US Embassy Abu Dhabi Issues Security Alert Following Suspected Drone Attacks in UAE

 

On January 17, the US Embassy in Abu Dhabi issued a Security Alert following the suspected drone attacks at two locations in the country and reminded U.S. citizens to “maintain a high level of security awareness.”

Location: UAE, Abu Dhabi

    • Musaffah Industrial Area, and
    • A construction site at the new terminal of the Abu Dhabi airport.

Event: There have been reports of explosions at the Musaffah Industrial Area in Abu Dhabi and a fire at the new terminal of the Abu Dhabi airport on January 17, 2022.  Media reports indicate that both incidents were potentially caused by unmanned aerial systems (drones) in the area.  The Embassy reminds all U.S. citizens in the United Arab Emirates to maintain a high level of security awareness.  The possibility of terrorist attacks against U.S. citizens and interests in the Gulf and Arabian Peninsula remains an ongoing, serious concern.  Rebel groups operating in Yemen have stated an intent to attack neighboring countries, including the UAE, using missiles and unmanned aerial systems (drones).

The United States Embassy in Abu Dhabi is currently headed by Sean Murphy as Chargé d’Affaires. Mr. Murphy holds the rank of Minister Counselor in the United States Foreign Service. It doesn’t look like the Biden Administration has made an announcement on a nominee to be U.S. Ambassador for UAE.

 

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