Held from 4 to 6 March, under the patronage of HH Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar, and hosted and organised by the Qatar Armed Forces at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC), the eighth edition of the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX 2024) saw a strong presence from international and local exhibitors and a large number of visitors, achieving unprecedented success. According to data provided by organisers DIMDEX 2024 welcomed over 25,000 visitors, witnessing the participation of more than 200 international and national companies that showcased their latest innovations, technologies and comprehensive defence and maritime security solutions in addition to 9 international pavilions that included various companies, authorities and institutions. During the show, more than QAR 5 billion (around € 1,26 billion) worth of contracts were signed in addition to various Memorandum of Understanding  and Letters of Intents.

In addition to the main exhibition, the event hosted the Middle East Naval Commanders Conference in partnership with the Strategic Studies Centre, themed ‘Economic Growth Prospects Amidst Security Challenges and Their Global Impact’, and featured international speakers, academics and military leaders. Hamad Port also welcomed eight warships as part of the visiting warships display.

Hereafter a selection of news gathered by the EDR On-Line team:

MBDA pushes Marte ER in the Middle East, looking to Qatar achievements and region prospects

The Iranian Defence industry unveils UAS, naval propulsion, radar and weapons

Fincantieri’s training, support and shipbuilding opportunities in Qatar

John Cockerill Defence unveils new anti-drone solution for 30 mm gun

The Portuguese Navy details its future Multi-Purpose Support Ship (MPSS) design

ARES Shipyard presents 76 metres corvette design

Dearsan shipyard signed a contract with the Qatari Navy for two fast attack crafts

Qatar Emiri Air Force and Leonardo celebrate NH90 helicopter fleet’s 2,500 flight hours