ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirate, The next edition of NAVDEX 2019, held under the patronage of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, will witness a record number of international and local participating companies, specialised in the maritime defence industry, according to the organisers.
Held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, ADNEC, concurrent with the International Defence Exhibition, IDEX, from Feb 17 to 21, the number of participating military units for NAVDEX is expected to increase by 66 percent to 20 units from 15 countries. Displays will range from frigates, supply vessels and transport vessels to naval mine-hunters and naval patrol boats.
The 2019 edition will also see the participation of four countries for the first time, including China, Saudi Arabia, Thailand and South Korea.
A transportation shuttle will link events held in the free port area, where large ships will dock, and the exhibition site and marine channel. This edition will also open the ships for visitors, who wish to climb aboard and learn about their capabilities.
NAVDEX, the most important maritime defence exhibition in the Middle East, is expected to host more than 100 companies, who will present their most sophisticated products to take advantage of the opportunities offered at the exhibition.
Major General Staff Pilot, Faris Khalaf Al Mazrouei, Chairman of the Higher Organising Committee of IDEX and NAVDEX 2019, said, "The significance of NAVDEX as an international exhibition specialised in maritime defence is steadily increasing. The maritime defence sector is witnessing rapid development in terms of modern innovations and advanced technologies that compel professionals and personnel in this strategic sector to stay informed of the latest developments and technologies in maritime systems and equipment."
NAVDEX 2019 is sponsored by a group of national companies specialised in the defence industry, most notably the Emirates Defence Industries Company, the strategic partner of the IDEX and NAVDEX 2019 exhibitions, in addition to the Abu Dhabi Ship Building Company, the main partner of NAVDEX 2019.
Held over 133,000 sqm of internal and external area, the 2019 editions are expected to be the largest in their history as IDEX is set to mark its silver jubilee. The previous edition saw the participation of more than 1,235 participating companies from 57 countries and produced concluding deals valued at more than AED 19.7 billion (USD 5.36 billion).
Source: NAM News Network