UAE official: Games teaching children to kill
Director general of Dubai's Community Development Authority says more needs to be done to stem the rising tide youth of knife crime
A senior official in the UAE government has blamed video games for a rise in knife related crime in the country, claiming that they are teaching children how to kill.
Khalid Al Kamda, the director general of Dubai's Community Development Authority was speaking at panel of senior officials from Dubai Customs, Dubai Police, local communities, and the Ministry of Social Affairs, discussing the growing issue of violent crime amongst the country's youth, according to newspaper 7Days.
Al Kamda also blamed violent movies as playing a part in the growing issue.
He warned that the situation needs to be addressed immediately, but stopped short of calling for a ban. Instead, he suggested that more action needed to be taken to ensure that retailers and cinemas adhered to the rules that were already in place.
"Unfortunately, prevention of young children from attending films with adult ratings is a problem. Most cinemas don't adhere to the rules," he said. "There are also violent games on the web teaching youths how to kill and the stages of killing."
He also said that the country needs to increase its regulation of weapons. "Anyone can buy weapons from hunting centres. We stop youths buying cigarettes, but weapons and swords are easy for them to purchase."