About IDEX - IDEX 2025

Under the patronage of his highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE.


About IDEX

IDEX continues to benefit an increasing number of international decision-makers from within the defence industry, governments, armed forces and military personnel. IDEX is the premier platform which will position your organisation as an industry leader, grant access to global leaders, policy and decision makers, extend your reach to thousands of prime contractors, OEMs and international delegations and deliver global media coverage.

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Open your worldview through IDEX, where dream inventions are presented as reality. Be a part of myriad demonstrations across the elements, land, sea, and air sectors of defence, as you network with top government officials, businesses and delegates. Make a mark in a constantly evolving sector and become a part of the movement.

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Patronage and Organiser

IDEX is held under The Patronage of H.H Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan President Of The United Arab Emirates and Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and is organised by Capital Events in association and with the full support of the Ministry of Defence.


IDEX takes place biennially at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), which is centrally located in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Your vision has no barriers. No matter how you want to display your innovative technology, ADNEC is the ideal venue. The IDEX exhibition takes over 100% of the state-of-the-art exhibition centre, utilising 155,000sqm of event space.

Past Events


IDEX In 2017 Hosted 105,400 Visitors And AED 19 Billion Worth Of Deals. It Saw Exhibitors Bring Out The Best In Innovation And Truly Marked A New Era In Defence.


2019 Was The Biggest Year Of IDEX In Terms Of Visitors In Over Two Decades. We Had 124,000 Visitors And 185 Delegations Visit The Exhibition.


The 2021 Edition Of IDEX Recorded The Largest Amount Of Deals Garnered In The Exhibition's History, At Nearly AED 21 Billion. This Is Despite The Pandemic And Its Restrictions.

The 2021 IDEX edition saw a record in deals worth AED 21 billion, the most in the exhibition’s 27 years of history.

Event Overview

As an event that revolutionalises the landscape and continues to be a leader in the space for 30years now, IDEX continues to attract a growing wealth of international decision-makers from within the defence industry, alongside key representatives from governments, and armed forces, and the key military personnel. Strong representation from GCC and MENA countries makes IDEX the prime platform to reach such an important audience.

12 Indoor Exhibition Halls

Thousands Of Local And International Defence Manufacturers And Contractors Will Fill Over 35,000sqm Of Exhibition Space Running Through The 12 Exhibition Halls, The Concourse And The Atrium.

Outdoor Space

The Outside Capital Plaza Features The Media Centre, Exhibition Stands, Outside Displays And Exhibitor Chalets.

Live Demonstrations

It Isn't Enough To Create Next-Generation Technologies. They Need To Be Displayed In Their Full Glory. IDEX Offers Exhibiting Companies The Opportunity To Demonstrate Equipment And Crafts. You Have The Opportunity To Undertake Daily Choreographed Displays, On Water And Purpose-Built Demonstration Tracks. Take It A Step Further By Hosting Private Demonstrations Of Vehicles And Crafts.


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Committment to Sustainability

About Organiser – Capital Events

Capital Events is a leading organiser of some of the Middle East and the world’s most iconic exhibitions and conferences. Whether through their own solely owned events, or through carefully selected partnerships with other leading global organisers, Capital Events offers outstanding event platforms to all their partners, visitors, exhibitors and key stakeholders.


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