Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Doha is the Place. DIMDEX is the Event. “Fresh” is the Approach

…And Floor Space is Becoming Scarce.

The Qatar Coastguard announced their participation and support for DIMDEX as organisers report that the exhibition space is over 90 per cent “booked.” 

DIMDEX organisers and Clarion Middle East, promise that it is to be the largest and most influential DIMDEX yet. It will feature more VIP delegations than in 2012, with personalised VIP / Delegation tours of the exhibition floor to ensure that all exhibitors have a fair and equal opportunity with these critically important prospective customers. 

This is the first time that this has been offered at DIMDEX, while an exclusive VIP delegation lounge will be at centre of the exhibition, featuring NAVAL FORCES and AL DEFAIYA magazines. (To learn more about these publications, please visit www.mpgbonn.de)
NAVAL FORCES, AL DEFAIYA and MILITARY TECHNOLOGY magazines form the Mönch Publishing Group will be supporting DIMDEX as a the Official International Naval Media Partner.  NAVAL FORCES remains today as the world’s largest, most prolific and respected global Naval Defence and Maritime Security journal. 

Complementing the well-established Middle East Naval Commanders Conference (MENC) at the foundation of DIMDEX, there will be novel conference content supporting new technology and exhibitor categories, including through-life support, littoral protection, unmanned systems and maritime domain awareness.  

This increased amount of conference content and fresh focus areas has been added to support the new exhibitor categories or enhancements:
1. Training & Simulation (T&S) - this remains a high priority in the MENA region (see past issues of NAVAL FORCES, MILTECH and AL DEFAIYA). There is greater investment in “T&S” in MENA as part of force modernisation programmes.  This provides exhibitors with the opportunity to connect with visiting military representatives regarding training equipment, programmes, and Systems.
2. Naval & Maritime Aviation – indoor and outdoor displays will include both rotary (as in 2012) and fixed wing (new) aircraft.  Onboard and non-naval operations ashore provide a unique view into assets, capabilities and roles in this dynamic region.  The extensive warship display at Doha Commercial Port is always an exciting and popular component of DIMDEX and for 2014 a brand new outside display area at the Qatar National Convention Centre is being introduced.
3. Unmanned Systems – especially UAVs – will take centre stage as means for roles that span from reconnaissance to monitoring the security of critical infrastructures off-shore. (see www.mpgbonn.de for MILTECH’s annual Unmanned Systems Special Issue for 2014).
4. Critical Infrastructure Protection – as UAVs and UUVs are part of economic security in the region, DIMDEX will dedicate a specific focus on the protection of critical infrastructures, on- and offshore.
Fostering increased networking opportunities, DIMDEX premieres a special business benefit: The NEW Exhibitor Lounge.  This allows greater interaction and opportunities to develop business between prime contractors, technology manufacturers and SMEs in a relaxed and refreshing environment.  According to DIMDEX Organisers, this event provides peerless access to a wide spectrum of current and prospective customers in MENA / GCC.  Visit www.dimdex.com to reserve your space and learn more about why you should exhibit or attend.

Looking beyond just the vessels that contribute to the region’s naval defence, maritime security and economic stability, AL DEFAIYA and NAVAL FORCES support DIMDEX by also examining procurement plans and other relevant topics that complement the MENC and DIMDEX focus areas. 

Along with the print and digital versions of these world-leading magazines, the NAVAL FORCES Blog will be acting as an online Show Daily, covering the DIMDEX  and MENC before, during and after the event. There are special opportunities for exhibitors in the publication, contact Co-Publisher Stephen Elliott Esq. on elliott@mpgbonn.de.

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