The UAE search and rescue unit has carried out a joint drill with teams from the GCC to ensure it is fully prepared in the event of an earthquake.
The drill was carried out at the UAE team's camp in Al Shlila, Abu Dhabi, and included teams from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain.
It focused on measuring the team's response capabilities in cases of natural disasters and buildings collapsing.
Colonel Mohammed Abduljalil Al Ansari, head of search and rescue at Abu Dhabi Police, said in 2009 the team was classified in the "medium" category according to the international standards.
The drill is part of its preparations to qualify for the "heavy" category.