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UAE spends more on military than U.S. does

December 5, 2011

While still fighting a war in Afghanistan and concluding a war in Iraq, the United States allocates less money as a percent of its gross domestic product toward military spending (4.7 percent) than do the United Arab Emirates (5.6 percent) according to World Development Indicators 2011, a World Bank publication.  The figures show that the UAE also commits a greater percentage of its labor workforce to their armed forces (1.8 percent) than does the U.S. (1 percent):

Militarism between UAE and US compared

Source for data: World Development Indicators 2011

See similar findings from earlier Money Jihad coverage on Lebanon, Oman, Yemen, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia.

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