DOHA: The fourth Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX) opened yesterday at Qatar National Convention Centre.
The Prime Minister and Interior Minister H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani attended the opening ceremony of the three-day event at QNCC Theatre.
The biennial event is said to be the largest naval exhibition to be hosted in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena).
Speaking at the opening, Qatar Emiri Naval Forces Commander, Major General Mohamed Nasser Al Mohannadi, called for partnerships and coordinated efforts among countries to overcome challenges and ensure maritime protection in Mena.
He said the event is an excellent platform to exchange views and discuss solutions for challenges and threats facing maritime security which has become a major concern in the region.
He said the event is a reflection of the wise strategy of the Qatari leadership seeking to promote cooperation and exchange of expertise to enhance maritime protection.
A documentary on capabilities of Qatari army, navy and air force and the event’s wings and functions was shown during the opening attended by VIPs, international delegations, sponsors and the media.
The Premier toured the exhibition along with officials of the organizing committee and was shown latest technologies at Qatari and international exhibitors’ stands. He also met defence ministers and chiefs of staff of brotherly and friendly countries.
This year’s exhibition has seen huge leap in terms of space from 12,000sqm in 2012 to 21,000sqm. It covers various domains in the naval and maritime defence, including anti-piracy, diving and underwater operations and vehicles, maritime domain awareness and technology and naval aviation, among others.
It also displays international warships and vessels of different classes, including frigates, corvettes, minesweeper and the Kilo Class Submarine berthed at Doha Commercial Port.
The Middle East Naval Commanders Conference will be held today bringing together the region’s naval commanders with their international counterparts.
It will discuss maritime security situation in the region, policies governing the maritime sector and strengthening defence policies and coordinated activities to safeguard national assets and ensure regional security.
DIMDEX 2014 is open from 9am to 4pm today and tomorrow.