ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) _ Arms makers from around the world ended a five-day defense exhibition Thursday, but with none of the big deals that marked previous shows.

Sales during the five-day event totaled $176 million, with several contracts going to regional companies.

The International Defense Exhibition has been the largest defense showcase in the Middle East since it began in 1993, but arms sales appear to be dropping.

Low oil prices have contributed to the slump this year at the biennial exhibition. Before the show opened Sunday, arms makers and Persian Gulf officials said they expected a slump. Sales totaled about $200 million at the last show in 1997.

``The recession has affected all countries,'' said O.B. Al-Suwaidi, the organizer of the IDEX arms show.

More than 800 companies from 43 countries took part this year in the show, which draws potential customers from the Middle East and North Africa.

Military sales to the region have accounted for about 40 percent of the global total.

Before the oil price collapse, Gulf states were expected to spend about $8 billion on weapons over the next five years, but officials say that may not happen now and have warned of leaner times to come.

Last year the United Arab Emirates signed a contract for 30 French Mirage 2000-9 fighters and 80 F-16s from the United States at a total cost of $11 billion.

The Emirates has said it is committed to the F-16 deal, but has also warned it could change its mind if it doesn't get technology that Washington considers too advanced to export.