Dubai Police win SWAT challenge
Commandos from 26 countries test their skills in an intense competition
Commandos from 26 countries test their skills in competition
The Swat (Special Weapons and Tactics) team prepared to storm a tower, with a sniper to provide cover, and entered a building where a group of terrorists had taken someone hostage.
The team broke into the tower and climbed down while shots were fired and commanders shouted out to cross the finish line.
This simulation was played out at the Dubai Police’s Al Ruwaiyah Training Centre off Emirates Road as Swat commandos from 26 countries showed off their tactical and physical skills in five tasks representing different scenarios.
The five-day event that ran from February 9 to 13 featured 46 teams participating across five categories that tested the skills of special armed response units from around the world. They staged mock hostage rescues, raids, rescuing injured officers, taking the tower challenge and overcoming obstacle courses in a bid to be crowned the most competent force. Cash prizes of $170,000 (Dh624,413) were given out during the event, including a prize of $10,000 for the top three teams daily. The UAE Swat Challenge is being held under the patronage of His Highness Lt General Shaikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior.
Major General Abdullah Khalifa Al Merri, CommanderIn-Chief at Dubai Police, said
that this year’s challenge was intense. “It is a great event as police forces from around the world showed their tactical skills. It was a strong challenge and very close,” Al Merri told
Captain Christian Jmenez, commander of the Chile team and a Swat member for 11 years, told Gulf News: “This challenge is of a world-class standard. It’s very tough.”
Members of the UAE Swat team in action ■ during the Dubai challenge.
The Netherlands Swat team competes ■ during the Dubai Swat Challenge.