Welcome Messages H.E. Dr. Khalid bin Mohamed Al-Attiyah Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of State for Defence Affairs, Qatar It is our pleasure to welcome you to the State of Qatar, in conjunction with Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition & Conference. DIMDEX is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar and proudly hosted and organised by Qatar Armed Forces. Now, in its sixth edition, DIMDEX marks its 10th anniversary and offers participants ‘A World-Class Platform for Technology, Maritime & Defence Industry Capabilities.’ The stability of international waters and their established trade routes is of great importance to every nation around the world as maritime transportation represents 85-90 % of total global trade and annual revenue of commercial shipping exceeds USD 500 billion, making up 5% of the global economy. However, there are many risks that compromise the safety and legal operation of these vital routes. International military navies play an important role in providing protection from the effects of illegal maritime migration, piracy, drug smuggling, human trafficking, and exploitation of marine resources in addition to ensuring the smooth flow of goods especially food and energy, which have a direct impact on the population. DIMDEX acts as a cooperative chain, linking naval and defence industry professionals to initiate commercial deals, showcase state-of-the-art technologies and provide consultation with the objective of sustaining stability across global waters and protecting shores, borders and assets. As a collaborative environment to present recommendations, solutions and ideas to tackle these challenges, DIMDEX is a highly anticipated biennial exhibition and conference. We value your participation at this leading international event. STAFF BRIGADIER (SEA) ABDULBAQI AL ANSARI DIMDEX CHAIRMAN Now in its sixth edition, Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference, DIMDEX, is proudly celebrating its 10th anniversary. Seamless efforts to deliver a stellar global event distinguish DIMDEX from other maritime security shows. The meticulous organisation of this prestigious event has spurred huge growth in the number of attending official VIP delegations, exhibitors and visitors, in addition to the significant increase of the exhibition space. Gaining an esteemed reputation as one of the must-attend shows in the maritime event calendar, DIMDEX offers a vital arena for key decision makers, official government influencers and companies to gather under one roof. Continuing its premier offering, DIMDEX 2018 is expected to surpass previous editions to bring visitors an exceptional maritime security event, that positions DIMDEX as a global leader. The committee is dedicated to ensuring that this year’s show provides exhibitors, visitors and guests with first-class facilities and service that help them accomplish their goals. We are proud to welcome you in Qatar, the emerging hub for business.