UAE arms show heightens militarism as Yemen war rages on

 

The United Arab Emirates, a partner to Saudi-led coalition waging a destructive war in Yemen, is eyeing billion-dollar arms deals with local and international companies as an arms show in Abu Dhabi gets underway.

The UAE announced 4.5 billion dirhams ($1.2 billion) worth of military procurement deals on Sunday at the opening of the biennial International Defense Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi, which is attended by over 1,200 companies.

Charles Forrester, a senior defense industry analyst at IHS Jane’s, said “As some Gulf countries are beginning to deploy their own operations in Yemen; their need for new equipment is increasing.”

 

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