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EXHIBITIONS, EVENTS ETC. - IDEX 2003

Seventy eight per cent of IDEX 2005 space booked

Posted on 21/06/2003

Paris - Seventy eight per cent of the total space for the International Defence Exhibition and Conferences, IDEX 2005, has been booked by international firms which re-affirmed their participation in the IDEX 2005. This was disclosed by Mohammed Al Nabhani, Director of the IDEX 2005 project, who said that the firms gave the assurance of their participation in the IDEX 2005 during their participation in the IDEX 2003 and here at the ongoing Le Bourget Airshow, where the UAE pavilion of the ...  >>MORE

SOFEX 2004 and IDEX 2005 promotional campaign at Paris Air Show

Posted on 15/06/2003

The General Exhibitions Corporation (GEC), is back in the driving seat and ready to start its promotional campaign for the Special Operations Forces Exhibition & Conference (SOFEX) 2004, from April 26th-29, 2004 and the International Defence Exhibition & Conference (IDEX) 2005 to be held from February 12-17, 2005. Following the great success of both SOFEX 2002 and IDEX 2003 and despite the current world climate of unrest in the Middle East region, the two events happened with an ease unexpected ...  >>MORE

SOFEX 2004 and IDEX 2005 promotional campaign at Paris Air Show

Posted on 15/06/2003

The General Exhibitions Corporation (GEC), is back in the driving seat and ready to start its promotional campaign for the Special Operations Forces Exhibition & Conference (SOFEX) 2004, from April 26th-29, 2004 and the International Defence Exhibition & Conference (IDEX) 2005 to be held from February 12-17, 2005. Following the great success of both SOFEX 2002 and IDEX 2003 and despite the current world climate of unrest in the Middle East region, the two events happened with an ease unexpected ...  >>MORE

WAM wins best media coverage award

Posted on 22/03/2003

The Emirates News Agency (WAM) has won the best media coverage award of the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX-2003), which concluded its sessions last Thursday. In a special ceremony held at the Armed Officers Club by the General Exhibitions Corporation, IDEX organizers, in honour of delegates and companies participating in the 5-day event, WAM was given a shield of excellence in appreciation of its best reporting services it rendered throughout the tenure of the exhibition. ...  >>MORE

UAE concludes deals worth Dh 1.6 billion during IDEX 2003

Posted on 22/03/2003

The United Arab Emirates has announced that it concluded defence deals valued at 1.6 billion dirhams at the close of the International Defence Exhibition and Conference IDEX 2003. Brigadier Obaid Salim Al Qitbi, the official spokesman of IDEX announced here today that the UAE Armed Forces concluded several deals with local and international firms which included a deal worth Dhs55 million , signed with an Al Banian firm AHBK and Mohammed bin Al Mahousen for the construction of Kukes airport in ...  >>MORE

Curtain falls on major defence show

Posted on 21/03/2003

The sixth International Defence Exhibition (IDEX 2003), which ended successfully yesterday, proved that the UAE transcends international politics or war threats and is a safe and stable place to do business. The next edition of IDEX to be held from March 6-10, 2005, is set to be even bigger with international exhibitors re-affirming their commitment to the exhibition and with over 70 per cent of space sold, organisers said on the concluding day. The five-day exhibition, which began on March 16, ...  >>MORE

Chief of Staff tours IDEX, lauds its success

Posted on 21/03/2003

Lt General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chief of Staff of the UAE Armed Forces, has confirmed that the good reputation gained by the UAE being a secure and stable country is the reason behind the success of the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX-2003). "It was exhibitors' and visitors' faith on the extent of security and stability prevalent in the UAE that led to such a success despite the circumstances currently being experienced by the region, thanks to the ...  >>MORE

Italy seeks to boost defence ties with UAE: Italian Defence Minister

Posted on 21/03/2003

Italian Defence Minister Antonio Martino has expressed his country's desire to boost defence co-operation with the United Arab Emirates. In a statement on the sidelines of the 5-day International defence Exhibition (IDEX-2003), which wrapped up its session yesterday, the Italian senior Minister said co-operation between the two countries in the sector of the defence supplies is excellent. " Negotiations between Italy and the UAE for the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding in the defence ...  >>MORE

UAE company to offer maintenance services to French naval fleet

Posted on 20/03/2003

An agreement was signed between the French government and an UAE shipbuilding company yesterday whereby the local firm will carry out repair and maintenance works for the French naval fleet in the Gulf region and the Indian Ocean. French sources told WAM today that negotiations on the contract value were conducted in October and November last year. They declined to give any figures but said it is computed in relation to the quality of service the Abu Dhabi Ship-building Company would render. ...  >>MORE

Head of French delegation to IDEX 2003 hails Franco-UAE ties

Posted on 20/03/2003

Jean-Francois Thibault, Head of the French delegation to IDEX 2003 has hailed the Franco-UAE relations as "historical , friendly and ever growing”. "The UAE has enjoyed long-standing ties with France for the last 30 years. These relations are historical, friendly and ever growing in all spheres, particularly in the area of defence” said Thibault in a statement to the daily bulletin of the exhibition "Show Daily”. He praised IDEX exhibitions as providing an excellent opportunity for defence ...  >>MORE

Exhibitors book for IDEX 2005

Posted on 20/03/2003

Following the astounding success that IDEX 2003 has achieved, exhibitors have begun signing contracts for spaces in IDEX 2005, organisers said yesterday. "About 75 per cent of the exhibition space has been fully booked with many exhibitors having signed contracts for the next show” said Ali Abdullah Al Tanaiji, General Director of the General Exhibition Corporation in a statement to the Emirates News Agency (WAM). Al Tanaiji added that bookings are expected to increase to over 85 per cent by ...  >>MORE

US defence industry ready to share technological expertise, says official

Posted on 20/03/2003

Huge investments in science and technology by the US defence industry have made it a leader in global defence industry and services and the US is ready to offer its expertise in this field based on requirements by countries, said Joseph P. Hollis, Director, Industry Affairs, Association of the United States Army. Hollis, who is co-ordinating the US pavilion at the ongoing IDEX 2003, told the Emirates News Agency, WAM, in an interview that the US defence industry is putting in more US dollars ...  >>MORE

Arab and International media laud IDEX's Press Centre

Posted on 19/03/2003

A number of Arab and International media organisations covering the International Defence Exhibition and Conference IDEX 2003 which is currently under way here, have lauded the media facilities provided by the organisers for the media. +The media facilities provided by the General Exhibition Corporation GEC, in conjunction with the UAE Ministry of Information and Culture, have made it easier for members of the international media to provide the best coverage that this event deserves+ a number ...  >>MORE

UAE, SA maintain excellent ties: Lekota

Posted on 19/03/2003

South African Defence Minister S. Lekota has said that his country's participation in the International Defence Exhibition (IDEX2003 ) stems from the belief that the event could serve as a platform for consolidating ties between various countries. He indicated that his country's relations with the UAE and other GCC states was based on a thoroughly studied plan. On defence cooperation between the UAE and South Africa, Lakota said that " ever since the signing of the agreement in1999, South ...  >>MORE

IDEX an ideal platform for promotion of defence products: Pak Defence minister

Posted on 19/03/2003

Pakistani Defence Minister Rao Iskander Iqbal has expressed his country's desire to boost defence and military cooperation with the UAE. " We are actively exploring the avenues of defence cooperation and the response generated from the UAE authorities clearly indicates bright prospects of enhanced defence industrial cooperation," Iqbal told the " Show daily" newsletter of the International Defence Exhibition (IDEX), currently being held here. He said Pakistan defence exports now stand at about ...  >>MORE

Delivery of F-16s to start from mid-04

Posted on 19/03/2003

The delivery of F-16 fighter aircraft to the UAE will start from mid-2004 in batches of five to six every month, said Major General Khalid bin Abdullah Al bu-Ainna, Chief of the UAE Armed Forces, to Gulf News on the sidelines of IDEX. "We are happy with the progress of the F-16 programme with the pilot training, the infrastructure, technical results and support received b. The bases are being built in the UAE, he said. The UAE signed a deal with Lockheed Martin I March 2000 for supply of 80 ...  >>MORE

HCT-CERT, ADWEA set up Emirates Project Management Association

Posted on 19/03/2003

The Centre of Excellence for Applied Research, CERT, HCT, and the Abu Dhabi Water Electricity and Authority, ADWEA, yesterday announced the development of the Emirates Project Management Association, EPMA. Dr. Tayeb Kamali, Managing Director of CERT and Jamal Salem Al Dhahiri, Deputy Director, Porjects Directorate, ADWEA, told a news conference at the IDEX 2003 venue that the EPMA is a national association for project managers that provides opportunities to develop skills, share knowledge, ...  >>MORE

Giat to upgrade Leclerc tanks for UAE

Posted on 19/03/2003

France's Giat Industries has agreed to upgrade hundreds of Leclerc tanks it has supplied to the UAE within a US$4 billion deal signed 10 years ago while the delivery of scores of recovery vehicles in the package has been delayed for modifications requested by the UAE. Giat, one of the key companies taking part in IDEX, said it had already supplied 381 of the 388 Leclerc main battle tanks to the emirates and the rest will be delivered by April. Two Driver Trainers have also been provided while ...  >>MORE

UAE committed to Mako training programme

Posted on 19/03/2003

The UAE is committed to the Mako advanced training aircraft programme which is in its final stages, said a top official of the European consortium, EADS. The launch of its development is planned for 2004 and the feasibility study will be finalised this year. The UAE and EADS have working on the Mako programme since November 1999. The Mako advanced training aircraft is designed to meet the future need for cost effective advanced training, lead-in-fighter training and companion training. ...  >>MORE

CAE offers turnkey aircrew training facility for ME states

Posted on 19/03/2003

CAE, the world's most experienced training and simulation provider, is offering a turnkey air crew training facility for air force personnel in countries in the Gulf and Middle East and is in talks with some states in the region to offer the full fledged training facility, according to a spokesman for the company. The Canadian company, which is participating in the ongoing IDEX 2003 expo, is ready to finance, build and operate such a facility complete with equipment and other requirements, and ...  >>MORE

Zayed visits IDEX 2003

Posted on 18/03/2003

President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan yesterday visited the International Defence Exhibition and Confer-ence (IDEX) 2003, which is currently being held here. Accompanied by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, Sheikh Zayed attended at the beginning of his tour, a field demonstration by armoured and combat vehicles that are on display at IDEX 2003. Sheikh Zayed was briefed during his ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Zayed visits UAE national Pavilion

Posted on 18/03/2003

Lt. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chief of Staff of the UAE Armed Forces today visited the UAE national Pavilion at IDEX2003 . During his tour of the different sections of the pavilion , Sheikh Mohammed was briefed about the defence and civil products which are being showcased by UAE local companies. Among the local firms which are exhibiting their products is the Abu Dhabi Ship Building Company, which is rapidly gaining reputation in the Middle East and the Gulf as a ship ...  >>MORE

UAE signs contracts worth Dh350 million

Posted on 18/03/2003

The UAE yesterday signed contracts worth Dh350 million with local and international firms during the second day of the International Defence Exhibition and Conference IDEX 2003, which is underway here. Brigadier Obaid Salim Al Qitbi, the official spokesman IDEX announced here today that a contract worth USUSUSUS$28 million was signed with a UAE company, ADCOM for the supply of towers for army personnel carriers (Guardian) of the UAE Armed Forces. Three companies, KBP of Russia, and NORINCO of ...  >>MORE

Gulf Defence Conference begins sessions

Posted on 18/03/2003

The Gulf Defence Conference 2003 started sessions yesterday on the sidelines of the International Defence Exhibition (IDEX) currently in progress. Addressing the opening session, Brigadier Sheikh Nahyan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Commander of the Presidential Guards, said the conference " is being held amid extremely intricate circumstances” and that the event in itself provides "such a rare opportunity to attract delegations from various nationalities and countries in order to exchange views.” ...  >>MORE

UAE, EADS to sign deal in weeks

Posted on 18/03/2003

The European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co (EADS) will soon sign the final US$215 million deal with the UAE to supply four C-295 Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA), it said yesterday. "We are expecting to sign the final deal with the UAE Navy in a few weeks,” Frederic Aragon, head of Communications Defence and Civil Systems, said. "The delivery of the aircraft will take place in less than three years after the final signing,” he said, adding that final talks were on. EADS won the deal in 2001 ...  >>MORE

UAE, Boeing talk to upgrade Apaches

Posted on 18/03/2003

The UAE is in talks with Boeing to upgrade its fleet of AH-64A Apache attack helicopters or secure new ones, a top Boeing official said.” The UAE could keep existing Apache helicopters or upgrade or buy new ones. But no decision has been made yet. The options are under consideration,” Mark Kronenberg, vice-president for International Business Development for the Middle East at Boeing Integrated Defence Systems, said yesterday. The UAE bought 30 AH-64A Apache helicopters from Boeing in 1992 for ...  >>MORE

High defence costs create GCC budget gap

Posted on 18/03/2003

GCC states sharply boosted defence expenditure to bolster their military capabilities in the wake of the 1990-91 Gulf crisis and the increase was at the expense of development spending and budget balance, according to a Western report. The six countries, which joined each other in a defence, political and economic group in 1981, decided to slow down their arms purchases in the 1990s because of concerns about the widening fiscal shortfalls but such programmes picked up in the following years. ...  >>MORE

UAE gets over 90pc of Leclerc tanks

Posted on 18/03/2003

Giat Industries, a French defence major, has delivered more than 90 per cent of the 400 Leclerc tanks to the UAE as part of the US$3.62 billion deal. The remaining will be delivered in due course. About misinterpretations of the contract, delaying delivery, Luc Vigneron, president of Giat, said the matter had been settled amicably with the UAE Army. "We have had very good co-operation with the UAE Army and the contract is a success,” he said. The misinterpretations related to who should pay for ...  >>MORE

Gamco to team up with BAE Systems

Posted on 18/03/2003

The Gulf Aircraft Maintenance Co (Gamco) will team up with BAE Systems to provide full maintenance and support to the UAE Air Force and Air Defence, thereby increasing the availability of aircraft. The proposed partnership will provide a sustainable and highly skilled workforce to maintain the Hawk aircraft owned by the UAE forces. These aircraft were procured between 1981 and 1992. "We are delighted that BAE Systems has chosen Gamco as their partner to fulfill our requirements. We are also ...  >>MORE

Ukraine eyes BTR 90 deal with the UAE

Posted on 18/03/2003

Ukraine is in talks with the UAE to supply BTR 90 armoured personnel carriers, a top official said. "The UAE Army has shown interest. So far we have not signed the contract. We hope the display at IDEX will make the UAE interested in our capabilities,” said Valery M. Shmarov, general director of Ukraine State Company for Exports. No other details were provided. Ukraine is cooperating with the UAE by setting up joint ventures with companies such as Adcom. Ukraine developed the BTR90 complete ...  >>MORE

Khalifa opens IDEX

Posted on 17/03/2003

His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, yesterday inaugurated the sixth edition of the International Defence Exhibition and Conference IDEX 2003, at the Abu Dhabi International Exhibition Centre in the presence of King Abdullah of Jordan and General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Defence Minister. Sheikh Khalifa, along with King Abdullah, watched a display by folk troupes ...  >>MORE

Opening of IDEX 2003 shows that UAE is stable and secure: Mohammed bin Zayed

Posted on 17/03/2003

The opening of the International Defence Exhibition and Conference IDEX 2003 amid participation of nearly 800 leading defence manufacturers around the world shows that the UAE is a stable and secure country, said Lt. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chief of Staff of the UAE Armed Forces. Speaking to the Emirates Television, Sheikh Mohammed said the large international participation at IDEX was also a measure of success of IDEX Exhibitions and Conferences. "The fact that many ...  >>MORE

Level of international participation at IDEX underscores Zayed's policy: Saeed bin Zayed

Posted on 17/03/2003

The level of International participation at IDEX 2003, which has drawn nearly 800 leading defence manufacturers around the world has underscored the wise policy of President H.H Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, said Sheikh Saeed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Seaport Authority. Sheikh Saeed said shortly after opening the marine equipment exhibition at Mina Zayed, which is part of IDEX 2003, that Sheikh Zayed had always sought to reinforce peace and stability in the region. He ...  >>MORE

IDEX importance stems from UAE reputation: GAMCO Chairman

Posted on 17/03/2003

The importance of the International Defence Exhibition and Conference IDEX, which kicked off in Abu Dhabi yesterday stems from the International reputation that the UAE has attained, thanks to the leadership of President H.H Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. +IDEX today ranks as one of the largest defence exhibitions in the world, thanks to the support of H.H President Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and H.H Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, and Deputy Supreme ...  >>MORE

50 Russian firms participate at IDEX 2003

Posted on 17/03/2003

Some 5o Russian defence companies are currently participating at IDEX 2003; it was announced in Abu Dhabi yesterday. The Russian defence manufacturers are showcasing over 500 defence and products, including armoured vehicles, modified models of T 72 tanks, anti-tanks missiles, surface to surface missiles and other products. Russian exhibitors say that latest technology has been introduced in the manufacturing of these products. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Boeing looking to expand presence in Middle East

Posted on 17/03/2003

Boeing's Integrated Defence Systems, IDS, one of the world's largest space and defence businesses, yesterday cited the Middle East and the UAE as important markets and the company is looking to further develop its presence in the region with focus on areas such as network centric operations and airport security. Mark Kronenburg, Vice President, International Business Development for the Middle East, said at a press conference at the IDEX 2003 venue today that the company, which handled business ...  >>MORE

Emirates Computers participates in IDEX2003

Posted on 17/03/2003

Emirates Computers, the leading technology company based in the UAE, has recently announced its joint participation along with its technical partner, Lightpointe at the 6th International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) held from March 16 - 20, 2003 in Abu Dhabi, UAE. "IDEX is ranked as the leading exhibition of its kind in the region. We believe that our participation at the event is indeed crucial as it provides us with the perfect platform to broaden our target audience and penetrate ...  >>MORE

IDEX success reflects world recognition, trust: Sheikh Khalifa

Posted on 16/03/2003

H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has underscored the significance of the UAE's achievement in organising big defence shows. He said the UAE had become one of the world's elite international exhibition centres. "This reflects the international trust in the UAE's capabilities, which had contributed immensely in transforming these shows into a valuable source of economic, cultural and social gains for the ...  >>MORE

IDEX 2003 is being staged despite prevalent circumstances: Al Suweidi

Posted on 16/03/2003

The fact that IDEX is being staged in the United Arab Emirates for the sixth time is a clear indication of the prominent position attained by the UAE under the wise leadership of the President His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan said Saeed bin Jabr Al Suweidi, Chairman of the Federation of UAE Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce of Industry and Deputy Chairman, General Exhibitions Corporation, GEC. Speaking at a press conference on ...  >>MORE

IDEX is one of most important exhibitions in the world: French official

Posted on 16/03/2003

The International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX), which kicks off here tomorrow, is considered by the French defence industries as one of the most important defence exhibitions in the world, a French Embassy spokesman in Abu Dhabi said today. The spokesman added that owing to this importance, particularly in terms of the regional market, French Land Defence and Naval industries have been chosen to participate in IDEX 2003 exhibition at unprecedented level. The French official ...  >>MORE

Khalifa to open IDEX tomorrow

Posted on 15/03/2003

His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, will tomorrow inaugurate the sixth International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) 2003. The exhibition, organised by the General Exhibitions Corporation, will run until Thursday. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince, UAE Defence Minister and Chairman of the Executive Council, has said many factors have contributed to the ...  >>MORE

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Seventy eight per cent of IDEX 2005 space booked


SOFEX 2004 and IDEX 2005 promotional campaign at Paris Air Show


SOFEX 2004 and IDEX 2005 promotional campaign at Paris Air Show


WAM wins best media coverage award


UAE concludes deals worth Dh 1.6 billion during IDEX 2003


Curtain falls on major defence show


Chief of Staff tours IDEX, lauds its success


Italy seeks to boost defence ties with UAE: Italian Defence Minister


UAE company to offer maintenance services to French naval fleet


Head of French delegation to IDEX 2003 hails Franco-UAE ties


Exhibitors book for IDEX 2005


US defence industry ready to share technological expertise, says official


Arab and International media laud IDEX's Press Centre


UAE, SA maintain excellent ties: Lekota


IDEX an ideal platform for promotion of defence products: Pak Defence minister


Delivery of F-16s to start from mid-04


HCT-CERT, ADWEA set up Emirates Project Management Association


Giat to upgrade Leclerc tanks for UAE


UAE committed to Mako training programme


CAE offers turnkey aircrew training facility for ME states


Zayed visits IDEX 2003


Mohammed bin Zayed visits UAE national Pavilion


UAE signs contracts worth Dh350 million


Gulf Defence Conference begins sessions


UAE, EADS to sign deal in weeks


UAE, Boeing talk to upgrade Apaches


High defence costs create GCC budget gap


UAE gets over 90pc of Leclerc tanks


Gamco to team up with BAE Systems


Ukraine eyes BTR 90 deal with the UAE


Khalifa opens IDEX


Opening of IDEX 2003 shows that UAE is stable and secure: Mohammed bin Zayed


Level of international participation at IDEX underscores Zayed's policy: Saeed bin Zayed


IDEX importance stems from UAE reputation: GAMCO Chairman


50 Russian firms participate at IDEX 2003


Boeing looking to expand presence in Middle East


Emirates Computers participates in IDEX2003


IDEX success reflects world recognition, trust: Sheikh Khalifa


IDEX 2003 is being staged despite prevalent circumstances: Al Suweidi


IDEX is one of most important exhibitions in the world: French official


Khalifa to open IDEX tomorrow