Defense contractors and military decision-makers converged on the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center in late February for the International Defense Exhibition (IDEX), the premier defense trade show in the region.
A five-day event, the gathering drew more than 80,000 corporate and military guests from around the world to explore the latest developments in defense technology and services. The biennial expo provided an opportunity for industry thought leaders to discuss modern military needs and pursue lucrative contracts to those ends.
A number of British companies were among the defense and security providers in attendance. Multinationals such as BAE Systems and QinetiQ were present, as were smaller companies like underwater vehicle specialist MSubs.
The first IDEX took place in 1993. At the time, the show drew 350 exhibitors from two dozen nations. Since that time, the expo has grown in both size and influence. In 2007, the event moved to its current site. Taking advantage of the nearby Abu Dhabi Marina, organizers introduced NAVDEX in 2011 to integrate maritime defense into the expo. This year, the show expanded further with the introduction of the Unmanned Systems Exhibition, or UMEX.
Now a world-caliber defense trade show, IDEX hosts approximately 1,200 exhibitors from 55 nations around the world. The event has enhanced Abu Dhabi’s place as a top destination for global business.