United Arab Emirates
The United Arab Emirates is building a DNA database of its entire population.
The picture shows his Royal Highness Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, attending the signing of the first contract between Lieutenant-General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Interior, and Alan Matthews, communications director of the UK Forensic Science Service (FSS) in January 2006.
A list of the FSS contracts with UAE was provided in answer to a UK parliamentary question on 31st January 2011.
The initial two-year contract signed in January 2006 was worth over 1 million pounds to the FSS but the value of subsequent contracts has not been disclosed. The UK Government-owned FSS has since been closed down and UAE is expected to sign contracts elsewhere.
According to an Abu Dhabi Police Press Release from 28th October 2010, Denver District Attorney Mitchell R. Morrissey has trained the force in familial searching of the DNA database. Morrissey's Facebook page records his trip to UAE.
- Press releases
- Press articles
- Gulf News: Emirati scientist building world's biggest DNA databank of bedouins (14th August 2013)
- Gulf News: Dubai Police: Keeping one step ahead, always (7th June 2013)
- Khaleej Times: 'Father' baffled by DNA results (31st January 2013)
- Khaleej Times: Abu Dhabi Police acquire new DNA testing devices (7th December 2012)
- Khaleej Times: Filipinos told to make use of amnesty (29th November 2012)
- Khaleej Times: Forensic dept handled 31,578 cases in 2011 (28th October 2012)
- Khaleej Times: New building for forensic dept in 2yrs (19th July 2012)
- UAE: Student accused of spitting on officer (13th July 2012)
- Daijiworld: Dubai Police to Get Training in DNA Technology at Lucknow (10th November 2011)
- The Guardian: Prince Andrew urged to undergo human rights awareness training (11th March 2011)
- Public Service: Palace denies 'shameful' database link (11th March 2011)
LA Times: UAE: Government to create DNA database of all residents, starting with children (7th October 2009)
Reports that Sir Alec Jeffreys, the British geneticist who invented DNA fingerpinting, questioned the ethics of the UAE's planned database, calling for a "full transparent justification of why a universal database is needed compared with a criminal DNA database."
- Khaleej Times: Police to set up DNA database nationwide (19th January 2011)
- Gulf News: UAE aims to create DNA database in 10-year project (18th January 2011)
- Gulf Times: GCC mulls sharing personal data in war against crime, terror (26th November 2010)
The National: Single card for residents next year (13th October 2009)
Dr al Khouri said. "We have explored the issue of consolidating the DNA database with the national ID, but we agreed that at this stage we will not be doing that. The vision is to have one prime database."
TimeOut Dubai: UAE aims to begin collecting DNA samples from residents in a year (7th October 2009)
Reports that the UAE aims to begin collecting DNA samples from residents in a year. The order would probably be issued as a security directive and not require the passage of new legislation. The goal is to take 1 million samples a year with the project itself possibly taking up to 10 years.
- The National: DNA database set to start in a year (7th October 2009)
The National: DNA databank proposal raises privacy concerns (2nd October 2009)
Reports privacy concerns within UAE.
- Khaleej Times: Abu Dhabi Interpol Signs DNA charter (2nd November 2008)
- Gulf News: UAE set to sign DNA Charter in two weeks (27th October 2008)
- Gulf News: Inside the Dubai Police Forensics Laboratory (5th July 2007)
Kaleej Times: Police building unified DNA database to fight crime (20th March 2006)
Dr Colonel Ahmed Hassan Al Awadhi, Director of the Criminal Evidence Department at the Abu Dhabi Police General Directorate, announces that they have set the ground for a DNA database "which will contain the information on the DNA of each and every Emarati and expatriate living in the UAE" and that this is part of UAE's identity card project.
Arabian Business: Deal inked to develop criminal evidence lab (31st January 2006)
Reports that Prince Andrew said he was delighted at what he called the "first class partnership" between the UK Forensic Science Service Laboratory and the Abu Dhabi Police. He also expressed hope that this contract would be the beginning of a "long and developing relationship" between the UAE and Britain.
- FSS Press Release (January 2006) 31st January 2006
- Abu Dhabi Police Press Release: The Abu Dhabi Police and UK Forensic laboratory have signed a contract for rehabilitation and development of Abu Dhabi Police criminal evidence laboratory (25th January 2006)
7Days: DNA database (21st December 2005)
Reports that all residents of the UAE could soon be made to provide DNA samples to the government if new plans to compile a DNA database to help police solve crimes are approved. An unnamed spokesman states: "We are still working out the details and mechanisms of how those samples would be collected and used but most likely, saliva samples would be taken from people when they apply for their unified national identification cards". A person's DNA data would then be included on their ID cards - the mandatory cards are set to be introduced next year for both UAE nationals and expats and will also include other biometric information such as fingerprints.
- Gulf News: UAE 'needs genetic record bank' (6th August 2005)
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