IDEX 2015 begins rehearsal for grand opening ceremony in Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI, 5th February, 2015 (WAM) — The Organising Committee of the International Defence Exhibition and Conference, IDEX 2015, has announced that rehearsals for the grand opening ceremony will commence from next week.

Major-General Dr. Obaid Al Ketbi, Chairman of the Organising Committee for IDEX 2015, led the meeting of the Commission which was attended by Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri, ADNEC Acting Group CEO and Saleh Al Marzooqi, CEO IDEX, as well as representatives of local and federal authorities and the UAE Armed Forces GHQ.

The rehearsals will witness a planned showcase and movement of contingents from the various wings of the UAE Armed Forces, jets and helicopters among other equipment. The rehearsals will span across the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre and Arabian Gulf Street.

“These rehearsals are a key part of IDEX. With every edition of IDEX we work towards effectively showcasing our cadets and armed forces to inculcate a sense of pride amongst our people. The rehearsal undoubtedly ensures that the team is at its highest level of readiness, delivering the promise that IDEX offers to all visitors and stakeholders,” said Major-General Al Ketbi.

The committee meeting comes within the framework of several regular preparatory meetings taking place at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition to discuss key preparatory activities for the grand opening ceremony and the conference agenda for IDEX 2015.

IDEX provides unparalleled access to the innovative and cutting edge technology that is defining the modern defence industry. The success of IDEX can also be attributed to its contribution to the national economy – especially given the role it plays in attracting global investors in defence and security to the UAE.

UMEX, which is being held for the first time alongside IDEX 2015, will provide a remarkable platform showcasing the latest innovations in the defence industry, particularly in unmanned defence systems and is an area of key focus globally. UMEX will showcase a live demonstration of unmanned systems and vehicles for the first time in the Middle East and Africa region. The live demonstration during the opening ceremony will be held at ‘Tarif’ in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi.

This year, IDEX is set to build on the outstanding successes and momentum achieved during previous years. Running alongside the exhibition is the IDEX Defence Conference. The official conference of IDEX is a unique platforms to establish and strengthen relationships with government departments, businesses and armed forces throughout the region. The IDEX Defence Conference unite Defence Ministers, Chiefs of Staff, senior commanders from the UAE Armed Forces, government officials, senior decision makers and other commanding officers from international militaries.

The conference will bring together key decision makers from government, military and the defence industry, giving participants the opportunity to discuss the biggest challenges the industry is facing and potential solutions.

During the IDEX Defence Conference and the two day Naval Defence and Unmanned Systems Conferences, high level participants will be able to take a deep look at core issues of strategic importance to the defence industry through dedicated panels and strategy sessions.