Set to be bigger and more diverse than ever before, the
seventh edition of the Doha International Maritime Defence
Exhibition & Conference (DIMDEX 2020) will take place from
16 to 18 March 2020. With less than one year to go until key
decision makers from the maritime defence and security
industry meet in Qatar once again, DIMDEX organisers say
that demand for exhibition space is high and have already
received requests for bookings for the upcoming edition.
Held under the patronage of His Highness the Emir of the
State of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, and proudly
hosted and organised by Qatar Armed Forces, DIMDEX has grown
each year since its launch in 2008 and is now
internationally recognised as a platform for businesses from
the global defence industry to showcase their latest
technologies to government entities and industry peers to
form new partnerships.
Focused on ‘Connecting the World’s Maritime Defence and
Security Community’, DIMDEX 2020 will bring together the
latest innovations and solutions under one roof.
Participants will have access to an established delegation
management system that offers a business matching service
between the official VIP delegations and DIMDEX exhibitors.
Thought leaders from around the globe will be sharing their
expertise at the Middle East Naval Commanders Conference (MENC)
and several international navies will display their warships
at Hamad Port.
Strongly supported by His Excellency, Deputy Prime Minister
and Minister of State for Defence Affairs, Dr Khalid bin
Mohamed Al-Attiyah, and the attendance of other Qatari
military officials and government representatives, DIMDEX
2020 will continue to offer unprecedented opportunities to
its participants. DIMDEX has a proven track record of
delivering commercial opportunities for members of the
maritime defence and security community. In 2018, it
attracted 13,000 visitors from 69 countries and witnessed
the signing of more than 35 agreements, partnerships, and
memorandums of understanding.
With less than one year to go until DIMDEX 2020, a new
report by the Stockholm International Peace Research
Institute (SIPRI) shows that Qatar is ranked one of the top
importers of major arms in the region. In addition, global
defence spending – which reached a record of USD 1.78
trillion in 2018 – is expected to grow by 2% per year from
2019 to 2023 according to Jane’s Defence Budget.
In this context, DIMDEX 2020 is expected to attract record
numbers of exhibitors than in previous years. Organisers say
that a diverse range of prime suppliers and manufacturers
are requesting to book space, among which are new exhibitors
in growing areas of the defence industry like cybersecurity
and artificial intelligence, adding to the range of products
and technologies that will be showcased.
Staff Brigadier (Sea) Abdulbaqi S. Al-Ansari, Chairman of
DIMDEX, said: “The seventh edition of DIMDEX is set to be
one of the most exciting to date and we are seeing high
levels of interest from a wider range of industry players.
It will provide an opportunity for key decision makers to
learn about the latest industry trends and technologies, as
nations continue to invest in their militaries to maintain
stability and security. At DIMDEX 2020, I expect to see many
new developments in the cybersecurity field, which is an
emerging technology in the defence industry and an essential
part of the defence ecosystem.”
“Growing each year since its inception, DIMDEX has become a
firm fixture in the maritime defence and security industry
calendar and I look forward to welcoming delegates to Doha
next year. Besides meeting with previous edition’s
exhibitors, I hope to see many new participants from a
larger number of countries as DIMDEX widens its offering and
expands into new areas.”
DIMDEX 2020 will serve as a platform for businesses to
network with high-level defence industry stakeholders not
only from Qatar but across the globe. Qatar’s increase in
military spending to record levels is likely to act as a
draw for deal-makers looking for new opportunities in the
Staff Brigadier (Sea) Abdulbaqi S. Al-Ansari concluded:
“I very much look forward to this landmark event, which
promises to deliver an outstanding experience for all.”
The Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and
will be held from 16 to 18 March
2020, under the patronage of HH Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al
Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar, and proudly hosted and
organised by Qatar Armed Forces.
Now in its seventh edition, DIMDEX will “Connect the World’s
Maritime Defence and Security Community” by providing
limitless opportunities for exhibitors and visitors.
In addition to the main exhibition that will showcase the
latest products and technologies, DIMDEX hosts the Middle
East Naval Commanders Conference (MENC), a highlight of each
edition that attracts thought leaders from around the world
to discuss the latest geopolitical trends related to
maritime defence and security. It will also feature the
popular visiting warship display at the state-of-the-art,
Hamad Port, and the participation of key decision makers
represented by VIP delegations.
DIMDEX 2020 will follow a series of successful editions,
after it became one of the must-attend events on the
international calendar of defence and security industry.