Doha – As part of the highly anticipated sixth edition of Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition & Conference (DIMDEX 2018), Hamad Port is set to welcome for the first time the Visiting Warship Display at its state-of-the-art facilities.
Marking a 10th anniversary this year, DIMDEX 2018 will be held under the patronage of Emir H H Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani and will be organised by Qatar Armed Forces, over three days from March 12 to 14th at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC).
Hosted off-site from the QNCC, the extensive display of visiting warships will comprise several types of vessels including destroyers, frigates, and fast-attack craft, to amphibious transport docks from the region and beyond. To date, DIMDEX has received over 70 warships at previous editions.
The arrival of the warships is one of the key elements of the three-day maritime defence event, as navies from around the world get to display their latest vessels and showcase their capabilities in protecting trading routes, borders and shorelines.
“Since DIMDEX was launched in 2008, we have continued to identify new avenues for putting on a larger, more diverse and exciting global maritime defence and security exhibition and conference. The organising committee is finalising preparations for the sixth edition that will mark our 10th anniversary. This year’s event utilises the new facilities and capabilities at Hamad Port and DIMDEX 2018 will display latest technologies from maritime security and defence industry, offering solutions to entities responsible for securing sea routes, international borders, and regional waters,” said Chairman of DIMDEX, Staff Brigadier (Sea) Abdulbaqi Saleh Al-Ansari.
Hamad Ali Al Ansari, Director of Public Relations and Communications, Qatar Port’s Management Company (Mwani Qatar), said, “We are excited to contribute to one of the region’s leading defence and maritime events and facilitate some of world’s largest naval vessels to be part of this premier event. Hamad Port offers expanded capacity, new sector-specific capabilities and hosts a base for offshore and marine support vessels. The port is strongly positioned to develop a regional shipping hub in the region and to play a major role in diversifying the Qatari economy and preparing it for a post-hydrocarbon future.”
DIMDEX introduces businesses to key procurement decision makers with key elements to support exhibitors and visitors achieve their goals. This includes; the exhibition to explore latest state-of-the-art technologies; and the Middle East Naval Commanders Conference (MENC) discussing pressing industry trends with academic and military speakers; the VIP delegations for exhibitors to access key stakeholders; and, the Visiting Warships.