Doha: DIMDEX 2014, the fourth International Maritime Defence Exhibition, officially opened yesterday at Qatar National Convention Centre, seeing participation from more than 175 exhibitors as well as over 80 delegations from 53 countries and 20 visiting warships from 12.
Open daily from today until March 27, it is the largest naval maritime expo to be hosted in the Middle East and North Africa region to date.
Exhibitors are showcasing domains of the naval and maritime defence, including anti-piracy, diving and underwater operations and vehicles, maritime awareness and technology and naval aviation.
They also showcasing international warships and vessels of different classes, including frigates, corvettes, minesweeper and the Kilo Class submarine, berthed at Doha Commercial Port.
This year, the naval and maritime industry has seen a very high demand for surface ships and growth in amphibious vessels being showcased at DIMDEX.
The Qatar Naval Aviation and Amphibious Forces, which work in collaboration with Emiri Naval Forces, are also taking part.
Warships arrived yesterday, followed by a pre-show press conference hosted by Staff Brig. (SEA) Abdulbaqi Al Ansari, Deputy Chairman and Board Member, Tim Porter, Managing Director, Defence & Security, Clarion Events, Bob Nugent, Market Analyst and Media Support, AMI International, and James Souza, Middle East Naval Commanders Conference (MENC) Director, Clarion Events, followed by a Q&A session with panellists where the outline of DIMDEX was discussed.
The exhibition and conference space has grown from 12,000sqm in 2012 to now over 21,000sqm.
Leading manufacturers of naval maritime security equipment are showcasing their latest solutions for maritime defence and protection of critical offshore infrastructure. Highlights include the MENC conference on March 26 which will bring together the region’s naval commanders and their international counterparts.
Sessions will discuss unmanned systems, helicopters, protection of offshore critical infrastructure, maritime border security, C4ISR technologies and special operations.
LNG shipping company Nakilat and its shipyard joint ventures, shipbuilder Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar (NDSQ) and ship repairer Nakilat-Keppel Offshore & Marine (N-KOM), are showcasing world-class capabilities of Qatar’s premier shipyard.
Nakilat, NDSQ and N-KOM are promoting Erhama Bin Jaber Al Jalahma Shipyard and Qatar’s marine industry and are diamond sponsors of the event.
Delegates from around the world are visiting Nakilat, NDSQ and N-KOM at stand H5-15. Nakilat and NDSQ are also exhibiting two vessels at Doha Commercial Port — an 11-metre-long ultra-high-speed craft and a 98-metre-long frigate, both customised for use by maritime security forces.
Engineer Abdullah Fadhalah Al Sulaiti, Managing Director, Nakilat and Chairman of NDSQ and N-KOM, said: “DIMDEX is an excellent opportunity for Nakilat, NDSQ and N-KOM to raise the profile of their shipbuilding and ship repair capabilities, with emphasis on the high level of service we are able to offer. Our participation reinforces our companies’ commitment to continued growth of Qatar’s premier shipyard in support of a diversified and sustainable future for the country, as outlined in Qatar National Vision 2030.”
Boeing is showcasing a diverse portfolio of products, and capabilities it can provide customers in the region. Products include AH-64E Apache helicopter, Airborne Early Warning & Control surveillance aircraft, AH-6i light attack and reconnaissance helicopter, F-15 and F/A-18 tactical fighters and unmanned aerial systems, including ScanEagle and Integrator.
Boeing’s large space features models, visual displays, an Advanced F-15 fighter simulator, console demonstrators and product information via video displays. Its maritime capabilities in command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance area are also featured.
Thales, which has been operating in Qatar for over 30 years and is a long-standing partner of the Qatar Armed Forces, is also participating. It is highlighting its activities in underwater warfare, above water solutions, maritime surveillance systems, naval communications, and electronic warfare systems at its Stand H4-35 (Hall 4). The Peninsula