The United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced 33 deals worth AED18.33 billion (USD4.99 billion) at the IDEX show in Abu Dhabi, a significant jump on the AED14 billion in orders announced at the previous show in 2013.

The big news was saved for the last day, when the UAE announced it had ordered another two Boeing C-17 Globemaster III strategic airlifters for AED2.273 billion. The UAE already has six C-17s in service.

The UAE has also ordered nine helicopters from AugustaWestland for AED732 million. It said six will be for search and rescue purposes and three for VIP use. AugustaWestland told IHS Jane’s that all the aircraft would be AW139s. […]