His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and the Ruler of Dubai, welcomed all the guests to the 16th edition of the IDEX and the 7th edition of the NAVDEX exhibitions, both organized under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the United Arab Emirates and the Ruler of Abu Dhabi.
The International Defence Exhibition & Conference, aka IDEX, is an exhibition aimed at defence technology sales conducted biennially in Abu Dhabi by the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) centre.
IDEX, NAVDEX is the Largest Defence Exhibition in the Region
The first IDEX exhibition happened back in 1993 and is currently the largest and the only one-of-its-kind defence conference and exhibition to happen in the Middle East. During IDEX, all the popular defence manufacturers from all around the world come together to demonstrate the latest defence technologies that can be put to use in land, air, and sea sectors.
The exhibition also functions as a unique platform to establish as well as strengthen existing relations with various government entities, business organizations, and also armed forces throughout the Middle East and elsewhere in the world.
The Naval Defence and Maritime Security Exhibition (NAVDEX), which is in its 7th edition now, is an exhibition dedicatedly run to showcase the latest improvements and innovations in the field of naval defence and maritime security.
Held alongside IDEX, there are specially built exhibition areas as well as the dedicated ADNEC Marina area, which serves as the docking location for naval ships from all around the world that come into Abu Dhabi to take part in NAVDEX.
Speaking about the latest edition of IDEX, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid said that since the launch of the IDEX exhibition back in 1993, the event has been a place that has showcased the innovation and highlights in the UAE’s journey within the defence industry as well as the contributions made for its growth.
Below is a summary of the welcoming message from His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to all the visitors to the event.
The high number of participants in the IDEX and NAVDEX 2023 event from countries, decision-makers, and top companies from all around the world functions as a testament to how important both the exhibitions are, as well as their importance in the strengthening of the events sector, which is one of the main contributors to the national economy of the UAE.
Events such as IDEX and NAVDEX offer a platform where expertise and knowledge can be shared, the latest technologies can be showcased, and new partnerships can be built.
The previous IDEX exhibitions have helped the UAE to keep up pace with respect to the innovations and developments happening within the defence sector and also added contributions to the rapid growth of the defence industry.
This year’s edition of the exhibition will offer small and medium-sized enterprises as well as startups the opportunity to showcase their innovative ideas, services, and products within the defence, naval defence, and maritime security sectors in front of experts and leaders in the industry.
The UAE is proud to be able to organize and host exhibitions in the fields of technology, security, defence, aviation, etc. successfully, which overall contributes to the comprehensive development of the UAE. The country has also made a major leap in the defence industry, which is a key pillar in our security-related strategies, human cadres upskilling, and plans for economic diversification.
In the latest 16th edition of IDEX, the exhibition will continue to showcase the development of the United Arab Emirates as well as the success of the defence sector within the country, which is supported by effective policies, strong relations globally, and the leading position that the UAE currently has.
The exhibition will also be a place to highlight the competitiveness of the factories within the UAE with respect to the production of a variety of defence-related productions such as traditional weapons, drones, autonomous weapons, air-based surveillance systems, precision missile systems, and advanced missile systems.
Several implementations of advanced technologies within defence applications as well as the utilization of artificial intelligence in the defence world achieved by the UAE will also be showcased in the exhibition.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid also took the opportunity to extend his appreciation to his brother, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the UAE, who was the motivation for launching IDEX and NAVDEX and has supported the growth of the events so far, making it among the key events across the world.
HH Sheikh Mohamed also played a very important role in boosting the country’s defence production sector growth, empowering the armed forces of the country, and also boost the capabilities of the UAE.
Finally, Sheikh Mohammed also thanked everyone who played a role in organizing IDEX and NAVDEX and pushing their efforts for the success of the global event, including the Ministry of Defence, the UAE Armed Forces, Security teams, as well as the team from ADNEC.