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Since the unification decision, the Ministry of Defense has achieved many successes and pioneer steps in many forums. The Ministry of Defense is looking forward to opening new horizons for its strategic vision and its public policy in an efficient way through which it can keep pace with the global boom witnessed by the whole world.

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Land Forces


On March 5, 1989, the Land Forces Command was established and located in Zayed Military City in Abu Dhabi. It includes mechanized infantry brigades, armored vehicles, artillery, field engineering, signal and technical and administrative support units. The land force is considered one of the oldest formations in the armed forces.

Navy Forces

In April 1967, late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, May God bless his soul, ordered the establishment of the sea wing of the Abu Dhabi Defense Force, with command position at the current location of the Abu Dhabi Navy . They began working with patrol boats donated by Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan. Later, 40-foot patrol boats and 56-foot patrol boats, followed by 110-foot armed boats joined the force.

Air Forces

The Air Force was established on May 13, 1968 as Air Wing of the Abu Dhabi Defense Force, with headquarters located at Al Bateen Airport in Abu Dhabi. The force included the Hawker Hunter Squadron, Caribou, Islander Cargo aircraft squadron, and Helicopter Bell 205. In January 1974, the Air Defense Command was formed and armed with Anti- aircraft gun 20 mm, and Rapier missile battery.

Wahat Al Karamah “Oasis of Dignity”

An Oasis of Sacrifice

This national landmark was established to reflect the sacrifices of the children of the state, and tell stories of pride and dignity and honor of the martyrs’ championship


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Martyrs of the Nation

The Pride of the Generation

The United Arab Emirates takes pride in its glorious martyrs who have sacrificed their lives in the battlefield so that the Nation’s flag remains high.


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National Services of the UAE

A Model for the Future Generations

“The defense of the Union is a sacred duty that every citizen should undertake and the performance of military service is an honor for all citizens.


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