Major General Al Mazeina says appointment is an honour that will allow him to serve the country
Dubai: The new police chief in Dubai has said he will remain devoted to keeping the emirate peaceful and secure.
His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, issued the decree appointing Major General Khamis Mattar Al Mazeina on Saturday.
Major General Al Mazeina’s career with the police has spanned some 31 years. He has been involved in solving a number of high-profile cases including the Wafi Mall heist in 2009, the assassination of a Hamas leader in Dubai and the murder of Lebanese singer Suzan Tamim.
“Maintaining safety and security in Dubai is my top priority,” the veteran police officer said.
Major General Al Mazeina thanked Shaikh Mohammad for the trust in him and said his appointment was an honour that would allow him to serve the country and to continue preserving security across the emirate.
Former Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police, Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan Tamim, who became the Deputy Chairman of Dubai Police and General Security last month, told Gulf News that the decision to appoint Major General Al Mazeina would ensure that Dubai remained secure.
Major General Al Mazeina is working on developing all police services to be “smart” and easily accessed by the public at the touch of a finger.
He graduated from the UAE University and holds a degree in social sciences and has undertaken several training courses abroad in criminology and criminal investigations.
In 1992, he worked as an officer in the Anti-Narcotics Section, which at that time was part of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).
In 1997, he became the director of the criminal investigation section until 2004, when he was appointed the director of CID. He was then deputy chief of Dubai Police from 2008 to 2013.
Born in 1961 in Deira’s Al Ras area, Major General Al Mazeina is from a well-known Emirati family and was educated in Dubai. His family home has now been turned into the Al Ahmadiya School.
He is married and has three children: a son and two daughters.