Security forces in the United Arab Emirates have arrested a cell of UAE and Saudi Arabian citizens which was planning militant attacks in both countries and other states, the official news agency WAM said.
The US-allied UAE, a federation of seven emirates and a major oil exporter, has been spared any attack by al-Qa'ida and other insurgency groups.
But some of its emirates have seen a rise in Islamist sentiment, and Dubai, a city that attracts many Westerners, could make an attractive target for Islamist militants, analysts say.
The arrested group had acquired materials and equipment for use in what WAM called terrorist operations.
"The security authorities in the UAE, in coordination with the related security parties in Saudi Arabia, announced the arrest of an organised cell from the deviant group that was planning to carry out actions against national security of both countries," WAM said.