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Joint Military Exercise Desert Cyclone 2024


The Joint Military Exercise ‘Desert Cyclone 2024’ between India and UAE will be held from January 2 to January 15 in Rajasthan.


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Joint Military Exercise “Desert Cyclone 2024”

  • Inaugural edition of a joint military exercise between India and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), focused on enhancing interoperability and sharing best practices in Urban Operations.
  • Aims to mark a significant milestone in the strategic partnership between India and the UAE.

India-UAE Relations

  • Diplomatic relations established in 1972; UAE opened its Embassy in Delhi in 1972, and India opened its Embassy in Abu Dhabi in 1973.
  • First-ever India-UAE Joint Air Forces exercise took place in September 2008.
  • Regular participation of India in the biennial International Defence Exhibition (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi.
  • Earlier this year, Indian Navy ships, INS Visakhapatnam, and INS Trikand, participated in the bilateral exercise ‘Zayed Talwar’ to enhance interoperability and synergy between the two navies.


February 2024