The Doha International Maritime Defense Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX 2018) kicked off in the Qatari capital on Monday.
The three-day event will be attended by Qatar’s deputy emir, Abdullah bin Hamad Al Thani; Qatari Defense Minister Khaled al-Attiyah; the latter’s Turkish counterpart, Nurettin Canikli; Turkish Army Chief-of-Staff Hulusi Akar; and numerous military officials from both countries.
Some 180 companies from more than 60 countries are taking part in the exhibition, which is expected to see a number of important maritime defense deals signed.
The event, which showcases the latest maritime technologies and equipment, will include shipbuilding companies and manufacturers of shipborne communications systems, radar systems, missile systems and electronic warfare systems.
At least 33 Turkish firms in the defense and maritime security fields are taking part in this year’s exhibition.
Launched in 2008, DIMDEX is considered the Middle East and North Africa region’s largest event devoted to maritime security, with a total of $32 billion in deals being signed at the last five exhibitions.
Reporting by Ahmed Yusuf:Writing by Ali H. M.Abo Rezeg