Israelis banned from UAE military trade show

Published March 18th, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

A request by Israel’s military industries to exhibit at IDEX 2001, the fifth international defense exhibition and conference, which is to take place at the Abu Dhabi international exhibition center from March 18 to March 22, has been turned down by General Exhibitions Corp (GEC), the organizers of the trade show. 

 

According to Sultan Al-Suwaidi, the director-general of GEC, this is not the first time that Israeli companies have sought to participate. Applications were also received the previous time the show was held, and they too were rejected, he said. 

 

GEC is a trade show specialist working in cooperation with the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce. It is headed by Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, chief of staff of the UAE Armed Forces. The event is officially supported by the government of the UAE and the UAE Armed Forces. 

 

Explaining the decision to reject the Israeli application, Al-Suwaidi said that GEC was not only abiding by the policies of Arab countries of boycotting Israel, but also was emphasizing that IDEX has no place for nations who possess chemical and atomic weapons. Nonetheless, there will be nuclear capable countries represented at Idex—the United States, France, Pakistan, Russia and China 

 

Another is Great Britain, which will launch a "Partnership Pavilion," in which not only UK companies will exhibit but also their international partners. The British delegation will be headed by the minister of state for defense procurement, Baroness Symons. 

 

GEC has reported that 855 companies from 42 countries have confirmed their participation at the show. IDEX will fill 10 halls, comprising14,000 square meters, and an outdoor exhibition area of 12,000 square meters. — (Albawaba-MEBG)

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