We are mainly here to discuss current events and the current geopolitical and military situation of said country in this case UAE. Or what? When we evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of a army we are interested in looking at the current realities not something that happened 25 years ago when the times were completely different or 1000 years ago which is even further back in time. You can draw parallels whenever a similar situation emerges but so far this is not the case. The proof of burden is thus on you. No military analyst will agree with your claim of the current realities of the UAE army equalling mercenaries. It's just simply wrong. It reminds me of those clowns that are busy telling the world that non-Arab pilots are flying the Arab air forces.