UAE signs agreement with France for 80 Rafale jets

Unprecedented order during Macron's visit to Dubai

03 December, 18:22

    PARIS - The United Arab Emirates on Friday signed an agreement to buy 80 Rafale fighter jets, built by French group Dassault Aviation, during the visit to Dubai of French President Emmanuel Macron, the Elysee said. It is the most important order obtained abroad for Rafale jets since they were commercialized in 2004.

    Macron is at Expo 2020 Dubai, where he was welcomed by the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyane (Mbz), at the pavilion of honor of the universal exposition. It is the first left of the French president's tour of the Gulf, and the visit in the Emirates aims to boost relations between France and the country with the announcement of several contracts, including that concerning the Rafale jets that will replace the 60 Mirage 2000 bought at the end of the 1990s.

    The Emirates are currently the fifth main client of the French defense industry in the 2011-2020 decade, with 4.7 billion euros worth of commissions. In Dubai, Emmanuel Macron is accompanied by a delegation of ministers, including that of foreign affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian, Bruno Le Maire (economy) and Florence Parly (armed forces), as well as the heads of companies like Airbus, Thales, Air Liquide or Edf. French President Macron is also scheduled to visit the pavilions of France and the Emirates at Expo 2020.

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