The UAE is expected to more than double spending on military imports by 2015, according to a study released on Thursday.

The country was ranked the second-biggest defence importer in the Middle East, behind Saudi Arabia, according to the Balance of Trade Study, conducted by the UK-based IHS Jane’s, an intelligence provider to militaries, government, intelligence agencies and industries.

“Data shows that the UAE is forecast to be the [world’s] number three defence importer by 2015,” said Ben Moores, a senior analyst at the military intelligence provider. […]