Iranian regime, through its proxies such as Hezbollah, Hamas and Houthis are plotting series of terrorist attacks on UAE targeting a number of VIP clubs, discotheques, nightclubs and Palm islands in Abu Dhabi and Dubai during the December 31 new year celebration parties. It is also learnt, several Israeli-UAE business establishments and Israeli nationals may also come under terrorist attacks.
According to a credible source, plotters of these terrorist attacks are gathering information from targeted places with the help of sex workers and escort females from Iran, Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan and Turkey. These female “sources” of the terror attack plotters are collecting still photographs and videos by using hidden cameras.
In January and February 2022 UAE capital Abu Dhabi came under volley of missile and drone attacks, while Iranian proxy Houthis claimed responsibility. During these attacks three people were killed at the facilities of state oil firm ADNOC.
The attacks have been followed by airstrikes across targets in Yemen, where the UAE is part of a Saudi-led coalition at war with the Houthis.
Houthi spokespeople were quick to praise their own attacks and threaten more, vowing that they would make the majority-expat UAE an “unsafe country” in retaliation for its involvement in the bloody Yemen war.
Following these terrorist attacks, US Department of State in a statement said, “The United States strongly condemns the terrorist attacks in Abu Dhabi today, which struck civilian sites including Abu Dhabi’s international airport, killing and wounding innocent civilians. We express our condolences to the families of these victims and to the people of the UAE. The Houthis have claimed responsibility for this attack. We reiterate our unwavering commitment to the security of the UAE and stand united with our Emirati partners”.
Unfortunately, while the US condemned terrorist attacks by Iranian proxy Houthis, it has been continuing appeasement policies centering Iran’s rogue mullah regime.
The UAE is equipped with high-end THAAD and Patriot PAC-3 missile defense systems, some of the most expensive and most advanced in the world. But the threats that remain are far smaller and harder to detect than missiles, and have evaded the defenses of even the wealthiest countries: drones.
“I would be most concerned about low-flying, highly accurate cruise missiles and UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles)”, said John Krzyzaniak, an arms control and technology analyst at the International Institute for Strategic Studies. “To me these are of much greater concern than the Houthi ballistic missiles”.
The problem with drones is that they generally aren’t picked up by radar, which is the first line of defense for any air defense system.
“Your first problem is getting the picture of the drone”, on radar systems, DesRoches said. Drones are often so small that “even if you do pick them up, you might not know what you’re looking at”, he said. “Their cross-section is closer to a duck than it is to an F-15. You just don’t know. And that’s the challenge”.
Emirati officials reject that their country’s reputation as an isle of stability is being threatened. Anwar Gargash, former UAE minister of state for foreign affairs, wrote on Twitter in January: “Terrorists militias’ tampering with the stability of the region is too weak to affect the security and safety we live in”.
According to UK Counterterrorism Policing:
Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in the UAE. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners.
UK Counter Terrorism Policing has information and advice on staying safe abroad and what to do in the event of a terrorist attack.
Terrorists continue to issue statements threatening to carry out attacks in the Gulf region. These include references to attacks on western interests, including residential compounds, military, oil, transport and aviation interests as well as crowded places, including restaurants, hotels, beaches, shopping centers and mosques.
According to counterterrorism expert Christopher M Davidson:
The United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) wealthiest emirate, Abu Dhabi, has built up the UAE Armed Forces in recent decades by procuring some of the finest military hardware available. This has provided the UAE with a strong defense shield and has undoubtedly reduced the threat of foreign invasion. However, the UAE’s hard security capabilities are either insufficient or inappropriate for countering remaining regional threats from Iran or, to a lesser extent, other Arab states. As such, the UAE has had little option but to remain under a Western military umbrella. Moreover, as an unfortunate but perhaps inescapable hidden cost of its emergence as the region’s premier free port, for many years the UAE’s second wealthiest emirate of Dubai has attracted the attention of both international criminal and terrorist organizations, many of which have exploited the emirate’s laissez-faire attitudes and impressive physical infrastructure to set up various smuggling, gun-running, human-trafficking, and money-laundering operations. Despite Dubai’s undoubted usefulness to such groups, the final section of this article will reveal that the UAE has been unable to remain completely in the eye of the storm and has suffered from a number of terrorist attacks on its own soil.