Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (centre front) during his visit to the park on Friday Image Credit: WAM

Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi has opened Al Mes’hab Park, a new community space next to Abu Dhabi Police College.

The park was inaugurated on Friday by Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Office. The facility has been developed under a joint initiative between Abu Dhabi Police and the Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT), and celebrates traditional policing culture and heritage.

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Al Mes’Hab Park features recreational and sports facilities suitable for all age groups, including children’s play equipment and outdoor sports training equipment, as part of efforts to encourage community members to practise a healthy and active lifestyle.

Parades and performances

During his visit, Sheikh Khaled attended a parade by the Special Patrols Department, including cavalry, motorbike, bicycle, and Al Marsad patrols, which demonstrated their speed and response capabilities in line with the highest international standards of policing. He also witnessed a ‘tshouleeb’ art performance by the traditional mounted band, and a first-of-its-kind live exercise conducted by the Al Forsan Cavalry Team to demonstrate crowd control procedures using an electronic simulator.

In the middle of the park, visitors will find a statue of a ‘saqih’ horse – one of the original Sicilian mares - which was owned by the UAE’s Founding Father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and from which the logo of the Abu Dhabi Police knights was designed.

The park also features a plinth decorated with verses from the poems of Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed and the poet Abu Al Tayyib Al Mutanabbi, praising the beauty and strength of the Arabian horse.

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During the visit, Sheikh Khaled praised the progress that has been made in police work in the emirate, and the achievements of Abu Dhabi Police since the organisation’s inception in 1957. He also noted its important role in maintaining security and stability by adopting the latest technologies to enhance public safety, as well as its role in providing training to develop new talent and keep pace with rapid developments in global security.

Sheikh Khaled was accompanied by Mohamed Ali Al Shorafa, DMT chairman, Staff Major General Pilot Faris Khalaf Al Mazrouei, commander-in-chief of Abu Dhabi Police, Major General Maktoum Ali Al Sharifi, director-general of Abu Dhabi Police; Brigadier Mohammed Suhail Al Rashidi, director of the criminal security sector; Lieutenant Colonel Staff Pilot Sheikh Zayed bin Hamad bin Hamdan Al Nahyan, director of the special patrols department, and a number of other officers.