Thanks to a unique blend of artificial intelligence, drones, a K9 unit, and a rapid intervention team, Dubai Customs has officially launched the first integrated control system in the world. This system has been termed as the “Siyaj (Fence) Initiative” and fully supports efforts against counterfeit trade shipments while progressing trade operations.
“We feel proud today that our borders are more secure and our trade is streamlined following the wise vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai,” said HE Sultan bin Sulayem, DP World Group Chairman & CEO and Chairman of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation.
“This initiative is an embodiment of the team spirit and the honest efforts that everyone at Dubai Customs always strives to maintain. We hope this initiative adds up to our cumulative work in the field to maintain the leading position the UAE enjoys worldwide.”
The Siyaj initiative relies on regularly updated data to effectively deliver the level of security it was designed for. Among the features found within the Siyaj system include a vessel that tracks and controls ships prior to their arrival at the port, inspection systems, and a set of cameras and devices for surveillance.
These features work in tandem with the rapid intervention teams for a faster, more reliable action turnaround time. The continued efforts further reiterate the success of Dubai Customs in halting counterfeit items and protecting the security of trade operations.
“Dubai Customs plays a vital role in thwarting smuggling of drugs and other illegitimate goods. In this regard, we cooperate and coordinate with the relevant authorities worldwide to intercept any suspicious or hazardous shipments before they enter the country.,” Director General of Dubai Customs, Ahmed Mahboob Musabih said.
“Customs authorities in the UAE made 4,450 customs seizures in 2019, and this initiative will cement the security efforts following the vision of Dubai Customs of becoming the leading customs organization worldwide supporting legitimate trade. We highly commend the efforts behind this leading initiative which will not only enhance the security of our borders but will also facilitate trade and supply chains.”