Boosted by growing interest from Ukraine, China and South Africa besides a number of other countries, IDEX 2011 has registered a 12% growth in exhibit space dedicated to country pavilions cementing the show’s reputation as the premier platform for manufacturerstargeting the region’s expanding defence market.
IDEX (International Defence Exhibition & Conference) and NAVDEX (Naval Defence Exhibition) 2011 will be held in parallel at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) from 20-24 February 2011 under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE.
Encouraged by their successful participation at IDEX’s last edition in 2009, Ukraine and China have boosted the size of their country pavilions by 53% and 77% respectively. In addition South Africa has expanded its pavilion by 46%, Bulgaria by 38%, Austria 35%, the USA 28%.
In addition, Canada and Belarus will host Country Pavilions for the first time next year, proving that the region’s largest defence and security show is still generating fresh interest from investors and exhibitors across the globe.
Returning again, Germany, USA, Turkey, Italy and France continue to occupy the largest country pavilion spaces. In all IDEX 2011 will receive a total of 31 country pavilions with a 12% increase in the total country pavilion space, taking up over 50% of the floor space available at IDEX 2011.
“We are delighted with the response to IDEX’s upcoming 10th anniversary. The show has gradually increased in size and significance over the years and this time several country pavilions have expanded their presence. This increasing interest and expansion bodes well for potential business deals to take place at the event in February” said Mohamed Al Mashgouni, IDEX 2011 Show Director.
Other confirmed country pavilions at IDEX and NAVDEX 2011 include: Korea, Russia, Pakistan, Sweden, Australia, Brazil, Belgium, Czech Republic, Spain, Slovak Republic, Portugal, Finland, Poland, Serbia, Switzerland, Croatia and Greece.
In total, more than 50 countries from across the world are expected to be represented by exhibitors at next year’s IDEX and NAVDEX exhibitions.
The UAE is set to mount a strong presence with prominent national companies such as Tawazun, Mubadala Development Company, Abu Dhabi Ship Building, Abu Dhabi Mar, International Golden Group (IGG), Emirate Advanced Investment, TRA and Bin Jabr Group planning to showcase the latest innovative defence technology and equipment.
Organized by Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company in association with the UAE Armed Forces GHQ at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, IDEX 2011 is expected to welcome over 900 exhibitors, and international visitors in excess of 50,000 people. Both exhibitions will showcase the latest defence equipment and services for land, sea and airborne systems and will attract national and international delegations, procurement officials, industry analysts, military strategists as well as the world’s leading defence contractors.
source: For more information, check Al-Defaiya Issue # 6/2010