Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, and organised by the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) in co-ordination with the UAE Armed Forces GHQ, and with Tawazun as strategic partner, the International Defence Exhibition and Conference in Abu Dhabi has risen in stature over its two-decade history to become the MENA region’s premier defence and security exhibition, and one of the leading events in the world.
Underlining that position, more than 1,100 exhibitors from all corners of the globe have come together for IDEX 2015, and the exhibition space had sold out before the 43rd National Day last December. As well as providing the opportunity to showcase new technologies to potential customers in the MENA region and beyond, IDEX provides an ideal environment in which companies can explore new partnerships, as well as expand existing ones.
IDEX also provides an arena in which national companies can promote their products and services.
The defence sector is a key pillar of Abu Dhabi’s Economic Vision 2030, and local companies are expanding rapidly in both number and capability.
“A platform like IDEX is a unique opportunity for the industry leaders to showcase and highlight the innovations and technologies that put Abu Dhabi at the forefront of the defence industry,” said IDEX CEO Saleh Al Marzooqi.
Running alongside IDEX are two exhibitions dedicated to maritime and unmanned technologies. Since its inauguration in 2011, NAVDEX has grown to a position of prominence in the calendar of professionals involved in the naval and maritime defence and security sectors.
Driving growth in the naval defence sector, which is expected to reach spending of US$76.4 billion (AED280.6bn) between 2010 and 2019 in the Gulf and western Indian Ocean, NAVDEX focuses on the latest maritime innovations and technology.
“The knowledge-based platform created by IDEX and NAVDEX is central to developing the infrastructure necessary for regional security,” commented D. Khaled Al Mazrouei, CEO of principal NAVDEX sponsor ADSB.
A newcomer to this year’s IDEX is the Unmanned Exhibition and Conference. With ADASI as principal sponsor, UMEX forms a business platform to promote unmanned technologies across all domains, and a dedicated environment for partnerships to be formed.