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World Defense Show to boost KSA by $186m; thousands of jobs

RIYADH, January 11, 2022

Saudi Arabia’s inaugural World Defense Show would generate thousands of jobs and boost the kingdom’s economy by SR700 million ($186 million), according to a report by consultancy Ernst & Young (EY).
 
As Saudi Arabia looks to localise 50% of its military expenditure under national Vision 2030 objectives, the event, founded by the General Authority for Military Industries (GAMI) and taking place in Riyadh from March 6 to 9 2022 under the patronage of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud – will unlock opportunities for international exhibitors and visitors to be part of the kingdom’s growth.
 
According to the EY analysis, which considered factors ranging from daily visitor spend to imports and exports, World Defense Show will create SR700 million of economic activity by 2030.
The figures also suggest that 4,825 Saudi-based jobs will be directly supported by the show in sectors including hospitality, construction and transport.
 
World Defense Show will demonstrate Saudi Arabia’s defense ecosystem and capabilities, featuring local entities like show founder General Authority for Military Industries (GAMI), Ministry of Defense, Ministry of National Guard, Ministry of Interior, Presidency of State Security and WDS Strategic Partner Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI).
 
With the vast majority of exhibition space allocated across the 800,000 sq m purpose-built venue, the event has attracted overwhelming interest from the global defense industry.
 
Multinational firms and start-ups across air, land, sea, space and security are set to exhibit and demonstrate their latest assets and technologies in an optimal networking environment for collaboration and innovation. 
 
Registration for industry professionals is available now through the World Defense Show website. All vetted international attendees will receive a complimentary multi-entry visa to Saudi Arabia – valid for one year – to facilitate progress and developments in the Kingdom’s defense industry post-show.  
-- TradeArabia News Service



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