Military and Strategic Journal
Issued by the Directorate of Morale Guidance at the General Command of the Armed Forces
United Arab Emirates
Founded in August 1971

2020-12-06

IDEX Will Bring the World Together in Abu Dhabi Once Again

 

By:Staff Colonel / Yousef Juma Al Haddad
Editor in Chief

 
While the novel Coronavirus has forced many countries of the world to cancel most events and exhibitions as part of the precautionary and preventive measures to face the pandemic, the UAE has been an exception to this. While planning to organise such type of major events, the UAE took into account the possibility of emergent crises taking place and prepared well to hold them at their scheduled time.
 
In this context came the announcement a few days ago about the formation of the Supreme Organizing Committee for IDEX 2021 and NAVDEX 2021 and the International Defense Conference, under the title “Prosperity, Development and Protection of Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Technology in the Era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” to be held from 21 to 25 February 2021, at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center.
 
Holding the 15th session of IDEX 2021 and NAVDEX 2021 exhibitions on time is not only a testimony to the success of the Supreme Committee in organising it with high efficiency and professionalism, but also a confirmation of the UAE’s superiority and leadership in organising these type of defence exhibitions at this time of crisis. The Coronavirus pandemic has presented unprecedented challenges all over the world and stopped the organisation of the international exhibitions. In the UAE, however, the Supreme Organizing Committee for the two exhibitions continues its efforts to hold them on their scheduled date.
 
This year, the UAE succeeded in organising the fourth and largest session of the two exhibitions – UMEX and SimTEX 2020 – which took place from 23 to 25 February 2020. The two exhibitions entrenched their status as global platforms to display the latest innovations, technologies and security equipment. This undoubtedly enhances confidence in the success of the UAE in holding IDEX and NAVDEX 2021 exhibitions.
 
It is noteworthy that while the major defence and technology companies in the world have cancelled their participation in defence and military exhibitions since the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic at the beginning of this year, they confirmed their participation in IDEX and NAVDEX 2021 exhibitions. This is evidenced by the sale of all spaces allocated for display in the two exhibitions. It is expected that the next session of both exhibitions will witness the participation of more than 1,300 companies specialised in various sectors of the defence industry, from more than 60 countries.
 
The continuous preparations for the upcoming edition of the IDEX and NAVDEX exhibitions come on time to complement the stories of success, prosperity and growth that the UAE witnessed despite the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. The government has succeeded in managing this crisis effectively and thoughtfully, without affecting its future plans or projects.
 
The 15th session of IDEX and NAVDEX exhibitions are of special importance, because it will be held in the year in which the UAE celebrates the golden jubilee of its founding, as it has made many qualitative achievements and unprecedented successes in its comprehensive progress in various fields. IDEX cannot be separated from these successes. Since the launch of its first session in 1993, this exhibition has embodied the ambition of the UAE towards leadership and supremacy by international standards.

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