His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, visited a number of foreign companies at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) 2017, which is taking place at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.
He received information from representatives of participating companies about the latest products from armament and defence companies, and the best solutions for facing a variety of security challenges.
His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan visited the exhibition of the European MBDA Company, which specialises in missile systems, including surface to air missiles, air to surface missiles, anti-ship missiles and anti-tank missiles.
He then visited French company Thales, which works in the areas of transportation, defence, security, air surveillance radar systems and space technology.
He also toured the Australian pavilion, which includes 20 companies that specialise in communication networks, shelters, air support and operational bridges. He was received by the Australian Minister of Defence Industry, Christopher Payne, at the pavilion headquarters.
The tour of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan also included a visit to the French naval contracting company, DCNS, which specialises in naval technology, defence equipment and ship building, as well as providing innovative solutions for strategic systems, equipment and servicing for ships.
He concluded his tour by visiting the British pavilion, where he was met by Harriett Baldwin, British Under-Secretary of State for Defence Procurement.
His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan was accompanied during the tour by Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Affairs Authority, EAA; Mohamed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, Under-Secretary of the Crown Prince’s Court of Abu Dhabi; Yousef Al Otaiba, Ambassador of the UAE to the USA, and Lt. General Juma Ahmed Al Bowardi Al Falasi, Adviser to the Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
The UAE has become the centre of attention of the global defence and security industry, due to its stability and the trust it receives from countries throughout the world, said His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan at the end of the tour.
The occasion of IDEX 2017 in Abu Dhabi highlights the desire of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to employ all of the UAE’s energies and capabilities, in order for it to be in the forefront, and for its flag to be raised high at all events of honour, advancement, and humanitarian and cultural growth, he added.
His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed expressed his trust that the high-level meetings taking place during the exhibition can provide the proper environment to exchange constructive visions and ideas about many international issues, which helps bring together positions and policies that contribute in effectively dealing with challenges facing international security.