The higher organising committee of the mega events was announced on 24 July 2016 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
Following the meeting, His Excellency Staff Major General Pilot Faris Khalaf Khalfan Al Mazrouei said: “IDEX is a leading international defence and security event and one of the largest globally. Since it was launched 23 year ago, it has evolved to become an attractive forum for decision makers and the biggest global companies specialised in this vital sector.”
He added: “Recent international geopolitical changes, especially in the Middle East, pose many security challenges for decision makers. Therefore, the role of IDEX and NAVDEX has become even more significant in providing an interactive platform for discussing and showcasing some of the latest defence and security technologies and solutions.
“I am fully confident that the organising committee will turn both of these events into unrivalled successes in a way that aligns with the directives of our leadership and strengthens our country’s prominent position regionally and internationally as a leading player in cutting-edge defence services and solutions.”