The organising committee of the sixth edition of the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference – DIMDEX 2018 – recently held a briefing session for defence and commercial attachés, military representatives and members of the media at Al Sharq Hotel. The briefing was attended by Major General Abdullah bin Hassan Al Sulaiti, Commander of the Qatar Emiri Naval Forces.

diplomat briefing DIMDEX2018_commanderThe briefing provided updates on the features of DIMDEX 2018, held under the patronage of HH, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar. It will be held on 12 – 14 March at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC). The briefing shared essential organisational details and technical information for the smooth participation of delegates.

Major General Abdullah bin Hassan Al Sulaiti, Commander of the Qatar Emiri Naval Forces welcomed attendees at the briefing. He said that he look forward to meeting the VIP delegations and discussing the latest news on maritime security and defence.

Staff Brigadier (Sea) Abdulbaqi S Al-Ansari, Chairman of DIMDEX, presented an overview of the progress the event has witnessed over the past decade and introduced attendees to the various aspects and attractions of the show. Staff Brigadier (Sea) Al-Ansari said the event continues to attract exhibitors and visitors from all over the globe.

DIMDEX has become an established and highly-anticipated global event and the organising committee is putting the finishing touches on the preparations to present another successful edition.’

Staff Brigadier (Sea) Al-Ansari  also said that the four key elements of DIMDEX 2018 will provide attendees with a wealth of opportunities to grow and establish new partnerships with leading businesses and key procurement decision makers. He again enumerated the four key features of the event:  the Exhibition, the Middle East Naval Commanders Conference (MENC), the networking opportunity with the VIP Delegation, and the Visiting Warship Display. This year follows the theme: ‘A World-Class Platform for Technology, Maritime & Defence Industry Capabilities.’

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Insights into the opportunities to network with VIPs and senior defence decision-makers were provided, with the VIP Delegation and Protocol Director speaking of how official VIP delegations comprising of Ministers of Defence, Chiefs of Staff, Chiefs of Navies, Coastguard Commanders and heads of defence industries, had been invited to participate. In addition, details were shared on how exhibitors can access key stakeholders via the advanced Delegate Management System (DMS) that has been designed to ensure efficient scheduling to establish new business opportunities.

Details about the security protocol and logistics for the Visiting Warships and their organised activities, and the sports tournament between the crews, were also discussed. The highly-anticipated Visiting Warships Display will for the first time take place at the newly opened Hamad Port.

Qatar Armed Forces Head of International Cooperation Department and Director of MENC, Staff Brigadier (Sea) Tariq Khalid Al-Obaidly, announced this year’s MENC theme: ‘Building capabilities in Challenging Environments through Visionary International Military Cooperation and Defence Engagement.’ He said that the conference is designed to promote international military collaboration and exchange, to accomplish global peace and security, alongside the protection of shores, borders and assets. As one of the four key elements of DIMDEX 2018, MENC gathers leading defence experts to discuss strategic topics that affect security in the region and beyond, through a united vision.

Fincantieri Signs Diamond Sponsorship for DIMDEX 2018

Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri confirms its Diamond sponsorship of DIMDEX 2018, in a signing ceremony at the Ministry of Defence earlier before the briefing, in the presence of officials representing Fincantieri and the event organisers. Achille Fulfaro, Fincantieri Vice-President Middle East Market Development, said they are pleased to renew the collaboration with Dimdex, which he said is a fundamental point of a winning business model, based on partnerships with the most prestigious players in the area.

The region’s leading maritime defence show highlights ongoing interests in global defence and security, educating industry leaders in matters of protecting critical offshore infrastructure and trade routes upon which global economies rely. DIMDEX also attracts VIP decision-makers from all over the world, exhibitors and visitors strengthening Doha’s position as a burgeoning business hub and offering global vendors valuable commercial opportunities to lucrative markets.

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