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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 18 December 2018

Dubai Police officers take fitness challenge to the dunes

Dubai Police were among the first organisations to announce their participation in the fitness challenge

Screenshot from a video posted on Dubai Police's Facebook page of officers running up sand dunes as part of their exercise routine for the Dubai Fitness Challenge. Dubai Police
Screenshot from a video posted on Dubai Police's Facebook page of officers running up sand dunes as part of their exercise routine for the Dubai Fitness Challenge. Dubai Police

Dubai Police officers began their day with intense morning exercises on Wednesday as part of their pledge to take part in the Dubai Fitness Challenge.

A video shared by Dubai Police showed the officers running up and down a steep sand dune in Al Khawaneej.

At one point the officers join hands to charge up the dune, kicking up plumes of sand.

Dubai Police were among the first organisations to announce their participation in the fitness challenge launched by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai, this month.

But the gruelling sandy exercise is but part of their weekly routine.

“The exercise aims to enhance and increases the officers’ physical fitness," said First Lt Khalifa Al Roum, secretary-general of Dubai Police Youth Council, who also participated in the exercise.

Dubai Police also inspired the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP 2017), during a conference that took place in Philadelphia, US, to take part in the challenge.

In a video posted on Tuesday, the Philadelphia Police mountain bike team; James Dyment from Tiger Mountain Tactical in Seattle, Washington; former NBA player Shaquille O’Neal and Don Williams from Philadelphia police department, accepted the challenge.

Officers will be taking part in many of the activities organised during the Dubai Fitness Challenge, including the Dubai Cycle Challenge and Desert Warrior Challenge.

On Friday, police joined Sheikh Hamdan on the walk to fitness at Safa Park to kick-start the month of exercise.

The challenge has received a resounding response from residents, companies and government organisations.

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