ABU DHABI / WAM
Preparations for the largest editions of the International Defence Exhibition (IDEX 2019), the Naval Defence Exhibition (NAVDEX 2019) and the International Defence Conference are underway, as the Higher Organising Committee met to review arrangements in the run-up to these much-awaited events in Abu Dhabi.
Organised by the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) in collaboration with the UAE Armed Forces, the upcoming editions of IDEX and NAVDEX will be held under the patronage of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, from February 17 to 21, 2019, at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.
The coordination meeting was chaired by Staff Major-General Pilot Faris Khalaf Khalfan Al Mazrouei, Chairman of the Higher Organising Committee of IDEX and NAVDEX 2019, in the presence of Major-General Staff Pilot Ishaq Saleh Al Balushi, Deputy Chairman, and Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri, Group CEO of ADNEC, as well as heads and members of sub-committees from public and private sector entities.
Staff Major-General Al Mazrouei said, “The upcoming editions of IDEX and NAVDEX are becoming increasingly significant as unique platforms for the defence industry to gain valuable insight and understanding into the sector. The previous seasons of the exhibitions have been hugely successful, where some of the world’s leading defence industry companies, decision-makers and experts converged to discuss and learn more about the industry. These exhibitions support the vital role played by the UAE Armed Forces in collaboration with all government and national entities, in line with the vision of our wise leadership. Our teams are working tirelessly to host the two mega-events in a manner that reflects their growing reputation.”
Emphasising the pivotal role of the two exhibitions in gathering the most prominent leaders, experts and decision-makers in the defence sector, Al Dhaheri said, “Over the years, ADNEC has been able to position itself as a global leader in organising some of the world’s leading events, congresses and exhibitions through organising one of the largest defence exhibitions globally. The upcoming edition is expected to be the largest among the previous ones. Celebrating the silver jubilee edition of IDEX next year demonstrates our success in hosting leading events.”
The two parallel mega events, which will welcome senior military officials and experts from the region and the rest of the world, are expected to witness the signing of several major agreements and deals between companies involved in the defence and military sectors. The events will also see the signing of strategic partnerships between different regional and global entities.