DIMDEX - Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition
DIMDEX 2014, the 4th International Maritime Defence Exhibition & Conference to serve the Middle East and North African (MENA) region will take place from 25 to 27 March at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC) in Doha.
The three day event comprises an exhibition, conference, senior staff delegations and visiting warships and will focus on naval & maritime security equipment procurement and support services. Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC) is located in the heart of the capital city, Doha.
While naval procurement programmes are in decline in many parts of the world, the Middle East and North African (MENA) region is stepping up its investment in new naval and maritime security capabilities in response to a wide spectrum of operational challenges.
The latest 20 year forecast for the MENA region suggests that over 600 new vessels will be acquired at an estimated market value of around £40 billion which represents almost 20% of the global naval market through to 2032 measured by the number of new hulls.
Mine counter-measure vessels and patrol craft remain a key focus with ballistic missile defence (BMD) and the advantages of sea-based detect and engage systems also a significant factor in planned acquisition. Submarine and ASW capabilities are also under review.
Maritime security capabilities such as maritime patrol aircraft, coastal surveillance systems and unmanned systems are all expected to boost spending in the near future whilst significant investments are also being made in port and naval base infrastructure.
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Whats New at DIMDEX 2014:-
Complementing the well-established Middle East Naval Commanders Conference (MENC) will be more brand new conference content supporting new technology and exhibitor categories, including through life-support, littoral protection, unmanned systems and maritime domain awareness.
More outside displays and demonstrations:
The extensive warship display at Doha Commercial Port is always an exciting and popular component of DIMDEX and for 2014 a brand new outside display area at the Qatar National Convention Centre is being introduced. Focused on naval aviation and unmanned systems, this is set to be an exciting new addition to the region’s leading naval defence exhibition.
More VIP delegations:
Dimdex 2014 will feature even more VIP delegations than in 2012, with personalised tours of the exhibition floor. The VIP delegation lounge will take centre stage in the heart of the exhibition.
More business to business interaction:
A brand new exhibitor lounge in the heart of the exhibition floor and more organised networking will allow for greater interaction and opportunities to develop business between prime contractors, technology manufacturers and SMEs.
Access a wide spectrum of sectors:
It’s not just vessels that contribute to the MENA region’s naval and maritime procurement plans. Complementary Maritime Domain Awareness, Maritime Security and Naval Defence capabilities including maritime patrol aircraft, coastal surveillance systems and unmanned systems are all expected to boost spending in the near future.
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