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The Middle East's biggest defence spenders

The Middle East's biggest defence spenders
In first place among the region's biggest defence spenders is Saudi Arabia, which is projected to spend $39.26bn on weapons during 2009. (Getty Images)
The Middle East's biggest defence spenders
Second biggest spender is the UAE with a projected spend of $13.05bn, based on figures for 2007 as no data for 2009 is available. (Getty Images)
The Middle East's biggest defence spenders
Third biggest spender is Kuwait with $4.59bn. (Getty Images)
The Middle East's biggest defence spenders
Oman is in fourth place with a projected $4bn defence spend. (Getty Images)
The Middle East's biggest defence spenders
Iraq is projected to spend $3.81bn, putting it in fifth place. (Getty Images)
The Middle East's biggest defence spenders
Sixth biggest defence spender is Egypt with a projected #3.67bn. (Getty Images)
The Middle East's biggest defence spenders
Qatar will spend a projected $2.02bn on defence in 2009, based on figures for 2007. (Getty Images)
The Middle East's biggest defence spenders
Syria is projected to spend $1.89bn on defence in 2009. (Getty Images)
The Middle East's biggest defence spenders
In ninth place is Lebanon, with a projected defence spend of $1.41bn. (Getty Images)
The Middle East's biggest defence spenders
Jordan has a projected defence spend for 2009 of $1.39bn, putting it in tenth place. (Getty Images)
The Middle East's biggest defence spenders
And in eleventh is Bahrain with a defence spend of $721m. All data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). (Getty Images)