Agency.
“This will ascertain the drivers’ ability to cope with the vehicle as well as other vehicles on the road.”
He was speaking at the launch of the unified curriculum for all driving institutes in Dubai.
The unified curriculum for training and qualifying those wishing to obtain driving licences for light motor vehicles has been distributed to all institutes and has been put into effect since the start of this year, he said. Training on the highway is just one of the changes the new curriculum will introduce. Other significant changes include mandatory night driving lessons and lessons on sudden braking in case of emergency situations.
“It is a complete training package, which takes the learner from attitude development and road safety awareness to vehicle familiarisation, from driving in simple to complex road networks to night driving until finally to freeway driving.”
At present, every driving school has its own curriculum. “They all cover the major skills but by unifying we have put a structure around the training process and based on this the schools can come up with improvements,” Behroozian said.
The new curriculum — delivered in Arabic, English and Urdu — has two components. The theoretical component comprises eight basic lectures and videos — including road rules, attitude and accident case studies — which are mandatory for trainees to attend as they cover safety standards and groom them to become able drivers, he said. The practical component comprises five basic stages including emergency braking, parking exercises, night driving and highway driving.
No additional costs
The number of mandatory lessons will still continue to be 40 lessons. This way the curriculum will not mean any additional costs for the trainees, Behroozian said, adding that the drivers will benefit from better training at the same cost.
The curriculum will follow a systematic progressive teaching method, whereby trainees will have to demonstrate their proficiency before being allowed to progress to the next step.
Three specific areas along the highway have been identified by RTA for training drivers, Hussain Al Saffar, Director of Drivers Training and Qualification department at the RTA, told Gulf News.
The road connecting the Business Bay crossing to Al Hadiqa Road, Emirates Road from near the Sharjah boundary up to Al Aweer Interchange and Al Aweer road leading towards Hatta are the areas identified.
“While driving along the highway, trainees will not be assessed because they would already have passed the road test. But the training is a means of managing risk on the highways,” he said.
Asked if the new curriculum will make it easier or harder for aspiring drivers, Sultan Al Marzouqi, Director of the Drivers Licensing department, said that the RTA’s focus is on allowing only safe drivers on the roads.
“The pass rate at driving tests has more than doubled recently, going from 17 per cent on average between 2008 and 2010 to 30 per cent in 2011. Accidents and deaths have also come down. This means drivers are being trained better,” he said.

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Succession planning has been identified as a key issue that “keeps CEOs awake at night”. Organisations that implement effective succession planning and career development ensure business continuity while motivating and retaining their talent. In the GCC region it is a key driver of localisation by ensuring that there are strategies in place to meet our challenging localisation targets.

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The goal of this course is to provide compliance officers and managers with skills that can be immediately used upon return to the organisation. You will learn to appreciate the extent to which organisations and their public officers are exposed to in the ever-increasing regulatory environment, how to identify the compliance issues that have the most significance for you and how to introduce a compliance management programme within your organisation.

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As the global economy continues to pass through a period of uncertainty, the ability of finance professionals to effectively analyse financial statements and make decisions based on this analysis is increasingly important. Assessing the financial health of a company can be a complex task and a simplistic approach to financial analysis can potentially lead to misleading (and costly) decisions.
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ICDL’s new ‘IT Security’ certification program.

Cybercrime is a growing threat for active Internet corridors in the Middle East, ICDL’s new ‘IT Security’ certification program designed to arm computer users against today’s digital dangers.
 Recent high profile cyber incidents in the region have highlighted the increasingly complex, sophisticated and organized nature of cybercrime. According to a Symantec Internet Threat Report 65% of adults globally have fallen prey to cybercrime; the incurred costs of these cyber attacks amount to nearly $114 billion annually as highlighted by another Cybercrime report published by Norton. More than two-thirds of adults who spend time online have been a victim of cybercrime in their lifetime. Cybercriminals attack by the second, resulting in more than one million victims globally every day; that is two citizens every minute in the UAE alone, second only to Saudi Arabia.

These facts underline a growing threat in a region experiencing a rapid surge in technology use by individuals. As of December 31, 2011, the Middle East has posted the second highest regional increase in Internet usage for the period 2000 to 2011 at a rate of 2,244.8 per cent. The GCC region posts the highest Internet growth in the Arab World with around 4 million Internet users that account for a 10 per cent Internet penetration rate.
Individuals at home and in the workplace with low to medium computer experience are especially susceptible to Internet fraud and attacks as they consider themselves adequately protected by their software and hardware, unaware that criminal elements have the advanced skills and persistence to break into their systems.
In response to the growing need for an adapted security awareness programme that addresses these risks at the individuals’ level, ICDL GCC Foundation introduced the new “IT Security” module. This Security focused programme provides the learner with an essential understanding of how to use a computer in a safe and secure manner, protecting personal data and that of other users. With “IT Security”, ICDL will intensify and support government efforts to educate the general public on the best practices of cyber safety.
The new module also provides flexibility and a wider range of options for achieving the ICDL certification. Candidates will now have the choice to take IT Security as an additional module to the ICDL package or replace any of the 7 required modules with this new unit to gain the ICDL Certificate.Individuals can also choose to take IT Security as a standalone certification.
By providing a more flexible approach to certification, ICDL GCC Foundation is responding to market demand; people either want or need to be certified in a broader range of activities from which they can choose.
ICDL-accredited centers will be offering the new ICDL Module 12 – IT Security to impart essential skills on the secure daily use of ICT, such as the use of techniques and applications to protect network connections; data and information management; proper Internet etiquette or ‘netiquette,’ responsible use of Social Media, and Parental Control. Participants will gain a solid understanding of the key concepts related to the importance of secure information and data, physical security, privacy and identity theft.
The module’s content categories include Security Concepts, Malware, Network Security, Secure Web Use, Communications, and Secure Data Management.
“The dangers of the Internet must not be taken lightly. Left untended, security gaps in the home or office network could lead to disastrous results such as identity theft or even physical attacks. The occurrence of cyber-crimes in our region has proliferated due to the lack of awareness, and the lack of educated prevention by the user. The ICDL IT Security module arms computer users with the prerequisite skills to create robust defenses to their offline and online environments, providing them with a valuable asset amidst the surge in Internet activity being experienced throughout the Gulf region,” said Jamil Ezzo, Director General of the ICDL GCC Foundation
ICDL is the world’s most recognized ICT certification widely known and respected for its ethos of not-for-profit and vendor neutrality. Like the program’s 11 other existing modules, ICDL Module 12 – IT Security has been designed to provide real-world examples that make practical skills relevant and deliver content that references relevant studies and statistics. It addresses the need to keep pace with technology advancements and raises awareness on the basics of protecting and preserving data, identity and privacy.
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