Bomb Threat In Dubai

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19 Mar – Wanted to check out the St Mary’s Catholic church in Dubai but found the street leading to the church totally cordoned off by the police. My friend, Benedict advised that we can drive by but we should not stop, if not I would be questioned by the police. I was extremely puzzled.

Benedict then showed me another church across the road which was the St Thomas Orthodox Church. The road was totally deserted with police barriers lining the road and a police patrol car parked at the entrance of the church.

What’s going on? I have not read anything at all in the local media and would not have noticed anything amiss in Dubai if I have not decided to take a detour to check out the local church.

According to Benedict, the authorities had advised the churches in Dubai that they received some bomb threats which were scheduled to mar the Easter celebrations. As a precautionary measure, the police had decided to increase security at all churches and banned vehicles from parking near the churches since Palm Sunday.

Having lost in the incredible sights of modern Dubai and its cosmopolitan dwellers, I was suddenly reminded that under all the glitter lies the existence of sick individuals who would go at all lengths to wreak havoc and suffering to those who do not subscribe to their twisted beliefs. For that moment, I shivered at the thought of how vulnerable we all are. With all the progress we made, yet people are not allowed to worship in peace.

I am truly praying that nothing untold will happen this Easter, not in Dubai, not anywhere in the world.

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5 Responses to Bomb Threat In Dubai

  1. shorthorse says:

    Unfortunate tho it may be to hear of the bomb threats, it is also enlightening to see the authorities taking so much precaution in preventing a mishap…. Yes, it is saddening that mankind has resorted to terrorism & threats instead of taking the middle ground to find ways to live with each other & to tolerate the different beliefs and ways of life ……… Instead of seeing the beauty of diversity, MAN seems preoccupied to make enemies of each other. Tragic.

  2. Pink Jeans says:

    Actually I trust the security in Dubai more than in the UK! Lots of schools in that area, including the one we were associated with…wonder if the kids got extra holidays.

  3. asme says:

    It is just that bomb threats are so unheard of in Malaysia and it really shook me that behind the glitter of Dubai, such threats exist. Really brought me down to earth.

  4. bob says:

    DUBAI IS SO WESTERN ORIENTATED AND IS SO LIBERAL COMPARED TO OTHER MUSLIM COUNTRIES LIKE SAUDI THAT IM SO SUPPRISED THESE AL QAIDA ASSHOLES HAVE NOT DONE ANYTHING IN DUBAI YET.

    WONDER HOW MUCH THE GOVERMENT IS PAYING THEM TO KEEP US ALL SAFE IN DUBAI.

  5. asme says:

    Bob, I don’t think Dubai will ever be touched. Remember it is a financial centre for the Middle East and I am sure a lot of the funds are channelled through Dubai. Dubai is safe.

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