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International Defence Exhibition & Conference
19 - 23 February 2017
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
 
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More than 1,200 security & defense industry to attend IDEX & NAVDEX 2017
The 13th edition of the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX 2017) and the fourth edition of the Naval Defence Exhibition (NAVDEX 2017) are set to draw the participation of 1,235 specialised local and international companies in the defence industry. This represents a three per cent growth compared to 2015, when 1,200 companies attended.
     
The 13th edition of the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX 2017) and the fourth edition of the Naval Defence Exhibition (NAVDEX 2017) are set to draw the participation of 1,235 specialised local and international companies in the defence industry. This represents a three per cent growth compared to 2015, when 1,200 companies attended. Press conference held today at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre
     
Organised under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the parallel biennial events will run at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre from 19 to 23 February 2017.

Addressing the press conference held today at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, Staff Major General Pilot Al Mazrouei, Chairman of the Higher Organising Committee of IDEX 2017 and NAVDEX 2017, said: "Since its inception, IDEX has consolidated its status as one of the leading international defence events. It has successfully showcased the pioneering efforts of our wise leadership to strengthen the country's defence sector and enhance its capabilities. Over the next week, Abu Dhabi will be the centre of international attention as IDEX and NAVDEX convene thousands of dignitaries and prominent decision makers from all over the world to participate in the event and its associated activities."

He added: "I am confident that this year, IDEX and NAVDEX will be even better than the previous editions, given the overwhelming response they have generated in terms of the number of participants, delegates and defence experts as well as the representation of major international companies."

He revealed that the first day of the events will host spectacular live demonstrations by military personnel showcasing the capabilities of the UAE's cutting-edge defence equipment. He thanked the ADNEC management for their tremendous efforts in the preparation of the opening of IDEX and NAVDEX 2017.

For his part, Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri, Group CEO of Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC), said: "Since its inaugural edition in 1993, IDEX has grown from strength to strength. We have witnessed a tremendous increase in the number of participants and visitors as well as the exhibition and demonstration area. The first edition 24 years ago hosted only 350 companies from 34 countries, with the total exhibition space not exceeding 12,000 square metres."
     
More than 1200 security & defense industry to attend IDEX & NAVDEX 2017 002 IDEX Conference
     
Al Dhaheri noted that the number of participating nations has increased to 57 with the addition of 10 new ones this year.

He said: "We are gearing up to welcome over 100,000 visitors from all over the world. The total area dedicated to IDEX and NAVDEX 2017 has expanded to 53,532 square metres, up by five percent compared to the previous edition. We have gained the extra space through delinking the Unmanned Systems Exhibition and Conference (UMEX) from IDEX and turning it into a stand-alone event."

Addressing the topic of NAVDEX, he added: "The fourth edition of NAVDEX has received a strong response from specialised naval defence companies. Since the inaugural event in 2011, the exhibition has experienced solid growth in the number of international participants. This year's edition is set to host over 99 specialised naval defence companies from 27 countries worldwide, which represent an increase of 17% over the number of countries in 2015. The event will showcase live demonstrations of naval vessels at the purpose-built demonstration track within ADNEC's marine facility and Zayed Port in Abu Dhabi."

The event is set to draw the attendance of several heads of states, defence ministers, chiefs of armies, representatives of diplomatic missions and military attachés from different countries.

One thousand two hundred exhibitors and more than 101,000 visitors from across the globe participated in IDEX 2015, with signed deals amounting to well over AED 18.3 billion (USD 5 billion).
 

 

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