Adnec gears up for biggest-ever defence expo
Abu Dhabi, April 27, 2008
With more than 10 months to go for next year’s International Defence Exhibition & Conference (Idex), the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (Adnec) has reported outstanding response from exhibitors.
Ninety-five per cent of exhibit space has already been booked by international, regional and local companies operating in the defence and related sectors.
Idex is one the world’s largest defence exhibitions and the 9th edition of the show will be held from February 22–26, 2009.
“It is the show-piece defence industry event for the Middle East, Africa and the Asian region and we are very excited about the way it is shaping up. The 2009 edition looks set to be bigger and better than ever and we are very confident that Idex will continue to build on its world-class credentials”, said Ahmad Humaid Al Mazrouie, managing director of Adnec, which is organising the show in association with the UAE Armed Forces GHQ.
Mohamed Al Mashgouni, Idex 2009 show director, said more than 50 countries will be represented at the show.
'Net exhibit space is poised to grow 20 percent from 30,000 sq m in 2007 to more than 35,000 in 2009. Demand for space continues unabated and we are doing our best to satisfy all prospective exhibitors,' he said.
“The number of exhibitors is set to increase from 862 in 2007 to more than 900. This growth is testimony to Idex’s stature as a key event in the global defence industry calendar and is especially creditable coming as it does despite the mergers and consolidations that have become increasingly common in the international defence industry recently,” he added.
Mashgouni said that Idex was seen worldwide as one of the most important marketing opportunities for the global defence industry.
The show displays the latest defence equipment, systems and technology for the benefit of high-profile visitors comprising defence and security personnel from the region.
Thales, Sagem, Boeing, BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Kamas Incorporated and Denel are among the top international defence firms who have confirmed their presence at the show.
In a sign that the region’s defence sector is coming into its own, several exhibitors from the region such as King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB) – Jordan and Advanced Electronics Company – Saudi Arabia are also participating.
Mubadala, Caracal, Offset Group, Abu Dhabi Ship Building, International Golden Group (IGG), Al Masaood, Bin Jabr and the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce & Industry rank among the top local exhibitors at next year’s event.
Over 30 national pavilions and nearly one hundred military delegations will take part.
Amphibious demonstrations featuring a range of craft will be held in the channel opposite Adnec and naval vessels up to corvette size will be berthed at the new jetty being built there. Jane’s Information Group will organise the Gulf Defence Conference alongside the Idex.
The previous edition of Idex in 2007 featured 862 exhibitors, 143 official delegations from 50 countries, 27 national pavilions, and attracted 29 mobility displays from 10 countries.
Contracts worth over $545 million were announced at the show including $380 million worth of deals signed by the UAE Armed Forces.-TradeArabia News Service