- The shipment originated in Turkey and passed through an Egyptian port before reaching Dubai's Jebel Ali port, police said.
- The smugglers had intended to transport the weapons through another Gulf country instead of Dubai but changed their plans to secure a more convenient shipping route, police said.
- Tamim declined to name the other Gulf country meant to serve as a transport point but said it wasn't Saudi Arabia.
- He said a number of suspects have been arrested with help from the countries involved.
Jebel Ali is by far the busiest port in the Middle East. It and other Dubai docks serve as major transshipment hubs for cargo traveling between Asia, Europe, Africa and the rest of the Middle East.
Yemen has been embroiled in a month of protests seeking to oust President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has ruled for 32 years. A government crackdown on the opposition has killed dozens. Saleh has been under American pressure to curb weapons trafficking in Yemen, where al-Qaida is known to operate.
Emirati authorities last year intercepted one of two mail bombs sent from Yemen to the U.S. in a cargo shipment transiting through Dubai. The other was discovered in Britain.