The UAE will highlight its defense capabilities to the world with 151 companies from across the Emirates taking up indoor and outdoor exhibition space at the 10th International Defense Exhibition and Conference (IDEX 2011), marking a 48% increase in the number of UAE participants compared to 102 UAE companies at IDEX’s last edition in 2009.
Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, IDEX 2011 will be hosted from February 20th to 24th, 2011 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, UAE. In total, more than 950 exhibitors are participating at the show representing more than 50 countries. More than 50,000 visitors are expected to attend including around 150 Official Delegations from around the world.
IDEX 2011 is organized by ADNEC (Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company) in association with the UAE Armed Forces GHQ.
At 10,299 sqm, the UAE Pavilion will be the largest national pavilion at IDEX 2011, and will host many of the 151 UAE exhibitors including: Tawazun Holding, Mubadala Development Company, Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, Etisalat, Griffon Aerospace, Thales Advanced Solutions LLC and Advanced Integrated Systems.
Besides the UAE, other large National Pavilions at IDEX include: Germany (3,518 sqm, 55 companies), USA (3,295 sqm, 65 companies), Turkey (2,600 sqm, 45 companies), Italy (1,516 sqm27 companies), France (1,427 sqm, 61 companies), and China (1,058 sqm, 18 companies).
Tawazun, the show’s Headline Sponsor, has also contracted a significant amount of space – 1,547 sqm indoors and 146 sqm outdoors, housing 10 related subsidiaries including, Caracal International LLC, Burkan Munition systems LLC, Abu Dhabi Autonomous Systems Investments LLC, Tawazun Precision Industries and Caracal Light Ammunition.
“Tawazun is proud to sponsor IDEX and NAVDEX. These events provide a unique opportunity for Tawazun companies to showcase their capabilities to key government and military decision makers from the Middle East, North Africa and Asia, and leading defense companies from around the world,” said H.E. Saif Mohamed Al Hajeri, Chief Executive Officer of Tawazun.
Mubadala will host the largest UAE stand, in a massive 1,870 sqm space, which will be home to subsidiary companies including: Al Taif, AMMROC, Bayanat, Horizon, Injazat, Waha Capital, and YahSat. Abu Dhabi Ship Building, also a Mubadala subsidiary, will be a leading participant at the Naval Defense Exhibition (NAVDEX), being held in parallel with IDEX 2011.
In addition to long-standing UAE exhibitors at IDEX, 54 UAE companies are making their IDEX debut in the exclusive First-Time Exhibitor Zone. This reiterates the UAE’s evolution from buyer to supplier, and the country’s ongoing commitment to developing defense manufacturing and supply capabilities.