Reside in Qatar long enough and chances are, at some point, you’ll run into an official police vehicle that will make you look twice, thinking...’Didn’t I just see a red one yesterday?’ Or, ‘I thought the rescue police drove a blue car?’
Well the answer is yes, and yes to both. You did see that red car. You also saw the blue one too…and black and white, and gold and green. The list goes on! We get it. It’s a lot to keep track of, yet important info to know when it comes to learning about which law enforcement and first responders’ vehicles you should look for on the scene in the event of an emergency.
So, here’s our breakdown of the different kinds of police force vehicles you’ll find in Qatar:
One of the three most common police vehicles you’ll find on Qatar’s streets, the Al Fazaa Rescue Police are unmistakable with their bold black-and-white cars. You’ll find them at the scenes of emergencies where assistance or security is needed. Established in 2009 by Qatar’s Ministry of Interior, Al Fazaa has roots in an old Arabic word that means ‘chivalry’, or ‘providing help to those in need.’ Here are a few of their functions:
If there’s an accident on the road, a detour, or a dignitary passing by – wherever there’s a road closure you can be assured that Qatar’s Traffic Police will be there to direct the flow of commuter traffic and ensure safety. Marked by their blue, white, and yellow vehicles, they’re the work-horses of Qatar’s police force – and are literally everywhere! Here are some of their key roles:
Not just one of the Qatar Stars League’s most formidable football teams, Qatar’s fleet of Internal Security Forces – the Lekhwiya are impossible to miss against the sable backdrop of the desert. You’ve probably seen their bright red and yellow cars out and about across the country, or parked at strategic locations throughout the city. Established in 2004, the fleet is entrusted to oversee the smooth running of security in Qatar. Some of their primary functions include:
One of the most elite divisions of the Qatar Armed Forces, the Amiri Guard and the Royal Guard Brigade play an important function in the protection and security of HH The Emir and members of Qatar’s royal family, as well as high-ranking government officials, visiting heads of state, and other dignitaries. They’re primarily responsible for:
We hope you found this article helpful, so that the next time you spot one of Qatar’s many police service vehicles out on the roads you’ll be able to match their colour with their meaning.
Do you know of any other police vehicle designations that we should add to this list? Drop us a line in the comments below and let us know! Also, don’t forget to like and share this article.
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