As part of the highly anticipated sixth edition of the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX 2018), Hamad Port is set to welcome for the first time, the Visiting Warship Display at its state-of-the-art facilities.
The recently opened 28.5 square kilometres Hamad Port, operated by Qatar Ports Management Company – Mwani Qatar – boasts a four kilometre long, 700 metres wide, and 17 meters deep basin, enabling it to harbour some of the world’s largest seafaring ships.
Marking its 10th anniversary this year, DIMDEX 2018 will be held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar, hosted and organised by Qatar Armed Forces. It will be held on 12 to 14 March at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC).
Hosted off-site from the QNCC, the extensive display of visiting warships will be comprised of several types of vessels including destroyers, frigates, and fast-attack craft. Amphibious transport docks from the region will also be on display. To date, DIMDEX has received over 70 warships at previous editions.
The arrival of the warships is one of the key attractions in the three-day maritime defence event, as navies from around the world get to display their latest vessels and showcase their capabilities in protecting trade routes, borders and shorelines.
DIMDEX Chairman Staff Brigadier (Sea) Abdulbaqi Saleh Al-Ansari that since the launch of the conference in 2008, they have continued to identify new avenues for putting on a larger, more diverse, and exciting global maritime event. The organising committee, according to him, is finalising preparations for the special sixth edition that will mark the 10th anniversary.
This year’s event utilises the new facilities and capabilities at Hamad Port and DIMDEX 2018 will display the latest technologies from the maritime security and defence industry, offering solutions to entities responsible for securing sea routes, international borders, and regional waters.’
In September 2017, Hamad Port was inaugurated by HH, Emir of The State of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, representing a long-term manifestation of Qatar National Vision 2030 – an all-encompassing plan focused on the nation’s social, economic, environmental and human development.
The strategically located Hamad Port will help in Qatar’s economic diversification through its scale, capabilities and trade affiliations. Due to the port’s enormous size, it will have an annual capacity of 1.7 million tonnes of general freight and 1 million tonnes of grain, with a specialised terminal supporting the entry of 500,000 vehicles per year. The port, upon completion of its development, will provide a total throughput of 7.5 million containers.
As a leading event in the global maritime defence and security industry, DIMDEX introduces businesses to key procurement decision makers with key elements to support exhibitors and visitors achieve their goals. This year’s exhibition is focused on the following agenda: latest state-of-the-art technologies; Middle East Naval Commanders Conference (MENC); VIP Delegations and stakeholders meet up; and the Visiting Warships.