Tawazun Council showcases the latest defence initiatives & solutions in IDEX 2023 and signs MOUs

Tawazun Council has participated in the International Defence Exhibition (IDEX 2023) and the Naval Defence Exhibition (NAVDEX 2023), with the aim of bolstering its partnerships with leading industry players and showcasing the latest innovations and technologies in the defence and security sectors.

As an independent government entity working closely with the Ministry of Defence, the Armed Forces and security agencies in the UAE, Tawazun Council seeks to maximize value for money through innovative budgeting and acquisition systems while sustaining technology and innovation and accelerating ecosystem growth to support national industry needs.

A Principal Partner

Tawazun Council participates in this year’s IDEX 2023 as a “Principal Partner” in line with its objectives to support defence industries and develop knowledge, technological and industrial capabilities as well as support the UAE’s economic and industrial development drive.

Tareq Abdulraheem Al Hosani, Secretary-General of Tawazun Council, stated, “We are proud to participate in IDEX, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary, as it has been able to consolidate its position as one of the most important defence exhibitions in the world. For three decades, IDEX has been the ideal platform for fostering collaborations between the national, regional, and worldwide defence and security sectors.”

He added that the success of the previous edition “IDEX 2021″, in light of what the world witnessed during the covid pandemic and its repercussions, proved to the world the extent of the country’s readiness in facing crises, as the large participation by defence companies and visitors reflected the size and importance of the exhibition compared to other similar exhibitions in the region and the world.

He noted that Tawazun Council’s participation will focus on the future and stated, “We aspire to keep up with the changes in the industry sector, present new and diverse products and encourage young people to get involved in this sector. We also seek to highlight the strategic objectives of the Council, in addition to presenting the latest products and innovative solutions.”

Participation goals

Mona Ahmed Al Jaber, Director of Corporate Communications at Tawazun Council, said, “The council’s participation in IDEX 2023, one of the world’s most important defence shows, is consistent with its efforts to enable the UAE’s defence and security industry and keep up with the quick and successive advances in this industry.”

The Tawazun Council Chalet, built on 1,696 square meters, will highlight its strategic goals and its contribution to the defence and security industries through various sections displaying the latest products and innovative solutions. The exhibition will also highlight Tawazun Economic Programme projects and initiatives, which help foster growth, contribute to empowering national capabilities through global and local partnerships, and support technology and innovation through R&D.


Tawazun Council and the Ministry of Defence of the Arab Republic of Egypt, represented by the Armed Forces Armament Authority, exchanged a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the sidelines of IDEX 2023 and NAVDEX 2023 exhibitions in Abu Dhabi. The purpose of the MoU is to strengthen cooperation between the two brotherly countries in the development of their defence and security industries.

The MoU was signed by Tareq Abdulraheem Al Hosani, Secretary General of Tawazun Council, and Major General Osama Ezzat, Head of the Armament Authority of the Egyptian Armed Forces, in the presence of Lieutenant General Osama Ahmed Askar, Chief of Staff of the Egyptian Armed Forces and several officials from both sides.

The MoU states that the Council and the Egyptian Armament Authority would provide mutual support to further the development of defence and security businesses and boost military cooperation.

It also encourages the exploration of avenues for expanding collaboration to suit the shared interests of the two fraternal countries.

“This MoU builds on the UAE and Egypt’s historical brotherly relations and strategic partnership, under the vision and direction of their respective leaderships,” said Tareq Al Hosani.

“The purpose of the MoU is to establish strong industrial links in all the domains of the military and security sectors, to provide a framework for collaboration, and to explore the potential for cooperation based on common interests,” he added.

Furthermore, Tawazun Council and GM Defence LLC, a subsidiary of General Motors, signed a collaborative Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) as the first step toward a formal partnership to develop future products in the areas of advanced mobility and power solutions.

The MoU was signed at Tawazun Council Chalet at IDEX 2023 by Shareef Hashim Al Hashmi, CEO of Tawazun Council and Steve du Mont, GM Defence President.

Moreover, the Emirates Defence Companies Council (EDCC) and the Canadian Business Council (CBC) in Abu Dhabi signed a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at accelerating cooperation and identifying business opportunities in defence industries.

The MoU was signed at Tawazun Council Chalet at IDEX and NAVDEX 2023, by Mona Ahmed Al Jaber, Chairwoman of the EDCC, and Dhia Hussain, Chairperson of the CBC.

The MoU calls for cooperation between the EDCC and CBC to identify different business opportunities for their respective members in the field of supporting and developing the defence industry.

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