As part of the highly anticipated 6th edition of the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX) on 12 to 14 March at the Qatar National Convention Centre, the DIMDEX organising committee recently announced the theme of the Middle East Naval Commanders Conference (MENC) – ‘Building Capabilities in Challenging Environments through Visionary International Military Cooperation and Defence Engagement.’

MENC, taking place on 13 March, is one of the key elements of DIMDEX. It offers deep insights from prominent leaders and experts, who share their experiences and knowledge on the geopolitical trends that affect the maritime sector on strategic, operational and security levels. The conference is for thought-leaders and offers a summary of the factors affecting the prospects for international navies and militaries, as well as the military and maritime industry in the region.

Brigadier (Sea) Tariq Al-Obaidli, the panel chairman of MENC 2018, stated that this year’s MENC theme has particular relevance to Qatar as the country is embarking on a major programme of maritime capability enhancement and transition from a Gulf Centric Brown-Water Navy into a globally influential and internationally engaged Blue-Water Navy.

MENC panelists and speakers will feature Chiefs of Navies and other top-level officials such as fleet commanders, defence and academic experts who will discuss regional and international issues and experiences of other countries in the defence and maritime sector. They will make suggestions on military collaboration and communication from a military and non-military perspective, exploring modern mechanisms and different ideas.

DIMDEX 2018 is hosted and organised by Qatar Armed Forces.

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