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IDEX success is a witness of great power of Abu Dhabi and UAE in holding regional and international specialised events: Maj-Gen Obaid Al Ketbi

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Maj-Gen Obaid Al Ketbi, IDEX spokesman expressing his gratitude to President and Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan for his patronage for the IDEX 2015, has said that IDEX is not only an international meeting of the defence industry but also a witness of great power of Abu Dhabi and UAE in holding such regional and international specialised events.

In his concluding remarks at the closing of the 12th edition of International Defence Exhibition and Conference, IDEX 2015, on Thursday, he also thanked His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and to His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces for the support and follow-up of the activities, attendance of the opening ceremony and visits of the exhibition.

He also thanked all the delegates, presidents, ministers of defence, and chiefs of staff of armed forces of friendly countries and announced the closing of the 12th edition of IDEX 2015, which he said is the most important specialised defence exhibition not only in the Middle East and North Africa but also at the International level. "The IDEX has succeeded in its present edition to enhance its own pioneering position as a meeting platform for the experts of defence and suppliers of military services and the decision makers all over the world," he declared.

The IDEX has taken its own international position and it has witnessed the attendance of more than 100 thousand visitors, and 159 official delegations and attracted 1200 companies from 56 nations including 18 exhibitors. He said that as this exhibition attracted visitors, it has also attracted the attention and admiration of all exhibitors as more than 50 percent of the exhibitors reserved the places for the next edition of IDEX that will be held from 19th to 23rd of February, 2017.

The IDEX and NAVDEX succeeded over three editions in realising noticeable growth as this edition attracted 99 exhibitors from 23 nations divided on seven pavilion at a total area of 3401 sqm, while the floating dock at ADNIC marina which was established for this purpose where 11 Naval vessels from the different countries including the Saudi Arabia, United States, United Kingdom, Pakistan and other Arab and friendly countries participated.

"The great success made by exhibition relied mainly on coping with the latest developments and that industry and perhaps the largest proportion of the success of IDEX and it may be attributed to the success of the UMAX, in its own first edition as it shed light on this next generation of defence technology used in the military and civil sectors through many unmanned systems and it would contribute to the life savings in cases of peace and reduction of casualties," Al Ketbi said.

It has attracted also three local companies and international companies representing 13 nations divided on 7 pavilions on a total area of 2384 sqm and also in its own first edition it has attracted the official interest in different sectors especially the organisation of the live demonstrations of drones.

Shedding light on the local companies participating in the IDEX the spokesman said, the number of the UAE companies reached to 170 companies that occupied 12500 sqm from the total area of the exhibitors which came to 13300 sqm while national pavilions came to 42 pavilion that spread over the area and Tawazun was one the most important companies as the total area of its pavilion was 3312 sqm. The United States stood first occupying an area of 4698 sqm.

"The IDEX is not only an international meeting of the defence industry but it is also a witness of great power of Abu Dhabi and UAE in holding such regional and international specialised events and perhaps one of the most important indicators of IDEX position, the type and volume of deals which were concluding during this event," he said, adding "this edition of IDEX 2015 attracted wide media coverage at the international and regional level represented by the presence of more than 850 journalists from more than 50 nations all over the world." He said that it has been decided that unmanned systems UMEX will be an annual event and the next edition will be held between 21st to 25th of February 2016. - Emirates News Agency, WAM –


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