The UAE is believed to have been expanding its military influence in Africa and the Middle East.
As one of the US' main allies in the war on Daesh in the Middle East, the UAE hosts 5,000 US troops, fighter jets and drones. Numerous military drills have been held across the desert near the bases outside Dubai amid doubts about Iran's increasing role in the region.
The UAE has already deployed reconnaissance forces in Afghanistan and Yemen while it is actively setting up military bases in Africa.
In 2011, the UAE admitted to working with private companies to provide mercenary soldiers, including a company reportedly associated with Blackwater founder, Erik Prince to build its army.