The event is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, from 17 to 21 February, 2013 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) with Tawazun as the Headline Sponsor.
” Abu Dhabi hosting of IDEX and Naval Defence Exhibition (NAVDEX) over the last two decades promotes Abu Dhabi’s standing in the international exhibition industry given its successful strategic investment in defence industries and advanced technology in consistence with its quest for economic diversification under the Abu Dhabi Vision 2030,” Al Ketbi said at a press conference he held at the Armed Forces Officers Club to announce the launch of 11th IDEX.
”The UAE policy, crafted by the wise leadership, adopts the safe and peaceful co-existence approach for its citizens and residents living on its land,” he said, stressing that organisation of the international biennial event highlights the State’s commitment to security, safety and stability of the region and its firmed policy of respect for others.
As the leading defence event for region, IDEX 2011 attracted over 60,000 attendees and 1,060 exhibitors from 52 countries.
This year, he said, 1,112 companies representing 59 countries and 38 national pavilions will occupy an exhibiting area of 124,000 square metres at the twin event IDEX and NAVIDEX.
The UAE, he added, will host the largest country pavilion at this year’s IDEX with more than 147 UAE-based companies.
For the Naval Defence Exhibition (NAVDEX), Al Ketbi said 80 companies had registered, taking up a collective 6000 square metres of exhibition space dedicated to NAVDEX and unmanned systems.
The expanded quay wall will host 9 visiting vessels as opposed to only three on display in 2011.
The Unmanned Systems Area will bring together manufacturers and suppliers to showcase the latest and future unmanned systems and technology.
The head of IDEX organizing committee said the second Gulf Defence Conference (GDC), the official conference of IDEX 2013, and will take place Saturday, February 16th at the Armed Forces Officers Club, Abu Dhabi.
Organised by the Institute for Near East and Gulf Military Analysis (INEGMA), the GDC is a key opportunity for Abu Dhabi to host industry and government thought leaders addressing critical areas of industry development.
Leading the conference with keynote speeches will be France’ s Minister of Defence Jean-Yves Le Drian and the British Deputy Minister of Defence for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology Philip Dunne.
Al Ketbi said the conference will be split into three main themes covering New Paradigms in Land Warfare, Future Air Power Transformations and Naval Force Projection and Future Maritime Operations.
”IDEX Grand Opening Ceremony preparations are on track as scheduled. Top military commanders, VIPs, leaders of world business community and defence industry will attend the opening event. More than 77 defence ministers, 79 top commanders and chiefs of staff and military delegates from 82 countries were invited for the glittering launch of 11th IDEX,” he said.
Ali Saeed Bin Harmal Al Dhaheri, Managing Director of Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Company, highlighted the tireless efforts being made to upgrade ADNEC facilities, saying that IDEX exhibiting area was expanded from 108,000 square metres in 2009 to 124,000 square metres today.