3-day Watan security exercise to start on November 15
Taking place under the patronage of His Excellency the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz al-Thani, it has been announced that the 3-day ‘Watan’ joint exercise will start on November 15, 2021.
Organized to confirm the security readiness of the State to host the most important event in the world, the 2022 World Cup, the exercise will be conducted with the participation of all military, civil, organizational, and service authorities in the country, each according to its competence along with 14 brotherly and friendly countries.
The announcement was made during a press conference held by the organizing authorities of the exercise at the Officers Club of the General Directorate of Civil Defence on November 13.
Lt. Col. Mubarak Sherida Al Kaabi, commander of the exercise, spoke during the conference and stated that the exercise aims to enhance the roles of the concerned authorities while carrying out their regular tasks and the additional tasks to them during the World Cup, measure the speed of response to emergency situations, and to activate the command-and-control mechanism and joint cooperation between military and civil authorities in order to achieve integration in their roles and implementation of the required tasks.
Al Kaabi explained that the security exercise is the largest of its kind in terms of the number of participating authorities internally and externally, in addition to the development of its events to combine the security, military, organizational, and service aspects.
Jassem Abdulaziz Al Jassim, Executive Vice President of Operations for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, noted that the Watan exercise simulates the effectiveness of coordination between the concerned authorities to ensure the organization of a successful championship, pointing out that the Watan exercise includes a set of field and desk exercises to simulate some of the scenarios that may occur during the organization of the tournament.
The exercise sites include multiple sites in the country, including the competitive facilities for the championship and non-competitive facilities and a number of public vital and tourist facilities in both land and sea areas.
The authorities organizing the exercise are keen to implement the exercise with high accuracy and professionalism without compromising the normal daily life of citizens and residents, and the concerned authorities in the State will evaluate the outcomes of the exercise to identify the positives to strengthen them and the negatives, if any, and work to address them.
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