IDEX Organizers ADNEC (Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company) announced the launch of NAVDEX (Naval Defence Exhibition), a dedicated exhibition for naval defence, coastal and maritime security, that will run alongside IDEX (International Defence Exhibition & Conference), 20 - 24 February 2011.
NAVDEX will provide a showcase for the latest in naval technology incorporating warships, naval workboats and amphibious crafts, combat equipment, coastal security systems and sea-to-shore communication solutions. The event will feature quayside exhibits, exhibition stands within an air-conditioned marquee, on-water craft moored to temporary pontoons and daily amphibious and waterborne demonstrations featuring the latest boats and crafts. In addition, a number of International naval vessels, up to corvette size, are expected to be secured alongside NAVDEX, held at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center.
“Maritime security has rapidly emerged a top priority for the region’s governments with Gulf countries investing heavily to protect their coastlines. These nations have felt the need for large, sophisticated two-tier navies that on the one hand, protect the front line and, at the same time have capabilities to guard against terror attacks, piracy and smuggling, besides engaging in search-and-rescue,” said Mohammed Al Mashgouni, IDEX 2011 Event Director.
“IDEX has always been a much-anticipated show for ADSB. The launch of NAVDEX further expands the IDEX platform and we are confident NAVDEX will rapidly emerge as the Middle East’s premier naval defence and security exhibition,” said Mohamed Salem Al Junaibi, General Manager of ADSB (Abu Dhabi Ship Building). ADSB is a major player in the region’s ship building industry with 2009 revenues of AED 1.16 billion and more than 1,200 employees on its rolls.
For the delivery of NAVDEX, ADNEC (Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company) has signed a strategic agreement with Clarion Events who will manage the exhibitor sales and on-site organisation of the event.
NAVDEX will be staged at the Marina conveniently located adjacent to ADNEC on the water front. Access to the marina is via a footbridge which will directly link the IDEX and NAVDEX events allowing easy access for visitors to visit both events.