The Heir Apparent and Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Qatar Armed Forces H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani takes a tour of the stalls after the inauguration of the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX) at Qatar International Convention Center yesterday.
DOHA: The Heir Apparent and Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Qatar Armed Forces H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani yesterday officially inaugurated the 3rd Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (Dimdex 2012).
The Heir Apparent was greeted by H E Major General Hamad bin Ali Al Attiyah, Chief of Staff, Qatar Armed Forces and Staff Brigadier (Sea) Mohammed Bin Nasser Al Mohannadi, Chairman of Dimdex 2012, on his arrival at the Qatar National Convention Center (QNCC).
Hundreds of world’s leading naval figures and delegates from the 51 participating countries gathered at the QNCC conference hall to celebrate the opening of this year’s event.
The Heir Apparent later took a tour of the 4,700sqm exhibition area. The latest and most advanced equipment in naval security and maritime industry is showcased as part of the exhibition.
“The Heir Apparent’s continued support and patronage of Dimdex has helped to make it the region’s leading maritime defence exhibition and conference, and thanks to the vision of Qatar’s leadership that Dimdex has won its international reputation” said Staff Brigadier (Sea) Al Mohannadi in his remarks during the opening programme.
He added that the Dimdex 2012 is one of its kind in the Middle East and a good opportunity to showcase the most updated maritime equipment and enhance development of these machines in consultation with the experts.
Dimdex is an exclusive global defense maritime event that features the surface, undersea and coastal patrol aircraft/equipment and systems solutions. The exhibition is considered the most comprehensive and fully integrated naval show in the Middle East and North Africa region.
The event brought together the world’s leading maritime, territorial security, coastal defence and undersea defence systems industry to meet with world’s key decision makers, defence officials and government high dignitaries.
Organisers said Dimdex 2012 has surpassed the success of previous years, attracting 150 exhibitors. The presence of the latest warships at Doha Commercial Port serves to reinforce the importance of the exhibition and conference as one of the world’s foremost military events held in the Mena region.