Held under the patronage of His Highness, The Emir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, DIMDEX 2014 witnessed two major announcements on day two of the exhibition and conference.
Further expanding on business relations between Qatar and Turkey, Deputy of Director Logistics Department, Brig. Abdullah Saad Al Kharji, representing the Ministry of Interior for the State of Qatar and Kerim Kalafatoglu, Chairman & Executive Director for ARES Shipyard, today signed an initial Memorandum of Understanding to deliver 17 new fast patrol boats within the next 56 months for the Qatar Coast Guard Services. ARES is a specialist composite boat yard, based in Turkey’s free trade zone.
The Qatar National Security Shield (NSS) and Defence Services Marketing Council (DSMC) today also announced the signing of an agreement to hold the very successful annual Qatar Maritime Security – Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Conference in October 2014 under the theme “Maritime Domain Awareness, The Steps to Maritime Security”. The agreement was signed by Staff Brig. (Pilot) Mohammed A. Al-Mannai, Director, Qatar National Security Shield Project and Matthew Cochran, Chairman of Defence Services Marketing Council.
The Middle East Naval Commanders Conference (MENC), under the auspices of Minister of State for Defence Affairs, Qatar H.E Major General Hamad bin Ali Al-Attiyah, also officially opened today at DIMDEX 2014 with the attendance of Chief of General Staff, Major-General Ghanem bin Shaheen Al-Ghanem. The key note address was delivered on behalf of the Minister of State for Defence Affairs, Major General Mohammed Nasser Al Mohannadi, Commander, Qatar Emiri Naval Forces, emphasizing on the importance of MENC to serve as a platform to find solutions facing the new emerging threats of naval security. Chairman Clarion Defence and Security Ltd., Rear Admiral Simon Williams OBE, welcomed attendees and speakers today which included Vice Admiral John Miller, Commander, US. Naval Forces Central Command, Rear Admiral Antoine Beaussant, Commander of French Forces in the Indian Ocean, French Navy and Rear Admiral Mark Campbell, Head of Navy Capability, Royal Australian Navy.
MENC not only brings together the region’s naval commanders with their international counter-parts, but also focuses on geo-strategic issues in the MENA maritime domain and provides a distinct insight into the trends taking place in the region. These sessions included topics such as Unmanned Systems, Helicopters, Protection of Offshore Critical Infrastructure, Maritime Border Security, C4ISR Technologies and Special Operations.
The first day of DIMDEX 2014 concluded with the VIP Gala Dinner, hosted at Doha Golf Club, where H.E Major General Hamad Bin Ali Al-Attiya Minister of State for Defence Affairs and Chief of General Staff of Qatar Armed Forces, Major General Ghaneim bin Shaheen Al-Ghanem personally thanked the sponsors of DIMDEX 2014 and attending Commanding Officers of the Warships.
DIMDEX 2014 include more than 175 exhibitors, over 80 delegations from 53 countries and 20 visiting warships from 12 countries; the exhibitors cover various domains in the Naval and Maritime defence including: Anti-piracy, Diving and Underwater Operations and Vehicles, Maritime Domain Awareness and Technology, Naval Aviation and much more. The exhibition also will showcase international warships and vessels of different classes, including frigates, corvettes, minesweeper as well as the Kilo Class Submarine, berthed at Doha Commercial Port.
DIMDEX has established itself as a leading Naval Defence and Maritime Security exhibition that creates a platform to gather senior representatives from Qatar’s armed forces as well as VIP delegations from the Middle East and around the world.