Ranked:
N/A (2012)

Emirati Military Budget

See the chart below for a yearly breakdown of military spending in UAE. (2001 to 2012)

Military Spending in UAE

Our data source (SIPRI) does not have a figure for UAE's military budget in 2012, but the chart below contains the available military spending data from the past 12 years. If you want to learn more about Emirati military spending, check out SIPRI.org which has data as far back as 1988, including dollars spent and percentage of GDP.

Total Spent: $128,943,000,000 (Last 12 years)

Year Dollars Spent % GDP
2001 $9,671,000,000 5.6%
2002 $8,678,000,000 4.9%
2003 $9,170,000,000 4.7%
2004 $10,200,000,000 4.6%
2005 $9,305,000,000 3.7%
2006 $9,238,000,000 3.2%
Year Dollars Spent % GDP
2007 $9,816,000,000 3.3%
2008 $11,960,000,000 3.7%
2009 $14,081,000,000 5.1%
2010 $17,658,000,000 5.9%
2011 $19,166,000,000 5.4%
2012 no data N/A

Note on Data: Constant (2011) US Dollars are used. For more information about this data visit SIPRI.org.

SIPRI Footnote: The military expenditure of the United Arab Emirates is uncertain and lacking in transparency. Official documents and IMF reports sometimes give figures for defence spending, but only covering "goods and services" i.e. not salaries or military equipment. However, IMF reports give figures for spending on "Abu Dhabi Federal Services", said to be mostly for military spending. We have estimated total UAE military spending by taking 80% of the Federal Services figure, plus, the MOD goods and services figure, or estimates of this where not available.

Other Countries in the Region

Qatari Flag Qatar
No Data (2012)
Yemeni Flag Yemen
$1,243 Million (2012)
Iraqi Flag Iraq
$5,693 Million (2012)
Israeli Flag Israel
$15,536 Million (2012)
Omani Flag Oman
$6,489 Million (2012)
Emirati Flag UAE
No Data (2012)
Tajikistani Flag Tajikistan
No Data (2012)
Lebanese Flag Lebanon
$1,622 Million (2012)

United Arab Emirates' Military Branches

Critical Infrastructure Coastal Patrol Agency (CNIA), Land Forces, Navy, Air Force and Air Defense, Border and Coast Guard Directorate (BCGD).

Military Service Age in UAE

18 years of age for voluntary military service; 18 years of age for officers and women; no conscription; 16-22 years of age for candidates for the UAE Naval College.