In the lead-up to the seventh edition of the highly anticipated Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX 2020), the organising committee has announced MBDA as a returning Gold Sponsor.
Held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar, and hosted and organised by Qatar Armed Forces, DIMDEX 2020 will take place between 16 and 18 March under the theme ‘Connecting the World’s Maritime Defence and Security Community’.
A signing ceremony to announce the sponsorship took place at the Ministry of Defence in the presence of His Excellency Lieutenant General (Pilot) Ghanem bin Shaheen Al Ghanim, Chief of Staff of Qatari Armed Forces, and Mr. Bertrand Dumoulin, MBDA General Delegate for Qatar. The agreement was signed by the latter and DIMDEX Chairman, Staff Brigadier (Sea) Abdulbaqi Saleh Al-Ansari.
His Excellency Lieutenant General (Pilot) Al Ghanim said: “Our continued commitment to the highest international standards of defence and security infrastructure directly supports Qatar’s progressive strides towards becoming a global hub for commerce and knowledge-exchange. We thereby fulfill our national strategic objectives through an interactive exchange of capacity-building and tactical positioning within the global defence industry.”
The Chairman of DIMDEX said: “Since the inception of DIMDEX in 2008, MBDA has been integral to the event, and we are proud to have the support of a leader in the industry, as a loyal exhibitor and Gold Sponsor for our event for the seventh time in a row. Our combined efforts allow us to continuously offer participants unparalleled business opportunities at each edition.”
As a renowned European developer and manufacturer of missile systems, MBDA incorporates the most advanced industry innovations in its comprehensive product range development. Servicing all three branches of armed services across air, sea and land, MBDA is a key partner to the Qatari Armed Forces and acts as a contributor to the progressive development of national defence capabilities.
Mr. Bertrand Dumoulin said: “MBDA is delighted to continue its long-term commitment toward DIMDEX. The State of Qatar is a key partner for MBDA and we are extremely grateful for the trust put by the Qatar Armed Forces into our products over the last 40 years of partnership.”
Key sponsorship agreements with global industry players are integral to DIMDEX’s strategic commercial goals. In a survey of participants of DIMDEX 2018, 95% found that the exhibition added value to their business and 75% said they fulfilled their commercial objectives by attending. The upcoming edition promises an even greater commercial scope, strengthening DIMDEX’s position as a key highlight in the global defence and security industry calendar.
In addition to its growing track record of commercial dealings, DIMDEX serves as an international platform for knowledge-exchange at the highest level of industry leaders, government officials, chief executives and other key decision makers. With global defence spending expected to grow over the next years, research and technology-led innovation is imperative to the future of the transnational defence ecosystem.
Looking towards DIMDEX 2020, strategic agreements with global industry partners reaffirm the event’s progressive contribution towards an advanced maritime defence and security industry in line with Qatar’s overarching national development objectives.
Other confirmed Sponsors to-date include: Fincantieri as Diamond Sponsor, Barzan Holdings as Strategic Partner and Gold Sponsor, and Commercial Bank as Main Sponsor.