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Higher Organising Committee of IDEX and NAVDEX 2021 Formed

The Higher Organising Committee for the International Defence Exhibition (IDEX 2021), the Naval Defence Exhibition (NAVDEX 2021), and the International Defence Conference has been formed in Abu Dhabi. Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, the exhibitions will run from 21–25 February 2021 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.
The Higher Organising Committee oversees the organisation of both exhibitions and the accompanying conference through a number of specialised sector-specific sub-committees. The Committee looks to ensure the success of these key events, befitting the regional and international stature of the UAE.
IDEX 2021, NAVDEX 2021, and the International Defence Conference are organised by the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC), in cooperation with the Ministry of Defence and the General Command of the UAE Armed Forces. The events showcase the latest developments in the defence sector. They will highlight the latest in military technology, helping develop the national defence sector. Additionally, the exhibitions forge new strategic relationships between entities attending the event and major international companies specialised in these sectors.
Both exhibitions will bring together a wide range of decision makers, sector experts, and industry specialists working in defence. Representatives will discuss how technological adoption can meet shifting global challenges, as well as discussing strategic development that contributes toward world peace.
Global Platform
His Excellency Major General Staff Pilot Faris Khalaf Al Mazrouei, Chairman of the Higher Organising Committee for IDEX and NAVDEX, said: “IDEX and NAVDEX are pivotal in developing the UAE’s defence sector and its wider contribution to our national economic development. Over its 27-year history, IDEX has become a global platform that showcases the latest developments in both defence and military systems.
International companies use IDEX and NAVDEX to showcase advanced products, using the opportunities of the exhibitions to conclude international deals and partnerships.”
While His Excellency Major General Staff Pilot Ishaq Saleh Al-Balushi, Vice Chairman of the Higher Organising Committee for IDEX and NAVDEX, commented: “The Higher Committee is coordinating with a wide range of entities in both the public and private sector, in particular ADNEC. We are ensuring that the events will be organised on schedule, following leading international standards, building on the previous successes of these exhibitions.”
Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri, Managing Director and Group CEO of ADNEC, highlighted: “We are proud to announce we have sold all available exhibition space. We anticipate welcoming over 1,300 companies from the land, air, and marine defence industries: with a growth rate of 271 per cent compared to the inaugural edition of the exhibition in 1993.
“ADNEC is working closely with a range of authorities, our partners from the public and private sectors, in addition to our exhibitors, to understand their varied requirements. We are able to hold this event in February, given our success in implementing precautionary and preventative measures to ensure the safety of all visitors and participants, in line with leading global health and safety standards. IDEX and NAVDEX 2021 will see the resumption of commercial activity, actively supporting the business tourism sector of both the emirate of Abu Dhabi and the UAE.”
Highlighting Tech Transformations
As ADNEC seeks to transfer global defence expertise locally, IDEX and NAVDEX will be accompanied by the International Defence Conference 2021. Held as a unique hybrid event, the conference will bring together global experts, decision-makers and specialists to either meet in-person or virtually. Participants will discuss how to balance innovation and security, understanding how to protect and use technology in the global defence industry, given the rise of artificial intelligence and the fourth industrial revolution, with the aim of implementing this technology across the global security sector.
Dr. Yahya Al Marzouqi, Vice Chairman of the Organising Committee for the conference, commented: “The global defence sector is both as fluid and as complex as ever. At the International Defence Conference, we look forward to bringing the industry together, with a wide range of governments, corporations, and academics from across the world set to attend the conference.”
Briefing Sessions for Diplomats and Military Attachés
The Higher Organising Committee also recently briefed the diplomatic and military attaché community on the upcoming exhibitions. The meetings held last month at ADNEC witnessed a distinguished diplomatic presence, reflective of the prestigious international standing of the UAE, thanks to its visionary leadership and pivotal global defence role.
In his welcoming speech, Al Mazrouei said: “The 15th Edition of IDEX and NAVDEX and the International Defence Conference demonstrates that the UAE and Abu Dhabi is ready to organise and host these leading international events. We are confident in our capabilities to welcome the world, once again, in spite of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The UAE has both the infrastructure and the expertise necessary to stage a global event of this size, ensuring that strict safety measures are implemented.
“These events have highlighted the important role of the UAE in supporting the defence industries locally, regionally, and globally. Today, the defence sector is considered an important economic pillar for major industrial countries. IDEX and NAVDEX have been transformed into global platforms, showcasing the latest innovative defence systems and bringing key international companies to compete under one roof. At the next edition, we have a unique opportunity to understand the latest developments in the global defence sector. Industry leaders from across the globe will be coming to the UAE, discussing the current challenges which are facing the sector, and the required security and defence strategies that will help contribute to world peace. We look forward to welcoming them for this important event, delivering a message that it is time for the world to meet, once again, in Abu Dhabi.”
For his part on NAVDEX, Naval Staff Colonel Rashed AlMhesni, Representative of the NAVDEX Committee, said: “NAVDEX is one of the world’s leading naval defence exhibitions that attracts the participation of naval forces and maritime companies from all over the world. NAVDEX 2021 will be held at ADNEC’s Marina, providing over 30,000 sqm of outdoor exhibition space, dedicated for water-based exhibitions. NAVDEX 2021 will continue being the ideal venue to showcase the latest technologies in the naval defence sector.”
The previous edition of IDEX and NAVDEX welcomed a large number of local and international companies and visitors. During the five-day period, 124,400 visitors attended, alongside 1,213 international media representatives from 42 countries and AED 20 billion worth of deals were signed.

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