Dubai Police has launched the UAE SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) Challenge 2020, under the patronage of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of the United Arab Emirates, Lt General Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan. This challenge, being held at the Al Ruwayaa Training City from 9 to 13 February, will consist of competitions between 54 elite teams from 30 countries, who will compete in various scenarios like overcoming obstacle courses, rescuing injured officers or hostages, participating in the tower challenge, etc. Dubai Police also issued a noise alert to people residing near the Dubai Police Academy as training for the challenge commenced there.
More details of the SWAT Challenge were shared during a press conference. Commander-In-Chief at Dubai Police, Major General Abdullah Khalifa Al Merri said, “The competition is an expression of the country’s reputation in organising big events. It is a good chance to exchange expertise from the best squad and tactical teams in the world. Despite the teams coming from different training schools, they are united in securing societies.”
A video clip of the ongoing training was posted on social media by UAE SWAT Challenge’s official account, along with the caption, “Tactical units from across the world are leaping their way through training exercises at Al Ruwayyah Training City, in preparation for the #UAESWATChallenge 2020 that kicks off tomorrow!”
New teams from China, Pakistan and Chechnya, are also competing this year. Members of the public can also attend parts of the competitions and more than 500 tickets have been sold. Maj-Gen Al Marri attended some of the ongoing training being conducted by the teams of the UAE Ministry of Interior, Saudi Arabia and the Chechen Republic. He appreciated the organising committee’s level of readiness and also met with the panel of judges, which consists of 34 members from the UAE and the United States.