DIMDEX 2016 has officially opened its doors to the international maritime community. Following its first appareance in 2008, the event meanwhile evolved as the region's most important specialised naval equipment and maritime security event. Embedded in the exhibition is the Middle East Naval Commanders Conference (MENC) that will open its doors on the second day of the event. Hosted and organised by the Qatar Armed Forces, DIMDEX 2016 is dedicated to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, addressing the region's overwhelmingly growing equipment demands. According to the Minister of State for Defence Affairs, Khalid bin Mohamed Al-Attiyah, DIMDEX 2016 comes at a "critical time when the world's attention is focused on the maritime security of the (MENA) region's offshore waters."
Manufacturers from all five continents are keen to present their latest products, services, and concepts at the Qatar National Convention Centre in Doha; most of which are designed to serve the most urgent equipment demands, namely of the Qatar Emiri Navy (QEN). According to the industry's very first statements 'on the floor', there will be interesting new ideas and concepts to cooperate; some were saying that there will be "great opportunities" and "huge benefits" for local industrial partnerships in various fields of interest.
Picture shows international pavilions participating in DIMDEX 2016 are from France, Germany, Italy, Malaysia, Pakistan, the United Kingdom, and the United States amongst many others. (Photo: Stefan Nitschke)