The International Defence Exhibition (IDEX) and International Naval Defence Exhibition (NAVDEX) opened in Abu Dhabi on Sunday (17 February) in the presence of senior government and military officials and experts from around the world, including Morocco.
Morocco was represented at the opening ceremony of these two meetings by Mr. Abdellatif Loudiyi, Minister Delegate to the Prime Minister in charge of the National Defence Department, in the presence of His Majesty the Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates, Mr. Mohamed Ait Ouali.
The two events, chaired by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, will be attended by a number of UAE and foreign dignitaries. The development of the defence industry in the world, and the transfer and resettlement of foreign technology through partnerships and agreements with major international companies participating in the event.
Exhibitors said the current session, which runs through February 21, has seen record highs after the total exhibition space increased 26 percent to 168,000 square meters, compared with 133,000 square meters in 2017, The number of exhibitors increased by 6 percent to 1310 companies compared to 1235 companies in the previous session. International companies account for 85 percent of the total number of companies, while the number of local exhibitors reached 170 companies representing 15 percent of the total number of exhibitors.
The number of participating countries increased by 9 per cent to 62 countries compared to 57 in 2017, while the number of participating national pavilions increased by 18 per cent to 33 compared with 28 in the previous session.
IDEX and NAVDEX 2017 attracted more than 105,000 professional visitors from all over the world with the participation of international institutions specializing in defense and military industries.
In the last three days, Abu Dhabi hosted the International Defence Conference 2019 under the theme “Building a Shared Future: Enhancing Security and Prosperity through Innovation”, which included several sessions, “Economic Balance as a Catalyst and Potential for Economic Diversification” and “Security and Stability under the Fourth Industrial Revolution” and “Next Generation Tasks for Building and Ensuring Stability” and “Understanding the Age of Knowledge War”.
The conference, which was attended by a number of specialists in the defence and security industries from around the world and managers of major defense and military companies, aims at highlighting the latest developments in defence, security and economic balance and discussing their impact on the 4th industrial revolution, manufacturing and human capital development.