Forensic Science in the Middle East

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Source:  Barry Fisher, MS, MBA, AAFS Past President 1998-99

Dubai is a long airplane ride from Los Angeles, nearly 16.5 hours to be exact. But it is worth the trip. I was honored to be an invited speaker at the Emirates International Forensic Convention and Exhibition sponsored by the Dubai Police and organized with the able assistance of Index Conferences and Exhibitions. In addition to welcoming remarks that I was asked to make at the opening, I also delivered a presentation regarding forensic science in the United States and discussed the increased importance of statistics to forensic science evidence proffered in court.


Dubai is the most populous city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the capital of the Emirate of Dubai. The city is cosmopolitan and contains many examples of ultramodern architecture. It is home to Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower, a striking edifice standing over 160 stories — 2,716.5 feet tall.

The Forensic Science laboratory is part of the Dubai Police and is housed in a new, modern facility with nearly every piece of modern laboratory equipment imaginable. The staff is highly qualified and has trained in universities around the world.


Dubai is a mix of traditional Middle Eastern culture and an extraordinary amount of western sophistication and the hospitality is amazing.

At the conclusion of the conference, an International Forensic Science Council was established to help implement plans for a second annual meeting to be held in April of 2018.

If you have a chance to visit the UAE, it is definitely a trip worth taking.