Rafale: UAE and France strike deal for largest jet order during Macron visit
Worth nearly $15bn, the UAE deal is the biggest order of the warplane outside of the French armed forces and comes after deals this year were made with Croatia, Egypt and Greece.
Since coming to power, Macron has forged a strong relationship with UAE Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed - also known as MBZ.
France also has a permanent military base in Abu Dhabi.
"In addition to the presence of three French military bases on UAE territory, this mutual trust translates into the acquisition of 80 Rafale planes, 12 Caracal helicopters, and associated elements," the French presidency said in a statement after a signing ceremony between MBZ and Macron on the sidelines of the Dubai Expo 2020.
In 2011, Abu Dhabi had said a proposal by France to purchase 60 Rafale fighter jets was "uncompetitive and unworkable".