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IDEX 2001 opens on Sunday

posted on 12/03/2001: 1616 views

The fifth International Defence Exhibition (IDEX 2001), dubbed as the biggest defence exhibition in the Middle East and one of the most significant defence events worldwide, will open on Sunday 18th this month.

The event will be held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. IDEX 2001 is set to take off to an impressive start this year with the participation of new generations of armoured vehicles and navy vessels, said Major General Sultan Obaid Al Suwaidi, General Director of the General Exhibition Corporation (GEC), of the UAE Armed Forces.

Speaking at a press conference yesterday, Major General Al Suwaidi said that preparations have been finalised in terms of allocation of pavilions for the exhibiting companies or arrangement of visits for the exhibitors. He said that that the number of the media personnel who will be covering IDEX 2001 has risen to 400 journalists from around the world, a fact that is indicative of the international reputation that the show has attained.

Three Arab countries, the UAE, Jordan and Saudi Arabia will be participating. Egypt has declined to participate for the first time this year due to its own domestic reasons. Iraq will also not be participating while Iran will be among the exhibitors, said General Al Suwaidi. While leaving the door open for all Arab countries to participate, Israel will not be allowed as usual, Suwaidi stressed. He said that strict regulations have been enacted to prevent the exhibition of chemical and nuclear weapons. Only conventional weapons and other sophisticated defence equipment will be exhibited, he stated. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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