Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 18 September 2019

Call in the camelry: Abu Dhabi Police launch new desert patrol

Camel patrol to promote Emirati heritage

Abu Dhabi Police has launched its very on camel patrol — named Hajana. Courtesy Abu Dhabi Police
Abu Dhabi Police has launched its very on camel patrol — named Hajana. Courtesy Abu Dhabi Police

Move aside horses, there's a new patrol in town.

Abu Dhabi Police has launched its very on camel patrol — named Hajana — in a bid to embrace Emirati heritage while also increasing security and safety in the emirate.

Criminals will now have no where to hide with patrols roaming the city and the desert.

Maj Gen Mohammed Al Romaithi, chief of Abu Dhabi Police, said the initiative was part of a drive to increase local pride in Emirati culture as well as to reduce crime.

"Police have been trained to work with the camels in accordance with best practices to carry out their civic duty and prevent crime," he said.

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The dromedary — one-humped Arabian camel — is central to Bedouin culture. It's strength and docility make it a versatile animal capable of carrying heavy weight for long periods of time.

Throughout history they have served as a symbol of wealth and used as currency and can be valued at millions of dirhams. Today, camel races and beauty competitions are popular among the UAE community.

Updated: December 10, 2018 07:24 PM

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