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Khalifa opens IDEX 2001

posted on 18/03/2001: 1565 views


H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, today inaugurated the Fifth International Defence Exhibition, IDEX 2001, at the Abu Dhabi International Exhibition Centre with great hopes of gaining more momentum in the global exhibition industry and adding a new chapter in its success story.



The five-day event has been organised by the General Exhibitions Corporation (GEC). The area of the exhibition has increased this year by 25 per cent over the previous event. A total of 860 companies from 42 countries across the world, notably from the United States, United Kingdom, France, Russia and Germany, are displaying their latest military and defence technology and products at the Middle East's largest arms show. The opening ceremony was attended by King Abdullah bin Al Hussein of Jordan and General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Defence Minister. Also present were a number of Sheikhs, ministers, senior officials, heads of diplomatic missions, official delegations from 65 countries including defence ministers, chiefs of staff and defence experts.



Sultan Al Suweidi, GEC Director General, said that the organisation of IDEX at the advent of the third millennium underlined the prominent status enjoyed by the UAE at the international level, thanks to the far-sighted policy of President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.



In his inaugural address, Al Suweidi said that IDEX had become a spectacular success since it was first launched in 1993. "The number of exhibitors has increased from 350 to 860 from 42 countries around the world and this has established IDEX as one of the world's largest defence shows,” he said.



Al Suweidi said the 2001 event would witness a qualitative jump in military research through the holding of the Gulf Defence Conference, which will, for the first time, address GCC security and defence issues.



Sheikh Khalifa was received on arrival at the exhibition centre by General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Lt General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chief of Staff of the UAE Armed Forces, Sheikhs, Ministers and the Director General of the GEC. Sheikh Khalifa also received Arab and foreign defence ministers, Armed Forces Commanders and senior military officials, and exchanged views with them on IDEX. He later watched live demonstrations for some military equipment and vehicles. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)

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