Construction has commenced on First Security Group’s corporate headquarters and security training institute in Dubai Academic City, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The institute is said to become the region’s first security training hub aimed at enhancing professional security skills through the use of technology, as per a press release published via Zawya

A ground-breaking ceremony was held, with the company’s chair and major general Sharafuddin Sharaf, alongside various board members and dignitaries, in attendance. 

The project, valued at Dh55m ($5.47m), will be constructed on a 979,447ft² plot and will feature a built-up area of 7,464m². 

Designed to accommodate 500 students, the facility will provide advanced training equipment, a health club, a swimming pool, parking space for 150 cars, and ten electric vehicle charging stations. 

First Security CEO, board member, and group major general Abdulaziz Al Bannai said: “The First Security Training Centre will help security professionals to upskill and reskill themselves. 

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“With growing demand of advanced security intelligence, we are going to deploy the best training combination by bridging the gap between theory and practice. Once running in full capacity, it will attract security personnel from other emirates as well as other countries.” 

Mimar Architecture and Engineering, a company with more than 25 years of experience, has been appointed for the master plan design and engineering consultancy of the project.

Mimar Group vice-chair and UAE managing director Mohammed Al Shurafa said: “Together, we translated their [First Security’s] vision into a design that prioritises balanced proportions for a clear, visually pleasing, and comfortable space.  

“Utilising simple geometric forms, the architecture evokes a sense of strength, honesty, and professionalism.” 

The centre is expected to be operational by the third quarter (Q3) of 2025.