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Sheikh Hamadan bin Mohammed and Lieutenant General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri standing for photo with the Dubai Police all women Swat team Image Credit: DMO

Dubai: Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai, on Thursday attended the 4th edition of the UAE SWAT Challenge, being held at the Dubai Police training centre in Al Rowaiyah, from 20 — 24 February.

Sheikh Hamdan was briefed by Lieutenant General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police, about the special task forces taking part in the event from across the world.

The teams participating in the Challenge will be competing in five tests — tactical, assault, officer rescues, tower events and obstacle courses. Al Marri said these challenges, which will assess the tactical acumen, mental focus and physical endurance of the teams, have been designed to promote the exchange of expertise and the development of SWAT capabilities. The UAE SWAT Challenge 2023 features 55 teams from all over the world.

Sheikh Hamdan also attended an event at the UAE SWAT Challenge 2023 in which Dubai Police’s first all-woman SWAT team, known as the Dubai Police C team, displayed their skills.

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Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police Lieutenant General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri briefing Sheikh Hamadan about the UAE Swat Challenge during this visit on Thursday Image Credit: DMO

Special forces

The Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police praised the support that Sheikh Hamdan has extended to Dubai Police’s special forces, which has enabled them to adopt global SWAT best practices. He noted that the all-woman SWAT team of Dubai Police is a unique addition to the organisation’s special task forces.

Members of the female SWAT team have received extensive specialised training in every aspect of SWAT missions, including tactical shooting, raids, snipers and endurance, which enabled them to gain the high level of skills needed to compete in local and international competitions, he said.

Female Swat

Al Marri further said Dubai Police is proud of its female personnel, who are ambitious and eager to master the skills needed to excel in specialised fields. He noted that their performance in the 6th Police Championship for Special Teams, organised by the Police Sports Federation and Dubai Police, was exceptional.

At the end of the visit, Sheikh Hamdan received a memento from the all-woman SWAT team, as a token of their appreciation for his support. He also posed for a commemorative photo with the heads of teams participating in the UAE SWAT Challenge 2023.