Under the patronage of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the Supreme Commander, the first edition of Bahrain International Defense Exhibition and Conference covering air, land and sea is taking place on October 16-18 at Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre.
Under the auspices of HH Brigadier Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Commander of Bahrain Royal Guard and High Committee Chairman of BIDEC 2017, the organizing Committee held a press conference chaired by Dr. Sheikh Abdulla bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the Bahrain Centre for Strategic, International and Energy Studies “Derasat” and Spokesperson and Chairman of MEMAC Organizing Committee.
Present were Sheikh Khalid bin Hamoud Al Khalifa, CEO, Bahrain Tourism and Exhibition Authority (BTEA), and Tim Porter, Managing Director, Clarion Defense & Security at Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre.
Sheikh Nasser affirmed that hosting a major event such as BIDEC is a translation of the aspirations of the wise leadership, and has assumed a privileged position on the global events map in various fields, especially in the field of defense, to be known since ancient times as the crossroads of civilization and a land of peace.
He pointed out that BIDEC is the first tri-service defense exhibition in the region, covering land, sea and air.
BIDEC provides a unique opportunity to meet experts, specialists and representatives of major defense equipment companies and all three services in one place. It will also serve as a platform for the world's leading companies to showcase the latest defense systems and modern technologies. BIDEC will also provide the military authorities with the opportunity to access the latest technology, equipment and hardware.
The Royal Guard Commander noted that BIDEC will host a number of features at various sites across the country that will strengthen Bahrain’s position as a leading destination in hosting international events and enhance the role of the exhibition, which will include Parachute Demonstrations, Shooting Demonstrations, Military Vehicle Demonstrations and a Warship Display.
He stated that BIDEC is experiencing heavy participation of the largest international companies in the defense industry, indicating BIDEC’s unparalleled success which will bring together more than 50 senior military and political leaders and officials from friendly and allied countries, with more than 180 exhibitors and international manufacturers and suppliers of the most advanced equipment, technology and military systems, as well as 115 display stands at the exhibition, attracting local, regional and international audience of key decision-makers from governments, armies and defense industries from more than 50 countries.
The opening of the conference was held on the first day of the exhibition at the Four Seasons Hotel, whilst its sessions will be held in the morning of the second day at Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre, during