Under the Patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the 4th Edition of UMEX and SimTEX concluded Tuesday at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Centre, with trade deals valued at approximately AED 749,081,718 (US$ 205 million) during the three-day event, Emirates news agency WAM reported.
UMEX and SimTEX 2020, organized by the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company, ADNEC, in collaboration with the General Headquarters, GHQ, of the UAE Armed Forces, provided international visitors, including regional government delegations, civil entities and other sector-specialized agencies and organizations, with an overview of the latest innovations, technologies and security equipment. The exhibitions addressed the most prominent fields in which Artificial Intelligence and Unmanned Vehicles and Systems are used, in order to achieve goals that serve the environment and humanity alike.
Major General Staff Pilot Ali Mohammed Musleh Al Ahbabi, Chairman of the Higher Organizing Committee of UMEX and SimTEX 2020 and the accompanying conference, said: “This edition of the UMEX and SimTEX exhibitions achieved remarkable success and received praises from all companies and exhibitors, and this success would not have been achieved without the great support that the exhibition received from our wise leadership.”
“We witnessed significant growth in the numbers of visitors and the number of deals that were signed, in addition to the great willingness of international companies to participate along with the organization of several huge events in conjunction such as the Mohamed bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge organized by Khalifa University and the Series of Artificial Intelligence Competitions organized by the Ministry of Education, which confirms the leading global position that the exhibitions have reached during a short period of time,” he noted.
“UMEX and SimTEX are in line with the UAE's vision and Strategy for the Future, to promote the advancement of innovation and support the goals of the ‘2020: Towards the next 50’ initiative by elevating future technologies, which affect economy, education, infrastructure, and healthcare industries across the UAE. The events also promote the UAE’s position as a global hub for technology and innovation, in line with the global trends towards embracing the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” Al Ahbabi added.
Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri, Managing Director and Group Chief Executive Officer, ADNEC said: “The 4th and largest edition of UMEX and SimTEX cemented its leading and prestigious position at various local, regional and global levels. Both exhibitions play a major role in promoting UAE’s status as an international hub for technology and innovation in line with the global trends toward embracing the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”
“The 4th edition of both exhibitions and accompanying conference achieved record results, including; increase in the number of exhibiting companies to 166, with a growth rate of 38% compared to the previous edition in 2018, and local exhibiting companies have increased to 66, which count for 40% of total exhibitors. The total area of the exhibitions increased by 50% to reach 25,500 square meters. The two exhibitions attracted more than 25,981 visitors from all over the world, with a growth rate of more than 116% compared to the previous edition. Additionally, the number of participants in the UMEX and SimTEX Conference, held on 22nd February, reached 1,600 participants, achieving an increase of 433% compared to previous edition,” he noted.
Al Dhaheri confirmed: “Organizing the UMEX and SimTEX 2020 exhibitions, in conjunction with the Mohamed bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge and the series of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Competitions, emphasizes the flexibility of the facilities of the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre and the platforms it provides for internal and external exhibitions in addition to the marine display platforms.”
Al Dhaheri thanked the UAE Ministry of Defense, the General Headquarters, GHQ, of the UAE Armed Forces, all national entities, partners from the public and private sectors, sponsors, and supporters of this event in the country, for their exceptional efforts in organizing this global event, and enhancing its position at the regional and international levels.