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Abu Dhabi hosts military drill amid Yemen war, Iran tensions

  • An Emirati soldier fires blanks as part of a military exercise in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, March 2, 2017. Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, hosted a major military exercise Thursday before a public audience as the nation fights alongside Saudi troops in Yemen and tensions with Iran remain high. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)

    An Emirati soldier fires blanks as part of a military exercise in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, March 2, 2017. Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, hosted a major military exercise Thursday before a public audience as the nation fights alongside Saudi troops in Yemen and tensions with Iran remain high. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)  (The Associated Press)

  • Military stunt pilots fly in formation during an exercise in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, March 2, 2017. Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, hosted a major military exercise Thursday before a public audience as the nation fights alongside Saudi troops in Yemen and tensions with Iran remain high. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)

    Military stunt pilots fly in formation during an exercise in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, March 2, 2017. Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, hosted a major military exercise Thursday before a public audience as the nation fights alongside Saudi troops in Yemen and tensions with Iran remain high. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)  (The Associated Press)

The capital of the United Arab Emirates has hosted a major military exercise before a public audience as the nation fights alongside Saudi troops in Yemen and tensions with Iran remain high.

The maneuver, called Union Fortress, took place on Thursday afternoon along Abu Dhabi's seaside corniche.

It featured fighter jets, helicopters and a mock seaborne hostage rescue performed by Emirati troops.

Such maneuvers before the public are rare in the United Arab Emirates, a major Western ally that hosts U.S. troops involved in the fight against the Islamic State group.

The exercise came as UAE and Saudi troops are locked in a largely stalemate war with Shiite rebels and their allies in Yemen.

Meanwhile, the UAE and other Gulf Arab nations remain suspicious of Iran after the nuclear deal.