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EXHIBITIONS, EVENTS ETC. - IDEX 2005

UAE University wins IDEX 2005 Extraordinary Award

Posted on 20/02/2005

The Organising Committee of the International Defence Exhibition and Conference, IDEX, has given the UAE University the Extraordinary Research and Advanced Technology Award, following a field visit to the University's pavilion at the IDEX 2005, where the committee reviewed the University's research works on show. Dr. Ibrahim Sidawi, Director of the UAE University pavilion, who expressed profound happiness for the award, said the award came to crown the efforts of all those who contributed in ...  >>MORE

Curtain on IDEX2005 pulled down

Posted on 19/02/2005

The 7th International Exhibition and Conference (IDEX 2005) Thursday afternoon concluded its activities on an upbeat note with UAE announcing deals worth about Dh3.5 billion taking the total of contracts it signed during the five-day event to Dh6.8 billion. More than 900 companies from some 50 countries showcased the latest defence equipment and technologies on over 25,000 square metres of indoor and outdoor space. Over 66 defence minister, chiefs of staff, high ranking officers and military ...  >>MORE

UAE reveals Dh3.7b deals at IDEX finale

Posted on 19/02/2005

The UAE revealed last Thursday deals worth Dh3.7 billion on the closing day the 7th International Defence Exhibition (IDEX2005) bringing the total of contracts struck by the host country to DH6.8 billion. At a press conference last Thursday, Brigadier Obeid Al Kitbi, IDEX spokesman, announced that Etihad Airways alone had signed a Dh 3.5 billion ($950 million) deal with Rolls Royce. The deal, struck after an intensive negotiation and review process that involved talks with the world's ...  >>MORE

Saif signs contract with Nokia

Posted on 19/02/2005

General Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Interior signed an agreement with Nokia Company to execute an advanced digital communications system for Abu Dhabi police. Deputy Chairman, Hanns Hollemberg signed for Nokia. Following the conclusion of the agreement which took place at the end of IDEX 2005, Sheikh Saif said that communications was the backbone of police work, adding that choosing Nokia to implement the project was a successful move in the wake of technical investigations and ...  >>MORE

IDEX: a vote of confidence on UAE economic progress: Hamili

Posted on 19/02/2005

Large participation of the world leading defence manufacturers at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX 2005) is a vote of confidence on the UAE economic development, according to Mohammed bin Dhaen Al Hamili, Minister of Energy. Al Hamili told WAM during his tour of IDEX last Thursday that the event had earned the UAE a well-placed position at the map of world's exhibition industry. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

First batch of copter pilots to graduate next month

Posted on 19/02/2005

The first batch of 38 students from the UAE Armed Forces and Interior Ministry will be graduating in March from the Horizon International Flight Academy (HIFA). The graduates will be awarded the civil helicopter pilot license, a HIFA press release said today on the final day of the six-day IDEX 2005 in which HIFA took part for the first time since was founded in September 2003. It has received a tremendous response from local and regional military and civilian sectors seeking helicopter ...  >>MORE

UAE, Switzerland in defence talks: Swiss official

Posted on 19/02/2005

Switzerland is presently in talks with the United Arab Emirates to sell it a high tech defence system, according to a senior Swiss defence official. "We are in contact with UAE official authorities to sell it a highly advanced, high tech defence system," Alfred Markwalder, CEO of Armasuisse, the purchasing organisation for the entire Swiss Army, told the Show Daily, an in-house newsletter published by organizers of the 7th International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX 2005) in Abu ...  >>MORE

Etihad Selects Horizon International Flight Academy for training its pilots

Posted on 19/02/2005

Etihad, a UAE national carrier, has selected Horizon International Flight Academy for training of its UAE national pilots, it was announced last Thursday. The pilots will then be inducted in the Abu Dhabi based Etihad Airways, according to a press release by Horizon. Etihad has recently placed orders for most modem Boeing 777 and Airbus 380 for its fleet. Horizon International Flight Academy is established by UAE Offset Group under Mubadala at Al Ain Airport. It already has 83 pilots under ...  >>MORE

Media feted at IDEX

Posted on 19/02/2005

The General Exhibitions Corporation (GEC) last Thursday hosted a reception for local and foreign media personalities who covered the events of International Defence Exhibition (IDEX 2005) which ended here today. Ahmed Humaid Al Mazrouei, GEC Director General, praised in a speech delivered at the reception, efforts made by the Emirates News Agency (WAM) in serving the media during the exhibition. "The edition's overwhelming success reflected on the economic and services activities in the UAE. ...  >>MORE

Event draws good response

Posted on 17/02/2005

About 28,000 military experts and interested visitors have thronged the event throughout the past four days. Mohammad Nabhani, IDEX 2005 project director, expects the number to rise to more than 35,000 today, the closing day of the five-day long event. Nabhani said visitors of the international gathering were confined to businessmen, decision makers and military personnel only. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

UAE to receive F-16 jets from US in May

Posted on 17/02/2005

The UAE Air Force pilots are under going training on F-16s which it purchased from the US company Lockheed Martin, while the country will take delivery of a first batch of the latest US-built F-16 jet fighters in May this year. According to company sources, the UAE has purchased the most modern version of F-16s, which are not even in the possession of the US Air Force. The date to deliver the aircraft has not yet been confirmed but it would be towards the end of May this year. The UAE ...  >>MORE

UAE signs pact for unmanned aerial vehicles

Posted on 17/02/2005

The UAE Armed Forces and South Korea's Uconsystem have signed an MoU to develop, manufacture and support unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and related systems. "This agreement represents critical steps in the development of the UAV research and technology centre," said Colonel Mahash Al Hameli, head of the Abu Dhabi-based centre that was established last year. "Uconsystem is honoured to sign the agreement with the UAE UAV Research and Technology Centre and contribute towards the UAE's ...  >>MORE

Interior Ministry signs accord

Posted on 17/02/2005

The UAE Ministry of Interior yesterday signed an MoU with Boeing to provide a national security system with an investment outlay of up to Dh250 million. Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Interior, and Marcus Hurley, president of Boeing Middle East Ltd, signed the agreement on the sidelines of IDEX. "Boeing will provide security equipment at ports, airports and other key places and act as a consultant for security systems in the UAE," Sheikh Saif said after the signing. (The Gulf ...  >>MORE

Delivery of vehicles to tackle nuclear and other threats will start in 2007

Posted on 17/02/2005

The UAE may acquire 22 German-made Fuchs armoured transport vehicles to detect NBC (nuclear, biological and chemical) threats. Deliveries start in early 2007, the makers of the system said yesterday. On Monday, the UAE officially announced it was acquiring the NBC defence system from Germany's Rheinmetall Land-systems for Dh768 million without stating the number or delivery schedule. "The company will supply 22 of the special version of NBC Fuchs for the UAE with 10 going for the Army and ...  >>MORE

Mohammed visits IDEX 2005

Posted on 16/02/2005

General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of UAE Armed Forces, visited yesterday the defence exhibition, IDEX 2005 in its third day, where he toured a number of national and global pavilions which exhibited the latest state of the art military equipment and defensive systems. At the German, Russian, Austrian and Indian pavilions, Sheikh Mohammed was briefed on the latest production of the weapons' industry with accompanying defence ...  >>MORE

Victory wins Kuwaiti Coast Guard contract for 16 patrol craft

Posted on 16/02/2005

The UAE's Victory team yesterday confirmed a Kuwaiti Coast Guard order through Kuwaiti agent Al Quatami Sons, for 16 high speed fast intervention patrol craft, with the first delivery scheduled for March, 2005. Participating and showcasing the first Victory Team built P-46 Patrol craft at the IDEX 2005 military show held here, the Victory Team said in a statement that the deal was signed for the order of the boats from the Victory Teams Commercial Division in April 2004, but information was ...  >>MORE

ADSB establishes new composite boat building facility

Posted on 16/02/2005

The well established reputation of Abu Dhabi Ship Building in the manufacture, repair and upgrade of Naval Warships and Commercial vessels is now greatly enhanced with the building of their new high-tech COMPOSITE WORKSHOPS. This new facility will provide ADSB with access to the important "Military and Commercial Composite Vessel" market which exists within the region and has many Naval and Para-Military committed followers. William Saltzer, the company's new CEO, stated: "Our new 4,400 ...  >>MORE

ADSB signs first naval contract with Oman

Posted on 16/02/2005

Abu Dhabi Ship Building (ADSB) announced yesterday the signing of a contract with the Omani Ministry of Defence, for the construction of one 64 Metre Naval Landing Craft "PROJECT MAHMAL" for the Royal Navy of Oman. According to the announcement by ADSB, the vessel has been designed locally and contains a number of special features to satisfy the customer's operational requirements. This contract represents another major milestone in the Company's short history as it is the first naval new ...  >>MORE

UAE commanders meet Senior European defence officials

Posted on 16/02/2005

Top Commanders of the UAE Armed forces met yesterday a number of senior defence officials of countries participating at the on-going IDEX 2005 to review issues of mutual interest. Major General Mohammed Hilal Al Ka'abi, UAE Armed Forces Deputy Chief of Staff, received separately Olli-Matti Multtamaki, Chief of Finnish Army and Peter Eickenboom, Germany's Ministry of Defence State Secretary. The Finnish commander appreciated the well-organisation of IDEX. He said that the defence show had ...  >>MORE

UAE to focus on counter terrorism defence equipment

Posted on 16/02/2005

The UAE, like many other countries worldwide, will be focusing more on counter terrorism related defence equipment in view of serious security concerns in the Middle East, Brigadier Obaid Al Kitbi, Head of the Military Committee, IDEX 2005, said yesterday. In reply to a query on the tragic assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri in a bomb blast in Lebanon yesterday and the possible need for countries in the region to step up measures to counter increasing terrorist threats, ...  >>MORE

UAE awards Dh 308m contract for helicopters, total deals over Dh3 billion

Posted on 16/02/2005

The UAE Armed Forces has awarded a Dh 308 million contract for eight new generation AB 139 helicopters to Bell/Agusta Aerospace Company of Italy. The total value of contracts was announced at IDEX 2005 was Dh717 million, while the first three days of IDEX saw a total of Dh 3.084 billion worth of deals. The helicopter deal was the biggest of the contracts announced yesterday. Brigadier Obaid Al Kitbi, Head of the Military Committee, IDEX 2005, told reporters at the IDEX 2005 venue that two ...  >>MORE

UAE-German defence cooperation progressing well: German officer

Posted on 16/02/2005

The defence cooperation between the UAE and Germany is making headway and will go even farther ahead in the future, according to a senior officer in the German Army. "Mutual understanding will lead both countries to further mulling draw up of cooperation plans in various domains such as joint ventures in military industry and rehabilitation of military personnel," said Brigadier General Peter Bruggemann in a statement to the Show Daily of the 7th International Defence Exhibition (IDEX 2005), ...  >>MORE

Deliveries of missiles to UAE underway: says French officer

Posted on 16/02/2005

France is currently delivering Cruise missiles to the UAE for use in Mirage 20005 jet fighters, according to a high-ranking French army officer. "Modifications to Mirage 2000 fighters have been completed and deliveries of cruise missiles to the UAE Air Forces are underway prior to their use in Mirage 20005, a major jet fighter in the world. Black Shaheen and Mica air defence missiles are also being delivered to the UAE," General Jean Paul Panie, Head of Directorate General of International ...  >>MORE

Lockheed in talks with GCC over upgraded patriot

Posted on 16/02/2005

Lockheed Martin announced yesterday that it was in talks with GCC countries to acquire the upgraded version of its patriot system (PAC-3 Missile). 'We have made presentations on the system to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and UAE. We have discussions with Saudi Arabia and Kuwait,' Ben Hobson, Senior Manager, Air and Missile Defence, International Business Development (Middle East), told the Emirates News Agency (WAM), on the sideline of the ongoing IDEX 2005. 'We hope to go back to Riyadh for ...  >>MORE

IDEX well organised: Saeed bin Zayed

Posted on 15/02/2005

Sheikh Saeed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Seaports Authority, today praised the organisation of International Defence Exhibition (IDEX 2005). He made the remarks while inspecting a number of vessels taking part in the exhibition. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

UAE strikes new military deals worth Dh1.06 billion

Posted on 15/02/2005

The UAE revealed yesterday that it had struck new deals worth Dh 1.06 billion in favour of its Armed Forces. Brigadier Staff Obeid Al Ketbi, spokesman of the 7th International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX), told newsmen that the most prominent of all these contracts is the one dealing with the purchase of a chemical defence system from Germany at a cost of Dh 768 million. SABIEX International SA from Belgium won a 61 million Dirhams (12.5 million Euro) contract to upgrade Armoured ...  >>MORE

Prince Andrew visits IDEX

Posted on 15/02/2005

HRH Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, yesterday visited the ongoing International Defence Exhibition (IDEX 2005) and toured a number of national and international pavilions. Prince Andrew's tour covered the Etihad Airways pavilion were he was received by Dr. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saif Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Civil Aviation Department and President of the airline. Sheikh Ahmed briefed the Duke of York on the airline's operations and future plans. He also visited the pavilion of Gulf ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Zayed visits IDEX 2005

Posted on 15/02/2005

General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, yesterday toured various pavilions of the 7th International Defence Exhibition (IDEX 2005) along with Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture and Information. He was briefed on the latest products and military technologies on display. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

IDEX visitors throng Zayed pavilion

Posted on 15/02/2005

IDEX visitors throng Zayed pavilion Abu Dhabi, The General Exhibitions Corporation has opened a special pavilion at the ongoing International Defence Exhibition (IDEX 2005) commemorating the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who is credited for inception of this event in 1993. The pavilion displays rare portraits and photos of Sheikh Zayed, which chronicle growth of Abu Dhabi under his leadership. It has drawn great number of visitors, including heads of delegations and VIPs. An eulogy ...  >>MORE

Maritime show opens in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 15/02/2005

Sheikh Saeed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Seaports Department, opened last night at Mina Zayed Port in Abu Dhabi the maritime show accompanying the 7th International Defence Exhibition (IDEX 2005), now in progress. Heads of delegations taking part in IDEX 2005, top ranking military officers and diplomats, attended the ceremony. A total of 14 vessels, including frigates, destroyers and warships from 11 countries showcased their capabilities in front of the maritime show's ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Ship Building to deliver first vessel to UAE Navy in 2008

Posted on 15/02/2005

The Abu Dhabi Ship Building Company will deliver the first of four naval vessels comprising the US$500 million (Dh1.83 billion) Baynunah contract to the UAE Navy in 2008, the company's chief said. The first vessel is scheduled to be completed in 2008 and the other three will be ready at approximately six-month intervals following the first," William Saltzer, chief executive of ADSB, told Gulf News. The contract was awarded in late 2003 and the first several months went into finalising the ...  >>MORE

Mohammed inaugurates IDEX 2005

Posted on 14/02/2005

Under the patronage of President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, General Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, inaugurated yesterday at the Abu Dhabi International Exhibition Centre the 7th biennial International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX 2005) in the presence of high profile dignitaries from across the world. Present at the opening ceremony were King Abdullah II of Jordan, General Sheikh ...  >>MORE

UAE Armed Forces' develops Surveillance and Reconnaissance Technology

Posted on 14/02/2005

The United Arab Emirates Armed Forces' Surveillance and Reconnaissance Technology is designed and built in support of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces mission to maintain security of the Nation and Peace in the region, according to an official armed forces source. 'Surveillance and reconnaissance systems are the eyes and ears of the political and military structure through which the necessary information is gained to support the decision making process. As an exam pie, satellite imagery in ...  >>MORE

King Abdullah tours IDEX

Posted on 14/02/2005

King Abdullah II of Jordan said yesterday that he was impressed by the advanced level reached by the UAE in planning and organizing major specialized exhibitions. King Abdullah stated after a tour of the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX 2005) that the event, which was opened today by General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, is displaying the most advanced Defence technology and systems, thus ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Zayed receives Prince Andrew

Posted on 14/02/2005

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan received in Abu Dhabi yesterday, the Duke of York, Prince Andrew and explored with him the bilateral relations between both their countries. The also discussed the importance of the IDEX 2005 and its achievements as a unique event that has placed the UAE in a leading position in the exhibitions industry. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Germany keen to enhance defence ties with UAE: Struck

Posted on 14/02/2005

German Defence Minister Peter Struck said on Sunday his country was keen to enhance its defence cooperation with the United Arab Emirates. He said German state of the art military equipment would be on display at the Abu Dhabi International Defence Exhibition (IDEX 2005). Struck, who was speaking to IDEX 2005 Show daily, pointed out that the UAE "is a very important country to Germany not only in defence cooperation but at various economic and political levels as well." "Our participation in ...  >>MORE

Dh1.4b deals struck at IDEX

Posted on 14/02/2005

The UAE has announced awarding defence contracts worth Dh1.4 billion on the first day of IDEX 2005 in its desire to equip its armed forces with latest weapons and technology. Brigadier Staff Obeid Al Ketbi, Chairman of the Military Committee and Spokesman of IDEX 2005 said that Agusta SPA won the contract for repair of helicopters valued at Dh261.208 million. Several companies applied and presented their offers which included Agusta SPA and Boeing – US. He told reporters that for buying ...  >>MORE

UAE will remain an oasis of peace: Nahyan

Posted on 13/02/2005

Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Education, affirmed yesterday the UAE would follow the sound policy drawn by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan to remain an oasis for peace and stability. He said that defence and trade exhibitions hosted by the UAE 'are advancing peaceful and defensive purposes and helping participants to narrow differences through dialogue and interaction. Speaking during a meeting with an audience of top military commanders including defence ...  >>MORE

Nahyan addresses Gulf Defence Conference

Posted on 13/02/2005

Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Education, yesterday inaugurated the Gulf Defence Conference, which is being held at Abu Dhabi International Exhibition Centre on the eve of the seventh edition of the International Defence Exhibition and conferences, IDEX 2005. IDEX 2005 kicks off on Sunday and closes on Feb. 17. Sheikh Nahyan, who opened the event on behalf of General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed ...  >>MORE

More Mirage jets on the way

Posted on 13/02/2005

The Commander of the UAE Air Force and Air Defence, Major-General Khalid Abdullah Al Buainain has said that the country was focusing on improving its airpower by inducting state-of-the-art French Mirage jets while first batch of the US-built F-16 will arrive by May this year. Speaking to reporters, after the inaugural session of the Gulf Defence Conference 2005, Major Gen. Buainain said that late last year, 60 Mirages were procured which made the UAE Air Force one of the most well-equipped ...  >>MORE

Gulf states to increase arms spending, new contracts expected at IDEX

Posted on 13/02/2005

Gulf states are likely to substantially increase spending on arms to keep pace with new technological developments in the defence industry and also as moves are on worldwide to change defence strategies from dependence on traditional weaponry to electronic weaponry, Brigadier Staff Obaid Al Kitbi, Head of the Military Committee, IDEX 2005, said yesterday. Brig. Kitbi told a press conference that new requirements in the defence field, particularly with the development of IT and electronics, is ...  >>MORE

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UAE University wins IDEX 2005 Extraordinary Award


Curtain on IDEX2005 pulled down


UAE reveals Dh3.7b deals at IDEX finale


Saif signs contract with Nokia


IDEX: a vote of confidence on UAE economic progress: Hamili


First batch of copter pilots to graduate next month


UAE, Switzerland in defence talks: Swiss official


Etihad Selects Horizon International Flight Academy for training its pilots


Media feted at IDEX


Event draws good response


UAE to receive F-16 jets from US in May


UAE signs pact for unmanned aerial vehicles


Interior Ministry signs accord


Delivery of vehicles to tackle nuclear and other threats will start in 2007


Mohammed visits IDEX 2005


Victory wins Kuwaiti Coast Guard contract for 16 patrol craft


ADSB establishes new composite boat building facility


ADSB signs first naval contract with Oman


UAE commanders meet Senior European defence officials


UAE to focus on counter terrorism defence equipment


UAE awards Dh 308m contract for helicopters, total deals over Dh3 billion


UAE-German defence cooperation progressing well: German officer


Deliveries of missiles to UAE underway: says French officer


Lockheed in talks with GCC over upgraded patriot


IDEX well organised: Saeed bin Zayed


UAE strikes new military deals worth Dh1.06 billion


Prince Andrew visits IDEX


Mohammed bin Zayed visits IDEX 2005


IDEX visitors throng Zayed pavilion


Maritime show opens in Abu Dhabi


Abu Dhabi Ship Building to deliver first vessel to UAE Navy in 2008


Mohammed inaugurates IDEX 2005


UAE Armed Forces' develops Surveillance and Reconnaissance Technology


King Abdullah tours IDEX


Mohammed bin Zayed receives Prince Andrew


Germany keen to enhance defence ties with UAE: Struck


Dh1.4b deals struck at IDEX


UAE will remain an oasis of peace: Nahyan


Nahyan addresses Gulf Defence Conference


More Mirage jets on the way


Gulf states to increase arms spending, new contracts expected at IDEX