THERE’S no getting away from the police in Dubai.

Just a few weeks ago the Dubai Police showed an innovative hoverbike they were trialling, but the latest vehicle to join the super-impressive police enforcement fleet is a Ghiath.

What’s that?

Described as one of the most advanced police vehicles on the planet, the Ghiath is a burly cruiser from the workshop of W Motors, one of Dubai’s supercar makers.

It builds the 400km/h Lykan Hypersport, among other exotics, but the Ghiath appears to be based on a Chevrolet Suburban, or Tahoe.

It has heavily reworked front and rear ends, the tail including a platform and grab handles for officers to hang on to for rapid deployment and sturdy, but beautifully chromed and styled front bumpers, to whack any escape vehicles used by the baddies into the dunes.

Also, and unusually, it has ’suicide’ (forward-opening) rear doors, presumably to scoop up any felons trying to run away, without even coming to a halt.

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There’s more LED and strobe emergency vehicle lighting than a Christmas tree on the big white-and-green machine machine, which by contrast also has a subtle red ‘Beast’ grille badge.

Apart from technology identifying all the information of any vehicle on its radar, the Ghiath is equipped with the latest facial recognition technology that can figure out who the the identity of individuals in a car.

A set of touchscreens in the dashboard relay vast amounts of information and a video on the force’s Facebook page shows an officer select “Fast” mode from the screen, but what it does remains a mystery.

The touchscreens and other computer equipment are from Safe City, an Abu Dhabi-based computer security company.

There’s no word on the performance of the Ghiath, but it’s certain that with the attention of W Motors, it will be a heck of a lot quicker than a Chevy Suburban.

Dubai has by far the world’s finest police fleet.

They include one, or more, of:

  • Aston Martin One-77
  • Audi R8
  • Bentley Continental GT
  • Bentley Bentayga
  • BMW i8
  • BMW M6 Gran Coupé
  • Bugatti Veyron
  • Chevrolet Camaro SS
  • Chevrolet Corvette
  • Dodge Viper
  • Ferrari FF
  • Ferrari LaFerrari
  • Ford Mustang GT by Roush Racing
  • Hummer H3
  • Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4
  • Lexus GS
  • Lexus RC F
  • McLaren 650S
  • McLaren MP4-12C
  • Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG by Brabus
  • Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG
  • Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
  • Nissan GT-R
  • Porsche 918
  • Porsche Panamera Turbo S
  • Toyota Land Cruiser
  • Lykan HyperSport – and the Ghiath
  • Oh yes, quite a lot of motorcycles too: Yamaha R1 and R6s
  • Plus a Hoversurf Scorpion 3 Hoverbike

 

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Bill Buys, probably Australia’s longest-serving motoring writer, has been at his craft for more than five decades. Athough motoring has always been in his DNA, he was also night crime reporter, foreign page editor and later chief reporter of the famed Rand Daily Mail. He’s twice been shot at, attacked by a rhinoceros and had several chilling experiences in aircraft. His experience includes stints in traffic law enforcement, motor racing and rallying and writing for a variety of local and international publications. He has covered countless events, ranging from world motor shows and Formula 1 Grands Prix to Targa tarmac and round-the-houses meetings. A motoring tragic, he has owned more than 90 cars. Somewhat of a nostalgic, he has a special interest in classic cars. He is the father of Targa star Robert Buys, who often adds his expertise to Bill’s reviews.