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 Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition & Conference (DIMDEX), a prominent event in the global maritime defence and security industry calendar, held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar, and hosted and organised by Qatar Armed Forces.
In light of the changes that the region is witnessing, and with the nature of challenges and threats evolving at a fast pace, military readiness has become more important than ever. Rapid technological evolution in the 21st century has created a growing demand for more sophisticated defence and security systems. Such developments have created a step-change in military strategy resulting in nations acquiring advanced technology to counter contemporary threats. They have also contributed to drastic changes in military strategy, driving nations around the world to enhance their armed forces’ arsenal of assets.
As one example, piracy has become more sophisticated in the maritime defence arena in recent years. This has led to the potential for a multitude of cyber-attacks that could put the stability of international waters at risk. Because of the rise of such threats, cyber security has emerged as a new domain that is interrelated with all defence industry platforms, as it forms a vital part of military communications infrastructure.
In this context, global defence spending reached record levels of USD 1.78 trillion in 2018 and is set to grow steadily by 2% per year over the next five years. Military exhibitions are widely considered the most suitable platform to showcase the latest equipment and technological development to world leaders and decision makers, helping to forge partnerships that will help to develop military capabilities.
We look forward to welcoming you at this elite event in Doha.
Staff Brigadier (Sea) Abdulbaqi Al Ansari
It is our pleasure to welcome you to the seventh edition of Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition (DIMDEX), which is held under the theme ‘connecting the world’s maritime defence and security community’.
DIMDEX 2020 will offer unmatched commercial opportunities to participants by providing a dynamic platform to showcase cutting-edge maritime defence technologies and discuss the latest global trends with key decision makers and leaders in the industry.
DIMDEX is firmly established in the global maritime defence and security industry calendar with a proven track record of delivering tangible benefits for its esteemed attendees. It has a reputation as a premier arena for showcasing the latest technologies that will help address regional and international defence challenges. This is done through the main activities of the event: the exhibition, the Middle East Naval Commanders Conference (MENC), the Visiting Warship Display from international naval forces, and meetings between the industry and invited VIP delegations.
DIMDEX 2020 is set to host large numbers of new exhibitors and visitors from across the globe to an even bigger exhibition space, where all participants can be assured that their objectives will be met. We are confident that it will retain its international position by attracting even greater numbers of key decision makers, VIPs and influencers.
I look forward to welcoming you to DIMDEX, one of the leading events in the global maritime defence and security industry calendar in 2020.