World Defense Show, the global defense and security event
to be held in Riyadh under the Patronage of the Custodian of
the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, has
allocated 85% of its space, providing a platform for global
firms to connect with the regional defense market and
explore partnership opportunities with more than 100 Saudi
firms exhibiting at the show.
World Defense Show will be held under the patronage of the
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz
Al Saud. The inaugural World Defense Show, Saudi Arabia’s
international security and defense exhibition founded by the
General Authority for Military Industries (GAMI), is set to
take place in Riyadh from 6-9 March 2022.
World Defense Show’s royal patronage reinforces national
commitment to the growth and success of the show – set to be
one of the world’s leading defense events as well as the
global hub for business and defense innovation.
Ahmad Al-Ohali, Governor of GAMI, said: “On behalf of GAMI
and World Defense Show’s Organizing Committee, we are
honored and blessed with the continued support of the
Kingdom’s leadership to strengthen the Kingdom’s position at
the center of a more collaborative global defense industry."
“The Royal Patronage is an extension of the leadership’s
unwavering support to localizing 50% of military expenditure
in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030,” he added.
World Defense Show will be a global platform for defense
experts, industry leaders and manufacturers, enabling
massive collaboration opportunities between international
and local players, and allowing wider access to Saudi
Arabia’s evolving defense and security industries.
The show will take place every two years at a purpose-built
venue in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It will feature interoperable
defense solutions in the presence of Saudi’s key leadership,
international delegations and prominent industry
decision-makers from around the world.
The show will host more than 30,000 visitors including the
world’s top industry experts, who will participate in
thought leadership sessions focusing on the future of the
industry across air, land, sea, space and security.
The founder of World Defense Show, Saudi Arabia’s General
Authority for Military Industries, is the regulator, enabler
and licensor for the kingdom’s military industry. GAMI is
responsible for domestic defense sector development in line
with KSA’s commitment to Vision 2030 and to localize 50% of
military manufacturing by 2030.
Key government entities have confirmed their participation
at the inaugural show taking place from 6-9 March 2022,
including Ministry of Defense, Ministry of National Guard,
Ministry of Interior, Presidency of State Security and
General Authority for Military Industries. They will be
joined by some of the largest local defense firms including
Military Industries Corporation, Al-Tadrea, GDC, Middle East
Propulsion Company, Saudi Arabian Military Industries,
National Company for Mechanical Systems, and Wahaj alongside
leading global defense companies such as Embraer, General
Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, NORINCO and Rolls Royce.
Shaun Ormrod, Chief Executive Officer of World Defense Show,
commented: “With over 800 exhibitors, 30,000 visitors and 85
military delegations, World Defense Show will open the local
and regional defense industry to partnerships and
investments from international defense players.
“This will be the first time the global industry has had
such open access to all the opportunities with Saudi defense
entities, and we are greatly looking forward to providing
the world’s best meeting environment for global industry
The biennial event focusing on defense interoperability
across air, land, sea, security and space, will enable the
industry to keep pace with developments across defense and
technology. The speed at which these developments take place
compels the industry to cooperate across borders and domain
expertise to generate opportunities throughout the defense
By connecting key defense contacts, primes, SMEs, and buyers,
World Defense Show has laid the foundations to advance the
defense industry and address the challenges presented by
ever-deeper defense systems integration.