In conjunction with SEI - The Bondi rescue team visited Dubai in 2010
Many locals drown in Dubai - due to Arab laws only allowing local qualified lifeguards or medics to perform any lifesaving procedures (rescues, CPR) which mean that due to a lack of trained lifeguards, most patients will either drown or go untreated and die. It is a long term ambition in Dubai to utilise Australia's specialised lifeguards to train more locals to be able to perform these lifesaving procedures to save more lives.
Expats are only allowed at 2 of the beaches which allow skin to be shown. They are not allowed to mix with locals as the locals are not allowed to wear bikinis. It is estimated around 50 expats drown each year in Dubai in surf no larger than 3ft - mostly Indians at these unpatrolled beaches.