Shared Commitment to Regional Security
The United Arab Emirates and the United States share a common resolve to preserve security and stability in the Middle East and around the world. Over the past 25 years, UAE and US military forces have teamed up on six military coalition actions, from the First Gulf War to Kosovo to Afghanistan, Libya and the current fight against ISIL. In May 2017, the UAE and US signed a new defense agreement to increase cooperation in addressing common security threats. US Secretary of Defense James Mattis stated that the accord “marks a new chapter in our partnership and reflects the breadth and depth of our ongoing cooperation."
The UAE is a critical US ally, providing essential support for US troops, aircraft and naval vessels in the Middle East region. The UAE hosts more than 3,000 US military personnel at Al Dhafra Air Base, just outside of Abu Dhabi. From Al Dhafra Air Base, the UAE is helping to lead the multinational mission with the US and other partners to confront ISIL.
Mission effectiveness and joint cooperation are further enhanced through the Joint Air Warfare Center at Al Dhafra Air Base, where UAE, US and other allied air forces conduct joint training exercises.
The US Navy’s Fifth Fleet relies on Dubai’s Jebel Ali port to support maritime security operations in the Arabian Gulf. In fact, more US naval vessels visit Jebel Ali than any other port outside the United States.