“Our sales campaign for IDEX 2011 is well underway and we are very pleased to report that a number of players from the global Defence and Security industry including BAE Systems, MBDA, DynCorp International, and the UAE’s Mubadala Development Company and Offset Program Bureau, have been quick off the block with confirming their participation for the next edition which takes place in just over 15 months,” said Mohamed Al Mashgouni, IDEX Show Director.
Underlining the strategic nature of the show, National Pavilions at IDEX will once again be coordinated by Embassies, Trade Associations and Defence Export Organisations from a number of countries. 20 Pavilions including the USA, the UK, Germany, Italy, France, Turkey, Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic, Sweden, South Africa, Russia, China, and Australia are among the National Pavilions confirmed so far, with USA and Turkey increasing space requirements by 50 percent and 20 percent respectively. Besides these 20 Pavilions which are repeat participants, Poland will host a National Pavilion for the very first time at IDEX.
In another significant development, the UAE’s Tawazun, returns as ‘Headline Sponsor’ for IDEX 2011 following the excellent return on investment achieved by the company with its headline sponsorship of IDEX 2009.
IDEX, held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2011 and has over the years evolved and expanded aggressively since it was first held in 1993.
The last edition of IDEX, held in February this year, had over 897 exhibitors from 50 countries, 150 Official Delegations participating and 50,000 Visitors attending. Contracts worth billions of Dollars were signed at the show including a combined AED 18.4 billion in contracts signed by the UAE Armed Forces.