DIMDEX 2014 Attracts Defence Industry Leaders to Qatar

Held under the patronage of His Highness, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Crown Prince of Qatar, with the official support of the Qatar Armed Forces and hosted by the Qatar Emiri Naval Forces, DIMDEX 2014 is the definitive exhibition for the industry to take advantage of current and future procurement opportunities for all naval requirements across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

DIMDEX, now firmly established as the Middle East and North Africa leading maritime and naval defence exhibition and conference is set to be the largest event for maritime defence and protection of critical off shore infrastructure. It will be held at the Qatar National Convention Centre, between 25 – 27 March, 2014.

Brig. Dr.(Eng) Thani A. Al-Kuwari Assistant Chief of Staff for Financial Affairs, Chairman of DIMDEX said “Defence and security is one of the largest industry sectors in the world economy. The definition of international security has expanded to include more issues and actors in today’s world than ever encountered in our global history. Effectively confronting the threats of the 21st century requires careful engagement with this extended constituency and a new kind of integrated strategic thinking. Qatar is bringing together the world’s leading Commanders, industry leaders, key decision-makers, thinkers, academics, experts and buyers to exchange experiences expand networks and develop future strategies for the maritime industry. DIMDEX creates a critical platform for companies to present the latest technological developments to meet the 21st century maritime security challenges.

Christopher Hudson Middle East Managing Director of Clarion Events Middle East said, “The 2014 exhibition and conference organizer, commented that the current pace of new MENA naval programmes highlights the region’s position as a growth market in contrast to declining naval procurement budgets in other parts of the world. The MENA naval market is predicted to spend up to $50bn in the next 20 years with spending focused on patrol crafts, amphibious ships, mine counter-measure vessels, and support ships as well as the development of the new Qatar Naval Base. DIMDEX is the ideal opportunity for industry vendors to strengthen their relationships with senior military and industry leaders from across the MENA region as well as the international naval and maritime community.

DIMDEX 2014 will build on previous editions and is expected to see significant growth with over 200 exhibiting companies and an increase on the 79 delegations from 54 countries and over 9000 trade visitors received in 2012.

Hudson further commented that “DIMDEX is a fully integrated exhibition and conference and will provide the latest solutions for maritime defence and the protection of critical off shore infrastructure. The Middle East Naval Commanders Conference will take place during DIMDEX 2014 and will gather the region’s naval Commanders, together with their international counter-parts. Further vertical conferences built on the floor of the exhibition will take place during DIMDEX 2014 including: Unmanned Systems, Helicopters, Protection of Offshore Critical Infrastructure, Maritime Border Security, C4ISRTechnologies and Special Operations.

Qatar is strengthening its position as a flagship destination for meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions, with an ambitious vision in the expansion of International cooperation. Hosting DIMDEX has placed Qatar as the meeting venue for the maritime defence sector in the region as well as around the world. Brand new for 2014 is the outside display area at the Qatar National Convention Centre, featuring rotary wing aircraft and unmanned systems, set to be an exciting new addition to the region’s leading naval defence exhibition.

Dimdex, February 18, 2013


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