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The International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX 2021) and the Naval Defence Exhibition (NAVDEX 2021) have signed an agreement with Abu Dhabi based advanced technology conglomerate EDGE Group to become the exhibitions’ strategic partner. The agreement comes in line with IDEX’s ongoing strategy to develop collaborative opportunities with leading Emirati companies specialising in defence and technology.

IDEX 2021 and NAVDEX 2021 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. They will be held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, from 21 – 25 February 2021 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. The events showcase the latest developments in the defence sector with both highlighting the latest in military technology, helping develop the national security sector.


The exhibitions are set to attract the participation of over 60 countries worldwide with more than 30 national pavilions confirmed to exhibit, drawing over 70,000 visitors in a carefully monitored Covid-19 environment. Representatives from decision makers to sector experts and industry specialists working in defence will discuss how technological adoption can meet shifting global challenges and how strategic developments can contribute towards world peace.

His Excellency Faisal Al Bannai, CEO & Managing Director, EDGE Group, said: “As the UAE’s industry anchor for advanced technology and defence, we are proud to be participating at IDEX and NAVDEX representing our consolidated sovereign capabilities.

Commenting on this strategic partnership, Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri, Managing Director and Group CEO of ADNEC, said: “EDGE Group is the national leader in the development of cutting-edge defence technologies. Our partnership underlines our goals of consolidating the position of IDEX and NAVDEX as both national and global innovation platforms. In doing so, we are supporting the UAE’s strategic goals, aimed at economic diversification.”

EDGE Group Involvement

EDGE Group is set to launch more than 10 products and exhibit over 50 core capabilities across its expertise in Platforms & Systems, Missiles & Weapons, Cyber Defence, Electronic Warfare & Intelligence and Mission Support. The company was established in November 2019 and aims to strengthen the UAE’s defence capabilities and the nation’s leading position as an exporter of security technologies, while fostering strategic relationships with a focus on commercial viability and value.

Jack Richardson