Unabated march to glory

 07 Feb 2018 - 10:51

The Peninsula

Held under the patronage and vision of Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, and hosted and organised by Qatar Armed Forces, the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX) has become a leading event in the calendar of international maritime defence industry.

Set to be held from March 12 to 14 at the Qatar National Convention Centre, DIMDEX 2018 will see participation from over 60 countries while 30 countries will exhibit their maritime security and defence equipment in the expo.

The ambitious participation of world nations in upcoming mega defence expo is an expression of trust and confidence on Qatar by the international community and it also proves that the crisis created in the region by the blockading countries has not hindered Qatar’s march to glory. 

This prestigious event has become a dynamic gateway to industry insights, solutions and procurement opportunities, for maritime and defence leaders from around the world. 

DIMDEX 2018 presents a premier programme that provides the maritime and security community with access to cutting-edge military technology and the opportunity to build and strengthen relations with key stakeholders.

The value of deals signed in the previous editions of DIMDEX is $31.95bn. The total number of visitors over years since 2008 is 49,254 and 70 participating visiting warships.

Addressing a press conference recently, Major General Abdullah bin Hassan Al Sulaiti, Commander of the Qatar Emiri Naval Forces, said that he was looking forward to meeting VIP delegations and discussing the latest topics related to maritime security and defence with them.

Staff Brigadier (Sea) Abdulbaqi S Al Ansari, Chairman of DIMDEX, said: “This year, we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the MENA region’s leading international maritime defence exhibition and conference, as it continues to attract exhibitors and visitors from all over the globe.” 

Al Ansari further said that the four key elements of DIMDEX 2018 would provide attendees with a wealth of opportunities to grow and establish new partnerships with leading businesses and key procurement decision makers.

Meanwhile, as part of the highly anticipated sixth edition of DIMDEX 2018, Hamad Port is set to welcome for the first time the Visiting Warship Display at its state-of-the-art facilities. 

Hosted off-site from the QNCC, the extensive display of visiting warships will be comprised of several types of vessels including destroyers, frigates, and fast-attack craft, to amphibious transport docks from the region and beyond. 

The Middle East Naval Commanders Conference (MENC), a part of DIMDEX 2018, will also act as a forum for thought leaders of the naval and maritime security community to come together and share insights and knowledge about geopolitical trends that affect the maritime domain on both operational and strategic level.