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Dubai Police Museum to be world's largest policeman's cap

New building expected to enter the Guinness World Records

  • By Noorhan Barakat, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 22:00 April 29, 2014
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: ATIQ-UR-REHMAN/Gulf News
  • Dubai Police’s new museum, which will be in the shape of a policeman’s cap

Dubai: Dubai Police have revealed plans to build what is expected to enter the Guinness World Records as the largest policeman’s cap, which will also house the new Dubai Police Museum building, a senior police official said.

Maj Gen Abdul Rahman Mohammad Rafei, Director-General of the Department of Community Services at Dubai Police, said the new building will be four floors high and will overlook both Al Ittihad road and Al Mulla Plaza.

The museum’s budget has been approved and the preliminary plans are under way, Maj Gen Rafei said.

He added that the museum will built at Dubai Police’s Headquarters but will be positioned in a way that complements Al Qiyadah Metro station and Metro passengers can see the museum as they pass.

Educating the public

The old museum, which is also at Dubai Police Headquarters, documents the achievements of the police force since its inception in 1956, as well as educates the public on how law and order is maintained.

The old museum houses many artefacts that were used by Dubai Police as well as photos. For instance, there are photos documenting various phases of Dubai Police — including photos of the first female police force.

There are also weapons used and confiscated by Dubai Police, old uniforms, old telecommunications equipment, old radars and brochures as well as samples of some of the ways drugs were smuggled into the country.

The new museum will have all that and more, as the new building is significantly larger than the old museum.

Research halls will also part of the new museum, where researchers who are working on papers related to Dubai Police can easily access the information they need.

Maj Gen Rafei said the shape of the new museum was the idea of Lt Gen Dahi Khalfan Tamim, the Deputy Chairman of Police and General Security and the former Dubai Police Chief.

He said that Lt Gen Dahi said museums usually look traditional, but Dubai Police always looks for new things and that is why he said he chose this modern unique design.

Work started on the first Dubai Police Museum in 1985 and it was opened in 1987. Maj Gen Rafei said the museum was also the brainchild of Lt Gen Dahi.

“We were on an inspection tour of one of Dubai Police’s warehouses near Rashid Port where there was old and unused equipment. He told me that it was a waste to destroy or leave the old equipment there to waste away, and said the new generations should have a chance to see and know about those memories,” Maj Gen Rafei recalled.

Maj Gen Rafei said everything that has to do with the museum was a Dubai Police in-house effort, as even the carpentry and metal work involved is done by a team from Dubai Police.

In 2006, a fire broke out in the museum, but nothing irreplaceable was lost in the fire, Maj Gen Rafei said. The museum was reopened in 2008.

Maj Gen Rafei said that the museum is constantly being updated.

The museum attracts thousands of visitors each year, including international delegations, pupils and researchers.

Comments (6)

  1. Added 18:48 April 30, 2014

    Let's hope this is a joke. In the world of educated Architects we learn to call these odd object-look-a-like buildings "Ducks" or kitsch. Ever since the book by Robert Venturi called "Learning from Las Vegas" coined the term over 40 years ago.

    JD, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 16:00 April 30, 2014

    Totally agree with the first poster. This is simply awful and doesn't belong in modern Dubai. It's reminsicent of the 1990's buildings Hard Rock Cafe and Lamcy Plaza. Also, the building is limited to a single use. If a modern glass structure was created, it could house a combined museum for Dubai Police, Customs, and maybe even the Fire Service. Something with a theme of Safety. Security. Honour. This comedy hat makes a mockery of the Police Force.

    Neil, Dubail, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 15:25 April 30, 2014

    Who said money brought style.. that hideous!!

    james, Dubai, United Kingdom

  4. Added 15:09 April 30, 2014

    A police cap desgn, cmon guys Dubai is better than this

    M A, Dubai, United Kingdom

  5. Added 12:29 April 30, 2014

    Apologies if this doesn't sit well with the architect or the conceptualizing team. But such architecture is archaic by the time it's inaugurated... why not create an abstract sculpture or architecture that might reflect the essence of the great important job Police officers do... something that stands the test of time and is more inspiring and sublime; more sophisticated. After all, Dubai Police is sophisticated and the emirate is one of the most technologically advanced countries when it comes to police work.

    Aljoispa, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 12:07 April 30, 2014

    i am desperate to find out who is the designer for the building?! PLEASE!

    maryam, dubai, United Arab Emirates

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