On 15th June, Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces Mohammed bin Zayed (MbZ) declared that the war in Yemen was “over” for Emirati troops and that the UAE would continue to “monitor the political situation”. Key developments over the last few years shed light on Emirati thinking towards Yemen, and suggest that the UAE was never completely comfortable with the military intervention to begin with.

Whether the UAE’s military capabilities were being stretched too far or the government suddenly lost its appetite for war, its scaled back involvement raises questions as to how the UAE will now help achieve the coalition’s end goals; countering Iranian influence and stifling the Houthi movement. Until mid 2016, the Saudi led intervention forced the UAE’s hand, and intense Saudi pressure on Egypt and the UAE is a widely recognised factor in the nations’ eventual contribution to the coalition.