Abu Dhabi police launch camel patrol

Abu Dhabi police launch camel patrol

Abu Dhabi police have integrated camels in the department of its special patrols unit in the criminal security section.

Commander-in-Chief of Abu Dhabi Police, Maj Gen Mohammed Khalfan Al Romaithi confirmed the initiative was launched in tandem with celebrating Emirati heritage.

"Police have been trained in accordance with the standard of best practices to carry out their civic duty to prevent crime and communicate with the public," Gulf News cited Al Romaithi as saying.

The one-humped camels in the Arabian desert are called dromedary camels, and are referred to as the ‘ships of the desert’. Camels played an important role in Emirati heritage as they helped Bedouins transport goods, were often the main source of meat, milk and even wool.

Camels also served as a status symbol as the amount of wealth was reflected in the number of camels a person owned. They were also used as a form of currency, and could also be very profitable if they won camel races or beauty contests.