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IDEX 2001 paves way for bigger show in 2003

posted on 24/03/2001: 2120 views

Most participants in the International Defence Exhibition and conference (IDEX2001) in Abu Dhabi emptied their stands and promised a bigger attendance in 2003. More than 80 percent of the IDEX area has already been booked for IDEX 2003 and Organisers expect new companies from more countries to come to the next exhibition. 'Our expectations are that the next IDEX will be bigger in terms of area and the number of exhibitors,' said Ali Al Tunaiji, Deputy Director General of the General Exhibitions Corporation (GEC), which organises IDEX events.

The expansion means that IDEX will maintain its position as one of the most important defence and security shows in the world and this will motivate GEC to take measures to further develop the exhibition. ' It has become a main feature of the UAE capital Abu Dhabi. We will do our best to keep this show to the highest standards in terms of organisation and facilities,' GEC Director General Sultan Al Suwaidi said.

' We want to live up to our promises to the exhibitors and visitors in the first place and to ourselves in the second place that IDEX will remain one of the best military shows.' IDEX 2001 paves way for bigger show in 2003. A disclosure was also made by France's Dassault that delivery of the advanced mirage 2000-9 to the UAE would start in 2004, when the US Lockheed Martin will also begin handing over the first batch of the 80 F-16 fighters.

The fighters are part of a 6.8-billion-dollar deal signed between the two countries almost a year ago and it is designed to bolster the UAE's Air Force within overall plans to beef up its defences. Organisers, citing comments by many exhibitors and visitors, have expressed relief that the Fifth IDEX was a total success. ' Many of them have praised the organisation of this exhibition, thanks god and thanks to our country's leaderships, and to our efforts and your (media) efforts, this IDEX has been a total success,' Suwaidi said. Tunaiji said more than 50,000 people including foreign leaders and officials, have visited the show while such big participants as the United States, Turkey, and Germany have booked bigger areas at the Sixth IDEX in 2003. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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