Who Visits? - IDEX 2025

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


Reasons To Visit In IDEX & NAVDEX

Empowering industry leaders to transform the future of defence and security. The International Defence Exhibition And Conference (IDEX) and Naval Defence and Maritime Exhibition (NAVDEX) are here to do just that. In a world with infinite possibilities, we bring the best stakeholders in defence, security, maritime, and naval technology under one roof, to share possibilities and make the world a safer place.

Meet over 1000 exhibitors

Meet leaders in the defence, security, maritime and naval technological space.


Network with top international and local stakeholders in this space.

Stay in the know

Get the latest updates on security technology before anyone else.

Learn about the industry

New to the industry? Learn about everything it has to offer

Live demonstrations

View live demonstrations and product launches in real time.


Attend the International Defence Conference and broaden your knowledge base.

Government Organizations

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Who Visits?

Regional Attendees

The Central Location Of The United Arab Emirates Within The Middle East, And Its Reputation As A Hub On Innovation, Attracts Visitors From Countries Of The Surrounding Regions. These Include Representatives From Each Of The GCC (UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia), North Africa And The Asian Subcontinent Countries. In 2021, 99% Of Visitors Said They Are Likely To Visit IDEX Again In 2023. Meanwhile, Around 57% Of Visitors In 2021 Attended To Keep Up To Date With New Products.

An International Audience

IDEX Is A Truly International Event, Attracting Visitors From Around The World, Including Officials And Decision Makers From Asia, Europe, America And Australasia. In Fact, In 2021, 93% Of Visitors Agreed That IDEX Is An Important Event For Their Business.

Official Delegations

Official Delegations From Around The World Are Invited To Attend IDEX, Hosted By The UAE Armed Forces. The Official Delegations Attend The Opening Ceremony And Tour The Exhibition During Their Daily Visits. Over AED 20 Billion Worth Of Deals Were Done By The UAE Armed Forces.

Senior Attendees

The Official Delegations Include Individuals And Representatives From Defence Ministers, Chiefs Of Staff And Army. Also Attending IDEX Are Local, Regional And International High Profile Visitors And Officials From Government, Industry And The Armed Forces.

Key Highlights From The 2021 Event

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

130,000 Visitors

Out of which, 98% said they were satisfied with the precautions taken during the exhibition.

67 Countries

Each displaying the most effective technology from their home ground.

AED 21 Billion

worth of deals signed.


International companies.

About Abu Dhabi

The capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi offers an attractive business environment, a stable political situation, and a vibrant social and cultural scene. Ranked in the top percentile of the World Bank’s Doing Business 2019 report, the UAE and, especially its capital, are considered among the most attractive investment destinations in the world.

Doing Business In Abu Dhabi

Its business-friendly regulations, advanced infrastructure, and its strong position as an economic and political hub have made Abu Dhabi a global player. Initiatives such as the TAMM portal provide residents and investors with a one-stop-shop through which they can access government services and obtain comprehensive information designed to meet business needs as efficiently as possible.


Looking beyond well-established businesses, the Emirate has recently focused its efforts on backing and attracting ambitious talents from across the globe. With favorable regulations and supporting government bodies, Abu Dhabi is fast becoming the preferred location for entrepreneurs and startups who benefit from facilitated market access and an encouraging business environment.

Before you go

Capital Catering

As the catering arm of ADNEC Group, Capital Catering provides exceptional services such as elevated gastronomical experiences, flawless planning and cutting edge designs for any type of event. The company’s motto is always going the extra mile and going beyond the expected. This is why they are one of the top players in the catering industry of the UAE.

Capital hospitality




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


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


Official Delegations from around the world are invited to attend IDEX, hosted by the UAE Armed Forces. The Official Delegations will attend the opening ceremony and tour the exhibition during their daily individually timetabled visits.


The Official Delegations include individuals and representatives from Defence Ministers, Chiefs of Staff and Army, Navy and Airforce Commanders. Also attending IDEX are local, regional and international high profile visitors and officials from Government, industry and the Armed Forces.