Bahrain to host international defence exhibition for the first time

Published October 20th, 2016 - 05:00 GMT
The event is Bahrain’s first tri-service defence exhibition, covering land, sea and air. (Wikimedia Commons)
The event is Bahrain’s first tri-service defence exhibition, covering land, sea and air. (Wikimedia Commons)

Bahrain will host a major international defence exhibition and conference next year, bringing together key players from the region and across the world, it was announced today.

The first Bahrain International Defence Exhibition and Conference (Bidec) will be take place from October 16 to18 next year.

The launch-cum-press conference of Bidec was held under the patronage of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and was attended by HH Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Commander of Bahrain Royal Guard and chairman of Bidec 2017.

The event is Bahrain’s first tri-service defence exhibition, covering land, sea and air, officials revealed at the press conference.

Shaikh Nasser said: “We look forward to everyone here supporting our ambitions of developing a world-class defence exhibition and conference to further the Bahrain Defence Forces continued ambitions of a modern and forward thinking armed forces.”

Shaikh Khalid Bin Hamoud Al Khalifa, CEO, Bahrain Tourism and Exhibition Authority, said: “The event presents Bahrain with a fantastic opportunity to attract thousands of visitors to the country to take part in the exhibition and also to enjoy the country as a tourism and trade hub.

“We look forward to welcoming people from all around the world to the kingdom for Bidec 2017,” he said.

The event is fully supported by Bahrain Defence Force and will be organised by Clarion Events, the largest organiser of defence and security events in the world, with over 200 other events across different sectors.

Tim Porter, managing director, Clarion Defence and Security, presented the overview of the conference to the attendees.

The briefing outlined the exhibition and how industry and military will be offered the best possible opportunities at the event, as well as some of the highlights that will be featured at the event.

Porter said: “Being the largest organiser of defence and security events worldwide, Clarion are extremely pleased and honoured to be given the opportunity to expand our portfolio of exhibitions into Bahrain.”

“We look forward to developing this prestigious event on behalf of the Bahrain Defence Force and the Government of Bahrain,” he added.

Also in attendance at the press conference were defence attachés and ambassadors from over 35 countries including India, Italy, Kuwait, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, UAE, UK and USA, said a statement.

Bidec 2017 will have a fully hosted international military VIP delegation programme that will include representatives from all over the world. It is expected that over 100 international manufacturers and suppliers of the latest military equipment, technology and systems will be present. With over 3000 international visitors expected to attend, there will be a static display area within the exhibition showcasing the latest military vehicles and airframes.

The Middle East Military Alliances and Coalitions Conference, addressing the biggest challenges in Bahrain and beyond, will also run alongside the exhibition.

The event will also host unique features which include live parachute Exercises, shooting range exercises, warship display and military vehicle demos, it stated.


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