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DIMDEX 2016 - Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition & Conference

DIMDEX 2016 - 29 to 31 March

DIMDEX 2016 will be held in Doha from 29 to 31 March 2016 at the Qatar National Convention Centre.

The three-day event comprises an exhibition, the international strategic Middle East Naval Commanders Conference (MENC), the visit of warships to Doha Commercial Port and elite VIP delegation visits.

The upcoming fifth edition of DIMDEX is the first that is solely organised and hosted by the Qatar Armed Forces and will be accompanied by a number of events such as the international strategic Middle East Naval Commanders Conference (MENC) where defence and security experts from various countries around the world discuss the challenges and factors affecting maritime security in the MENA region.

DIMDEX has become one of the largest international events focusing on naval defence and maritime security. With over 200 industry vendors and over 20 warships expected, DIMDEX 2016 will be the seminal event of the year for networking with industry professionals and senior defence officials from the MENA region and around the world.

A short distance from the QNCC, various classes of warships will be docking at Doha Commercial Port during DIMDEX 2016 and open to visitors. The warships will be demonstrating their technical capabilities and playing host to networking events that bring exhibitors together with decision makers in atmospheric surroundings.

The extensive warship display at Doha Commercial Port is a popular component of DIMDEX. Navies from the region and beyond are invited to send their warships and crews to display today’s most modern and capable ships.

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DIMDEX attracts a national and international audience of key decision-makers from government, military, naval forces and the maritime defence industry:-

  • Defence and Security Ministers
  • Chiefs of Staff, Chiefs of Navies, Coastguard Commanders
  • Procurement Directorates
  • Plans and Policies Departments
  • Capability Development Directors
  • Heads of MRO
  • Marines and Special Forces
  • Classification Societies
  • Critical National Infrastructure Authorities
  • Naval Shipyards
  • Port Authorities
  • Customs and Border Security Agencies
  • Defence & Security Contractors
  • Academia and Research Organisations
  • Associations and Industry Bodies

Middle East Naval Commanders Conference (MENC)

“The Maritime Domain – The Centre of Gravity for the Regional Security Complex of the Arabian Gulf"

The Maritime domain is what connects all states along the coast of the Arabian Gulf. It affects their environmental, water, energy and economic security. Ultimately the security of the maritime domain in its various dimensions is what determines the overall security of each Arabian Gulf state – even more, because of its significance for national and regional security, the maritime domain is the centre of gravity for the regional security complex of the Arabian Gulf as a region of geo-strategic importance.

The Middle East Naval Commanders Conference (MENC), under the umbrella of DIMDEX 2016, sheds light on the various dimensions of maritime security in the Arabian Gulf, the Arabian and Red Sea. This conference invites a diverse group of experts to explore a range of topics related to the significance of the maritime domain for the Arabian Gulf states moving beyond a narrow military dimension of maritime security. Speakers will touch upon strategic and operational challenges, risks and threats in the maritime domain while suggesting constructive solutions dealing with these risks.

The MENC Conference seeks to create a debate about conventional and unconventional challenges to the freedom of navigation around maritime choking points in the region. The freedom of navigation in the Gulf and connected waterways is of great significance not just for regional players but also for global trade. Therefore, participants from the Arabian Gulf as well as guests from overseas are provided with a platform to explore means to minimize these threats. Nonetheless, this conference does not neglect unconventional threats and approaches to maritime security.

Apart from looking at maritime security through the lens of military security, participants are invited to reflect on maritime security in reference to environmental and energy security – two domains that are often ill-considered when discussing the significance of maritime security in the Arabian Gulf.

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