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United Arab Emirates (UAE) Defense Market Size and Trends, Budget Allocation, Regulations, Key Acquisitions, Competitive Landscape and Forecast, 2022-2027

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  • 100 Pages
  • February 2022
  • Region: United Arab Emirates
  • GlobalData
  • ID: 5573032
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United Arab Emirates (UAE) Defense Market Size and Trends, Budget Allocation, Regulations, Key Acquisitions, Competitive Landscape and Forecast, 2022-2027 report provides the market size forecast and the projected growth rate for the next five years. The report covers industry analysis including the key market drivers, emerging technology trends, and major challenges faced by market participants. It also offers insights regarding key factors and government programs that are expected to influence the demand for military platforms over the forecast period.

Over the historic period, the surge in the UAE’s defense expenditure was mainly driven by its involvement in the Yemen civil war, in support of its ally Saudi Arabia. During 2018-22, the UAE’s defense expenditure contracted by 0.7% overall. With the withdrawal of the bulk of its forces from Yemen, coupled with the outbreak of COVID-19, the UAE’s defense expenditure declined to a low of $19.8 billion in 2020. The country’s defense expenditure nevertheless is anticipated to value $22.5 billion in 2022, owing to the need to finance procurements. The Biden administration has frozen the deal for the proposed sale of F-35A fighter aircraft to the UAE. The country nevertheless needs to set aside funding to adequately finance a $19 billion deal to acquire 80 Rafale fighters and midrange surface-to-air missiles KM-SAM.

This report offers detailed analysis of UAE defense market with market size forecasts covering the next five years. This report will also analyze factors that influence demand for the industry, key market trends, and challenges faced by industry participants.

Over the forecast period, the defense budget will generally maintain an upward trend, increasing to $28.6 billion in 2027. Throughout the forecast period, it is expected that military expenditure will remain above 5.5% GDP share despite the global economic slowdown and pressure of mitigating the impact of Covid-19. Concurrently, the acquisition component of defense expenditure is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 6.9%, owing to the need to modernize the UAE Defense and Security Forces, with specific emphasis on counter-insurgency and anti-terrorism measures. The threat of Iran meddling in Middle Eastern affairs will compel the UAE to maintain its robust defense posture, thus ensuring defense spending.

Who Should Buy

  • Defence Startups, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), Defence Planners, Aerospace and Defence Integrators, Venture Capital Firms, Government Agencies, Head of Marketing, Head of Sales, CEOs and Senior Executives
  • The concerned stakeholders can utilize the report to identify high growth segments and customize their offerings to match the project requirements
  • The Venture Capital Firms can utilize the project details, growth rate, and market size to identify and fund high potential startups


In particular, it provides an in-depth analysis of the following -
  • UAE defense budget: detailed analysis of UAE FY2022 defense budget broken down into market size and market share. This is coupled with an examination of key current and future acquisitions
  • Regulation: the procurement policy and the process is explained. This is coupled with an analysis of UAE military doctrine and strategy to provide a comprehensive overview of UAE military regulation
  • Security Environment: political alliances and perceived security threats to UAE are examined; there help to explain trends in spending and modernization
  • Import and Export Dynamics: analysis of prevalent trends in the country’s imports and exports over the last five years
  • Competitive landscape and strategic insights: analysis of the competitive landscape of the UAE defense industry

Reasons to Buy

  • Determine prospective investment areas based on a detailed trend analysis of the UAE defense market over the next five years
  • Gain in-depth understanding of the underlying factors driving demand for different defense and internal security segments in the UAE market and identify the opportunities offered
  • Strengthen your understanding of the market in terms of demand drivers, market trends, and the latest technological developments, among others
  • Identify the major threats that are driving the UAE defense market providing a clear picture about future opportunities that can be tapped, resulting in revenue expansion
  • Channel resources by focusing on the ongoing programs that are being undertaken by the UAE government
  • Make correct business decisions based on in-depth analysis of the competitive landscape consisting of detailed profiles of the top defense equipment providers in the country The company profiles also include information about the key products, alliances, recent contract awarded, and financial analysis, wherever available


  • Boeing
  • Dassault Aviation
  • Saab
  • Executive summary
  • Defense budget assessment
  • Budgeting process
  • Defense market size historical and forecast
  • Drivers of defense expenditure
  • Analysis of defense budget allocation
  • Key market trends and insights
  • Military doctrine and security environment
  • Military doctrine and strategy
  • Primary threat perception
  • Political and strategic alliances
  • Geopolitical social and economic scenario
  • Market entry strategy and regulations
  • Procurement policy and process
  • Procurement bodies
  • Type of contracts
  • Market regulations
  • Market entry route
  • Key challenges
  • Major deals and M&A
  • Market attractiveness and emerging opportunities
  • Market attractiveness, 2020-25
  • Top defense segments by value
  • Import and export market dynamics
  • Import market dynamics
  • Export market dynamics
  • Defense platform acquisitions
  • Rafael fighters
  • KM-SAM Cheongung II
  • Jais 6x6
  • AH-64E apache attack helicopter
  • Global 6000
  • Fleet size
  • Competitive landscape
  • Defense companies operating in the UAE
  • Main defense companies

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes:

  • Dassault Aviation
  • Boeing
  • Saab