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First edition of BIDEC 2017 kicks off October 16

Bahrain Emphasizes the Quest for Peace, Stability and Security in the region
By Sujay Mehdudia Published: October 2017
 

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BIDEC press conference in Bahrain, headed by Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa

Manama (Bahrain). One of the key international defence exhibitions, the Bahrain International Defence Exhibition & Conference (BIDEC) which will showcase the latest technology, equipment and hardware across land, sea and air, kicks off October 16 at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre.

Under the patronage of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the three-day extravaganza being held here for the first time in the defence sector, is fully supported by the Bahrain Defence Force (BDF). With over 120 exhibitors including leading defence players like Lockheed Martin, Thales, Bell Helicopter, and Pegasus will get an opportunity to showcase the latest technology, equipment and hardware across land, sea and air. BDF is currently upgrading its capabilities and systems and would be looking at various deals to work out its requirements.

On display at the show is a variety of equipment covering land, sea, air and Special Forces including a static display area showcasing the latest military hardware, vehicles and airframes. In its first edition, the event is showcase over 120 international exhibitors, a variety of conferences, a parachute exercise, shooting range, military vehicle demo and a warship display open to all trade visitors and military delegations. Nearly 40 delegations from different countries have already confirmed their participation in the conference. Country pavilions from UK, USA, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Russia, France and Pakistan will be on display.

It is expected that nearly 3000 international visitors will attend the event. There are five off-site features across four separate locations in Bahrain for live demonstrations in different formats.

The exhibition provides an exclusive platform to meet and network with the right people, build partnerships and do business. Officials involved with the conference said the mix of attendees provides a big opportunity to firms to position themselves and their business interests for the current and future tri-service requirements for Bahrain and beyond.

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The BIDEC team and Bahrain Defence Force delegation at IDEX visiting Bell Helicopters – Platinum Sponsors of BIDEC

BIDEC is also hosting a strategic conference series that offering a forum for knowledge sharing, and will address the biggest challenges in Bahrain and the wider region. “We are likely to witness closure of certain deals during the three-day conference. We strongly support the new thinking and creation of solutions. We will discuss with our coalition partners ideas for great future, peace, security and stability in the region,” Sheikh Abdulla Bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, Chairman of the Bahrain Center for Strategic, International and Energy Studies (DERASAT), Chairman of MEMAC and spokesperson of BIDEC told media here.

The Middle East Military Alliances and Coalitions (MEMAC) Conference seeks to address many of the challenges facing the region, and the wider global implications. The approach will be both political and diplomatic, stressing the importance of military coalitions such as the role of NATO, UN Peacekeeping Operations,

The Arabic Coalition in Yemen and the Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism, with support from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, and militarily with the region’s military experts and coalition commanders discussing real threats and solutions, stressing the importance of military coalitions operations.

During the Conferences, speakers will examine the core issues of strategic importance within the defence industry through dedicated panel’s sessions.

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BIDEC team and Bahrain Defence Force at the BAE Systems booth at IDEX

DERASAT, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s leading think tank, is known for its dedication to the promotion of informed dialogue and rigorous research. Its research focus encompasses international strategic, security, economic, and energy issues, with a mission of producing insightful analyses that can be used to inform and guide policymakers, and the general public, to a better understanding of the strategic landscape and emerging issues relevant to Bahrain’s national security.

DERASAT has also held joint events with the India’s Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis (IDSA), a think tank supported by the Ministries of Defence and External Affairs.

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