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The Higher Organising Committee for the International Defence Exhibition (IDEX 2021), the Naval Defence Exhibition (NAVDEX 2021), and the International Defence Conference, held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, has briefed the diplomatic and military attaché community on the upcoming exhibitions. IDEX and NAVDEX 2021 will be held from 21 to 25 February 2021 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, with the International Defence Conference being held on 20 February at the ADNOC Business Centre.

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. Meetings held on 17 and 18 November 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.

Key UAE Event

His Excellency Major General Staff Pilot Faris Khalaf Al Mazrouei, Commander in Chief of Abu Dhabi Police, and Chairman of the Higher Organising Committee for IDEX and NAVDEX and the International Defence Conference 2021 gave the welcoming speech. He 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,” he added.

The 15th edition of the exhibitions and conference is a distinguished global platform that highlights the national defence sector, its infrastructure and showcases the latest technology of these industries.

Jack Richardson