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Idex, Navdex 2011 to open on Sunday

By Wam

Idex (International Defence Exhibition & Conference) and Navdex (Naval Defence Exhibition) 2011 will be held in parallel at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (Adec) during February 20-24, 2011 under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE.

Idex is the largest tri-service defence exhibition in the Middle East and North Africa region. The 2011 event marks the 10th edition of the International Defence Exhibition and Conference. Organised by Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (Adnec) in association with the UAE Armed Forces GHQ at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, Idex 2011 is expected to welcome over 900 exhibitors and international visitors in excess of 50,000 people.

The UAE is set to mount a strong presence with prominent national companies such as Tawazun, Mubadala Development Company, Abu Dhabi Ship Building, Abu Dhabi Mar, Advanced Integrated systems, Bin Jabr Group, International Golden Group (IGG), Emirates Advanced Investment, Offset Program bureau and TRA planning to showcase the latest innovative defence technology and equipment.

Top international organisations that booked significant exhibition space include Alenia Aermacchi, Aselsan, ATK, Air Boss Defense, Agusta Westland, Atlas Telecommunications, Advanced Electronics Company, BAE Systems, Boeing, Blucher GmbH, CAE, Cassidian, Conteno, Dassault, Diehl, Dyncorp, EADS, Finmeccanica, Flir Systems, FN Herstal, General Dynamics, GLOCK, HAIX, Harris Corp, Honeywell, Intermat, KAI, KBR, Lockheed Martin, L-3 communications, MBDA, MAXIMUS Air cargo, Nexter, Northrop Grumman, Oshkosh, Oxley, Patria, Photonis Night Vision, Pilatus, Raytheon, Rheinmetall, Rhode Schwarz, Rockwell Collins SAAB, Sagem, Selex Galilio, Sikorsky, Tecmotiv, Thales, Thyssenkrup Marine and Textron Systems etc.Inaugural Edition of the UAE's First Naval Defense Exhibition The UAE Naval Forces are proudly supporting the nation's first ever international Naval Defense Exhibition, Navdex .

The UAE navy will be hosting its lounge this year at Navdex, along with a massive stand to represent the UAE's Naval Forces. Associated with the internationally renowned Idex, this show will enjoy the well-established support and official patronage of its partner. It will also be hosting up to 5 visiting ships from countries including France, and UK, alongside the UAE's Baynunah, which will be officially inaugurated at the show's opening. Some Key Exhibitors at Navdex: Abu Dhabi Mar, Abu Dhabi Ship Building, Abu Dhabi Systems Integrated, Brahmos Aerospace, DCNS, Elettronica, Fincantieri, Finmeccanica, Goa Shipyard Limited, Gulf Logistics '&' Naval Support, L-3 Elac - L-3 MAPPS L-3 Nautronix - L-3 Valmarine, MBDA, Navantia, Oto Melara , Raytheon Co., Rodman Polyships, Russian Technologies State Corporation, Selex Communications, Selex Sistemi Integrati, Wartsila LLC and many more.

Canada and Belarus will host Country Pavilions for the first time. Idex 2011 will receive a total of 31 country pavilions with a 12 per cent increase in the total country pavilion space taking up over 50 per cent of the floor space available at Idex 2011. The strong representation of individuals from the GCC and Mena countries makes Idex a primary mechanism to reach these influential audiences.