The head of the Dubai police force has revealed that they will be replacing all their officers with UAE Police Force members. This comes as quite a surprise to many, as the UAE traditionally uses local forces from the likes of the DSS and the police force. However, this is not the case anymore, as the new policy will mean that all personnel will be UAE police officers. This is even though the UAE government has previously promised to reform its recruitment policies and give greater powers to local government authorities.
During the press conference on the new reforms, the head of the Dubai police force indicated that the new policy will not only introduce a UAE police force with the same standards and protocols that currently exist, but that it will also introduce new measures to prevent torture and other police abuses that take place in the country. This is a very welcome measure, as human rights violations are on the rise amid an increased sense of insecurity for locals and foreign tourists alike. However, it is important to note that this is not likely to happen anytime soon as the Sheikh has indicated that he plans to hold off on implementing major changes until the general elections take place. That means we will have to wait at least two years to see if his promise to reform the police is real or simply a campaign promise.
What exactly will be replaced? Two things will be lost: the ability to differentiate between Abu Dhabi and Dubai police, and the need for Abu Dhabi uniforms. The lack of these two elements is a significant loss, as the need for these uniforms will likely drive down the number of local police officers working in the city. Additionally, as the global economic recession continues to wreak havoc on Abu Dhabi, many are doubtful whether the Sheikh will be able to keep his promise and boost investment in the city. This will mean that the future of the Abu Dhabi Police will be uncertain, to say the least.
There are some encouraging signs for the future of the Abu Dhabi police force though. For one thing, the Sheikh has promised that the new uniforms will feature traditional Abu Dhabi dress styles. This means that uniforms for the police force will no longer be entirely like those worn in other countries, nor will they be white. The Abu Dhabi government has also made it clear that the new uniforms will feature unique logos. Though it has not yet offered any indication as to which company will design the new emblems, many local officials have speculated that it will be the German company Adidas. This would make good sense, as Adidas has been involved in hosting numerous sports events in the UAE and has had considerable success with their black, white, and red-striped uniforms.
So, although the future of the Abu Dhabi police force may be uncertain, the prospects for the uniforms themselves do look promising. In addition to Adidas, there are other companies that are said to be considering making uniforms for the police force in the future. It is hopeful that these companies will offer something more innovative and original than what we have seen from the past. Whether or not these companies choose to pursue this path remains to be seen, but one thing is for sure; the police force in Abu Dhabi should look forward to seeing these new uniforms in use in the next few years.
Currently, the United Arab Emirates (and UAE in general) use standard white tarp-style tents as a form of temporary protection from the scorching desert sun during the hot summer months. To keep these tents looking neat and tidy, many foreign-born laborers live in them, working long hours to clean and fix the tents and refilling them with water for the next day. The state department is reportedly thinking of replacing these temporary abodes with modern tents that feature durable canvas construction and comfortable, breathable fabric. This would mark a major improvement in the image of the UAE police force. For now, it appears that the Abu Dhabi police will have to continue searching for tape suppliers in Doha, Qatar, or Kuwait, as the local tape market has dried up.