7 Benefits of Exhibiting at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX)

The most strategically important tri-service defence exhibition in the world – the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) – brings together key leaders from around the global security and defence industry and provides a platform to engage with some of the most important customers from the Middle East and far beyond.

IDEX demonstrates the latest technology across land, sea and air sectors of defence and is the only international defence exhibition and conference in the MENA region. It’s aimed at establishing and strengthening relationships with government departments, armed forces and businesses throughout the region.

It is held biennially by Capital Events with the full support of the UAE Armed Forces at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).

The IDEX exhibition is so huge that it takes over 100% of the state-of-the-art exhibition centre, utilising 133,000 sqm of space!

IDEX Abu Dhabi is The Leading Exhibition for Defence

IDEX Abu Dhabi specifically demonstrates the cutting-edge technology across sea, land and air sectors of defence and is a unique and prominent platform to form and embrace the relationship with government departments and armed forces.

It’s the largest trade fair focusing on state security & armaments in the Middle East and is the leading platform for the entire spectrum of the defence industry.

12 Indoor Exhibition Halls

Over 35,000 sqm of exhibition space running through the 12 exhibition halls, the concourse and the atrium will be filled with 1100s of local and international defence manufacturers and contractors.

Outdoor space

The outside Capital Plaza features the exhibition stands, media centre, exhibitor chalets and outside displays.

Live Demonstrations

Exhibiting companies have the opportunity to demonstrate equipment and crafts at IDEX. On the water and on the purpose-built demonstration track daily choreographed displays will be held. Private demonstrations of vehicles and crafts can also be hosted by the exhibiting companies.

Naval Defence and Maritime Security Exhibition (NAVDEX)

Local and international exhibitors who specialises in maritime, naval, and coastal security technology, equipment and crafts will be located at NAVDEX, the Maritime Security Area. NAVDEX also features daily demonstrations, on-water exhibits, and visiting navy vessels on the dock edge.

International Defence Conference

For Defence, security, academic communities and companies operating in the region and internationally the Abu Dhabi International Offset Conference (ADIOC) and the IDEX Conference will be combined into a single event.

In the global defence show 98% of exhibitors recommends IDEX as a must participate event.

Within the defence industry, alongside key representatives from governments, armed forces and the key military personnel IDEX continues to attract a growing wealth of international decision-makers. To reach such important audience IDEX has strong representation from GCC and MENA countries.

Top reasons your company must participate at IDEX​:

  1. In defence technologies and solutions sector a great opportunity to position your company to be one of the top leaders
  2. Gain access to policy and decision makers as well as global leaders
  3. Meet global defence contractors and profile your technologies and projects
  4. Reach thousands of OEMs, prime contractors, and international delegations
  5. Align your brand to a high profile international as well as regional event marketing campaign
  6. Gain global media coverage
  7. Build relationships and make new contact with key decision makers attending IDEX.

What Are the Exhibiting Options Available at IDEX 2023?

At IDEX 2023 more than 1,200 companies will exhibit indoors, outside, on the dock edge and on the water.

  • Space Only: Individual space stands comprise of indoor exhibition space
  • Double-Decker Builds: Exhibitors are encouraged to build double decker areas within their stand (permission to build double storey stands on divided sites is subject to agreement from the neighbouring stands).
  • Indoor Shell Space: This is a complete stand package; the minimum stand size is 12sqm.
  • Outdoor Space: This option offers the ability to display a static exhibit, build an outside stand or construct a chalet or pavilion in the area located in the central plaza and accessible from the exhibition halls.
  • Country Pavilions: IDEX expects over 38 country pavilions to reserve areas.

Who visits?

Regional Attendees

The central location of the United Arab Emirates within the Middle East attracts representatives from each of the GCC (UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia), the Asian Subcontinent countries and North Africa.

An International Audience

IDEX & NAVDEX are truly international events and attract visitors from around the world, including officials and decision makers from Asia, America, Australasia and Europe.


Hosted by the UAE Armed Forces official delegations from around the world are invited to attend IDEX. During their daily individually timetabled visits the official delegations will attend the opening ceremony and tour the exhibition.

Senior Attendees

The Official Delegations include individuals and representatives from Chiefs of Staff and Army, Navy and Airforce Commanders as well as Defence Ministers. Local, regional and international high-profile visitors and officials from Government, industry and the Armed Forces will also be attending IDEX.

More About IDEX Abu Dhabi

105,000+ visitors (domestic and international) from approximately 142 countries and more than 1300 exhibiting companies were welcomed at the previous edition of the IDEX Abu Dhabi exhibition. At IDEX’s last edition around 170 official delegations and 1000 accredited journalists were present to observe the latest defence technology.

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