More than 60 countries will participate in the sixth edition of the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX 2018) that will take place from March 12 to 14 at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC).
The exhibition is held under the patronage of Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.
In a press conference held yesterday at SHARQ Village and Spa, the organising committee said that more than 30 countries would exhibit their latest maritime defence technology in the exhibition and many new countries would be participating in the exhibition for the first time.
More than 80 official delegations are participating and visiting the sixth edition which means a huge growth in the number of attending official VIP delegations, exhibitors and visitors.
DIMDEX is being held this year in special circumstances and it offers a vital arena for key decision makers, official government influencers and companies to gather under one roof.
The value of deals signed in the previous editions of DIMDEX was $31.95bn. The total number of visitors over years since 2008 is 49,254 and 70 participating visiting warships.
Major General Abdullah bin Hassan Al Sulaiti, Commander of the Qatar Emiri Naval Forces welcomed attendees at the briefing and wished them a successful participation in the sixth edition; “I look forward to meeting the VIP delegations and discussing the latest topics related to maritime security and defence.”
Staff Brigadier (Sea) Abdulbaqi S. Al-Ansari, Chairman of DIMDEX, presented an overview of the progress DIMDEX has witnessed over the past decade and introduced attendees to the various aspects and attractions of the show.
Staff Brigadier (Sea) Al-Ansari said that: “This year, we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the MENA region’s leading international maritime defence exhibition and conference, as it continues to attract exhibitors and visitors from all over the globe.
“DIMDEX has become an established and highly-anticipated global event and the organising committee is putting the finishing touches on the preparations to present another successful edition.”
Al Ansari added: “We are proud of the Qatar Armed Forces for organising a world-class programme that promises to be much more than a defence exhibition. The four key elements of DIMDEX 2018 will provide attendees with a wealth of opportunities to grow and establish new partnerships with leading businesses and key procurement decision makers.”
Qatar Armed Forces Head of International Cooperation Department and Director of MENC, Staff Brigadier (Sea) Tariq Khalid Al-Obaidly, announced this year’s MENC theme; “Building Capabilities in Challenging Environments through Visionary International Military Cooperation and Defence Engagement.”
The team reinforced that the conference is designed to promote international military collaboration and exchange, to accomplish global peace and security, alongside the protection of shores, borders and assets. As one of the four key elements of DIMDEX 2018, MENC gathers leading defence experts to discuss strategic topics that affect security in the region and beyond, through a united vision.
DIMDEX 2018 marks the exhibition’s 10th anniversary, offering participants “A World-Class Platform for Technology, Maritime & Defence Industry Capabilities.”
Since its inception, DIMDEX has witnessed continuous growth to become a leading event in the international maritime defence and security industry calendar. DIMDEX is much more than just an exhibition; the three-day event also features the international strategic Middle East Naval Commanders Conference (MENC), Visiting Warship Display from international naval forces, and elite VIP delegation visits.