Dubai's mounted police carried out almost 800 patrols during the first half of 2023

More than 570 cars were seized in operations carried out by Dubai Police on horseback

Dubai Mounted Police officers, in Al Aweer, patrol residential and commercial areas to insure residents are staying safe indoors during COVID-19 lockdown. They patrol the streets from 6PM to 6AM.

The officers of the Dubai Mounted Police unit have been playing a multifaceted role in the emirate for over four decades. 

The department was established in 1976 with seven horses, five riders and four horse groomers. Today it has more than 130 Arabian and Anglo-Arabian horses, 75 riders and 45 groomers.

All of the horses are former racehorses who went through a rigorous three-month-training programme before joining the police force. Currently, the department has two stables – one in Al Aweer, that houses at least 100 horses, and the other in Al Qusais, that houses 30 horses.

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Dubai's mounted police carried out about 800 patrols during the first six months of the year.

Their efforts resulted in the seizure of more than 570 cars that were involved in criminal activity or were sought for recovery due to breaching traffic rules.

There were six arrests in the operations and more than 460 traffic notices were handed out by police on horseback.

Maj Gen Mohammed Al Adhab, Director of Dubai Mounted Police, said that emphasised the robust security strategy in the emirate that combined traditional and modern policing techniques.

"Dubai Police have a rich heritage of incorporating horses into their operations, a tradition dating back to the 1970s,” he said.

"In addition to these patrols that allow mounted police officers to reach places that conventional vehicles cannot access, they are also involved in inspecting suspects, examining suspicious and abandoned vehicles and safeguarding sports facilities.

“The centre's horse-mounted officers ensured the security of 16 sporting matches, and relayed a total of 71 pieces of security information to the general directorate of criminal investigation.”

The department has earned international recognition from the British Horses Organisation for using cutting-edge methods to educate trainers at the centre and train the horses.

The centre also conducts specialised training that focuses on experienced and new riders and offers therapeutic training programmes for people with disabilities.

“The therapeutic training division trained 79 people of determination and rehabilitated five horses,” said Maj Gen Al Adhab.

The centre has about 100 horses, maintained by professional vets.

Members of the local community also have opportunities to volunteer with the mounted police team, contributing to a sense of shared responsibility for public safety.

“Volunteers joined forces with mounted police teams, actively participating in 92 patrols,” said Maj Gen Al Adhab.

Updated: August 21, 2023, 8:29 AM