Exercise Desert Cyclone

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

About Exercise 'Desert Cyclone

  • It is the inaugural edition of joint military exercise "Desert Cyclone 2024"between India and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). 
  • The exercise aims to enhance interoperability by learning & sharing best practices in Urban Operations.
  • This exercise is marking a significant milestone in the strategic partnership.

Key facts about India and UAE relations

  • India and the UAE established diplomatic relations in 1972 and UAE opened its Embassy in Delhi in 1972 whereas India opened its Embassy in Abu Dhabi in 1973.
  • The first-ever India-UAE Joint Air Forces exercise took place in September 2008 at the Al-Dhafra base in Abu Dhabi.
  • India has also been a regular participant at the biennial International Defence Exhibition (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi.
  • Earlier this year, two ships of the Indian Navy, INS Visakhapatnam, and INS Trikand participated in bilateral exercise ‘Zayed Talwar’ with the UAE to enhance interoperability and synergy between the two navies.

Q1) What is exercise 'Zayed Talwar'?

It is a bilateral naval maritime partnership exercise with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Navy. It aims to enhance the interoperability and synergy between the Indian Navy and UAE Navy by cross-training on tactics, techniques and procedures while also developing stronger professional bonds.

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