Dubai Police are more likely to be found in the street than in the sea, but in honor of the Year of Zayed, the city's police force picked up a different beat this week, surprising post-holiday shoppers at the world's biggest mall.
In a video posted online by Dubai Police a group of officers from the Dubai Police Academy donned wet suits as they headed into the mall's main aquarium.
The aquarium, which is home to a large number of fish, sting rays, and even sharks, allows shoppers to gaze in at swimmers--whether fish or human.
The group of officers swam down to ground level, and held up a banner honoring the Year of Zayed.
"The sight amazed the Dubai Mall visitors when Dubai Police Academy officers bravely dived into the aquarium to mark the 100th Anniversary of Zayed as part of the graduation day event that will take place on January 9th, 2018," the police force wrote in a Tweet with an accompanying video.
Now, the actual graduation day has come, and the students got a surprise when Sheikh Hamdan not only attended the ceremony, but he was also on hand to award top students with honors of excellence.
"H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince, attended the graduation ceremony of Dubai Police Academy and honoured top students during the ceremony, and congratulated them on their levels of excellence," the police academy wrote in a Tweet.
In the accompanying video, the proud students are seen marching in procession, as Sheikh Hamdan, other royals, and a number of top officials looked on.
H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince, attended the graduation ceremony of Dubai Police Academy and honoured top students during the ceremony, and congratulated them on their levels of excellence. #DubaiPolice pic.twitter.com/p4WF3pwrR7— Dubai Policeشرطة دبي (@DubaiPoliceHQ) January 10, 2018
Dubai Police Force has a big year ahead of them, and though they recently opened the world's first fully-automated police station (and even brought a robocop into the force) there's still lots of work to be done!