UAE Military Spending/Defense Budget 1997-2024

Military expenditures data from SIPRI are derived from the NATO definition, which includes all current and capital expenditures on the armed forces, including peacekeeping forces; defense ministries and other government agencies engaged in defense projects; paramilitary forces, if these are judged to be trained and equipped for military operations; and military space activities. Such expenditures include military and civil personnel, including retirement pensions of military personnel and social services for personnel; operation and maintenance; procurement; military research and development; and military aid (in the military expenditures of the donor country).
  • UAE military spending/defense budget for 2014 was $22.76B, a 3.42% decline from 2013.
  • UAE military spending/defense budget for 2013 was $23.56B, a 23.85% increase from 2012.
  • UAE military spending/defense budget for 2012 was $19.02B, a 0.82% decline from 2011.
  • UAE military spending/defense budget for 2011 was $19.18B, a 9.58% increase from 2010.
Data Source: World Bank

MLA Citation:
Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Billions of US $
United States $647.79B
Saudi Arabia $80.76B
United Kingdom $67.00B
France $53.13B
Japan $46.90B
Germany $44.66B
South Korea $37.55B
Italy $27.70B
Australia $25.78B
UAE $22.76B
Canada $17.85B
Israel $17.74B
Spain $17.18B
Poland $10.35B
Netherlands $10.33B
Singapore $9.60B
Oman $8.21B
Norway $7.34B
Sweden $6.56B
Kuwait $5.83B
Greece $5.53B
Belgium $5.19B
Chile $5.10B
Argentina $4.98B
Switzerland $4.61B
Portugal $4.11B
Denmark $4.06B
Finland $3.99B
Austria $3.31B
New Zealand $2.27B
Czech Republic $2.02B
Bahrain $1.48B
Hungary $1.21B
Ireland $1.19B
Croatia $1.06B
Uruguay $1.03B
Slovak Republic $1.00B
Brunei $0.53B
Estonia $0.51B
Slovenia $0.49B
Lithuania $0.43B
Cyprus $0.36B
Latvia $0.30B
Luxembourg $0.25B
Trinidad and Tobago $0.19B
Malta $0.06B
Seychelles $0.03B
Iceland $0.00B
Panama $0.00B
UAE Military Spending/Defense Budget - Historical Data
Year Billions of US $ % of GDP
2014 $22.76B 5.64%
2013 $23.56B 6.03%
2012 $19.02B 5.08%
2011 $19.18B 5.47%
2010 $17.50B 6.04%
2009 $13.84B 5.46%
2008 $11.57B 3.67%
2007 $8.46B 3.28%
2006 $7.17B 3.23%
2005 $6.60B 3.66%
2004 $6.82B 4.61%
2003 $5.83B 4.69%
2002 $5.35B 4.88%
2001 $5.80B 5.61%
2000 $5.88B 8.32%
1999 $4.23B 7.67%
1998 $4.01B 8.63%
1997 $3.34B 6.76%