The organising committee of the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition & Conference (DIMDEX) is ramping up preparations for the next edition set to take place under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar. The seventh edition will be proudly hosted and organised by Qatar Armed Forces and will take place from the 21st to 23rd of March 2022 at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC).
Bringing together an unprecedented number of government officials, chief executives, industry leaders, key decision makers and exhibitors under one roof, DIMDEX 2022, which is one of the first few live, non-virtual defence shows scheduled to take place since the COVID-19 pandemic, will highlight the resilience of the global defence industry that has not just braved the pandemic but emerged stronger from it. DIMDEX 2022 continues with its theme and vision of ‘Connecting the World’s Maritime Defence and Security Community’, in keeping with its status as one of the premier events in the global maritime defence and security calendar.
On his expectations for the upcoming edition, Staff Brigadier (Sea) Abdulbaqi Saleh Al-Ansari, Chairman of DIMDEX said: “With a year left until the next edition, we continue to strive to present another outstanding edition of DIMDEX. We draw confidence from the manner in which the global defence and security sector responded to the pandemic by introducing new technologies to swiftly address emerging needs. We are extremely thrilled with the overwhelming support we are getting from our exhibitors, sponsors and partners, as they confirm their participation in the next edition.”
He added: “We remain acutely aware of the challenges that the world is facing and the new norms that have been imposed because of the Covid-19 pandemic, and therefore will remain vigilant and practice the highest level of health and safety precautions for DIMDEX 2022.”
A record number of local and international companies will showcase their latest products, capabilities, and cutting-edge technologies at the event in the presence of key decision makers and prominent officials, to facilitate Business-to-Government, Government-to-Government, and Business-to-Business deals. Among the other highlights of the three-day event are the Middle East Naval Commanders Conference (MENC), in which thought leaders from around the globe will discuss the latest trends related to maritime defence and security, and the popular visiting warships display at Hamad Port.
DIMDEX has an enviable track record of commercial successes related to agreements and MoUs and hence has a well-earned reputation in providing an unmatched interface between industry and end-users. The biennial maritime defence and security industry event provides a highly visible international arena for specialised companies to draw the interest of a global audience by showcasing their latest technologies and security and defence innovations. DIMDEX 2022 is expected to play a key role not only in fostering the symbiotic relationship between the global defence industry and governments but also in facilitating knowledge exchange to complement the national defence system and Qatar’s growing defence industry.
Qatar’s unwavering commitment towards developing its flourishing domestic defence and security sector is reflected in the support DIMDEX 2022 is receiving from local defence and security companies as well as Qatar government entities. Although primarily a maritime defence exhibition, various branches of the Qatar Armed Forces will participate at the event, not only to showcase their assets and capabilities but also to interact with the industry and exchange views about new and emerging technologies. The diversification of the show, in tune with the growing trend of interoperability across security and defence ecosystems, has enhanced the event’s appeal and made it a vital platform for both the military and commercial sectors.
The much-anticipated 2022 edition of DIMDEX is shaping up to be the biggest ever with the exhibition landscaped over 35,000 sqm. Eager to take advantage of the opportunities that the show will provide for commerce and knowledge-sharing, China, France, India, Italy, Turkey and USA have confirmed the presence of their national pavilions. Underscoring the growing international reputation of the event, companies from these nations as well as others have expressed significant interest in joining the list of exhibitors.
Since its launch in 2008, DIMDEX has seen exponential growth and is now regarded as a not-to-miss event on the international defence and security industry calendar, one that drives commercial partnerships and acts as a bridge between industry and government. With agreements worth over USD 32 billion signed across the previous editions, and more expected in the upcoming edition, DIMDEX is set to enhance its standing as one of the leading maritime defence and security events in the world.