UMEX 2020 to Attract Key Players in Defence & Related Sectors from Across the Globe

‮»‬‭ ‬By‭: ‬M‭. ‬Fahed AL Halabieh
The fourth edition of the Unmanned Systems Exhibition and Conference‭ (‬UMEX‭) ‬and Simulation and Training Exhibition and Conference‭ (‬SimTEX‭) ‬and the accompanying conference‭, ‬organised by ADNEC in cooperation with the General Command of the Armed Forces‭, ‬from‭ ‬23-25‭ ‬February 2020‭, ‬will be held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan‭, ‬Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces‭.‬
The Higher Organising Committee of UMEX and SimTEX exhibitions indicated that all sub-committees are ready for the event per a specially set programme‭, ‬with the aim of achieving the highest levels of excellence for the upcoming edition at all levels‭. ‬This‭ ‬will be done by building on previous editions’‭ ‬successes‭, ‬achieved on regional and international levels‭, ‬with teams that include distinguished national competencies who will‭ ‬work to prepare and develop events in a manner that benefits the reputation and standing of the UAE‭.‬
Saeed Al Mansouri‭, ‬Executive Director of IDEX‭, ‬a subsidiary of ADNEC‭, ‬said‭: ‬“This year we will complete the series of successes achieved in previous editions‭. ‬The third edition of UMEX and SimTEX witnessed‭ ‬great success and local and international record turnout‭, ‬thanks to the directives and support of our wise leadership‭, ‬and as a‭ ‬result of the exceptional efforts made by ADNEC and its group of companies in cooperation with partners from the public and private sectors‭, ‬organising committees and media establishments sponsoring the exhibitions and the accompanying conference‭.‬”
Al Mansouri added‭: ‬“At ADNEC‭, ‬we are always focused on hosting and organising international exhibitions and events that support business tourism sectors identified in the Abu Dhabi plan‭, ‬that contribute to advancing economic development in the Emirate‭. ‬We are proud of organising this unique exhibition in the region‭, ‬which specialises in presenting technologies of unmanned defence systems‭, ‬simulation and training systems in addition to robotics and artificial intelligence‭, ‬and highlights the role of the UAE and enhances its global leading position in the fourth industrial revolution‭. ‬“
Advanced level of preparations
The Higher Organising Committee of the Unmanned Systems Exhibition and Conference‭ (‬UMEX‭) ‬and Simulation Exhibition and Conference‭ (‬SimTEX‭) ‬held its eighth preparatory meeting in the run-up to the dual mega event‭.‬
Applauding the efforts of the event sub-committees‭, ‬led by ADNEC’s Emirati professionals‭, ‬His Excellency Brigadier General Rashid Mohammed Al-Shamsi‭, ‬Chairman of the Higher Organising Committee‭, ‬said‭: ‬“We are extremely impressed with the advanced level of preparations underway for the upcoming editions of UMEX and SimTEX‭, ‬as well as the unwavering commitment and enthusiasm of our UAE national teams in ensuring the success of the two events‭. ‬Building on the achievements of the previous editions‭, ‬UMEX and SimTEX 2018‭ ‬will continue to attract key players in defence and related sectors from across the globe‭.‬”
He added‭: ‬“Among the highlights of this year’s editions will be live air shows that demonstrate the unique performance capabilities of our aircrafts and unmanned systems of‭ ‬various types and dimensions in a real-life environment‭.‬”
For his part‭, ‬Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri‭, ‬Group CEO of ADNEC‭, ‬said‭: ‬“The dual event serves as a definitive platform for national and international companies to showcase their latest products and technologies to a broad spectrum of defence experts‭, ‬decision-makers and military commanders‭. ‬
He added‭: ‬“I have complete confidence in the organisational skills of ADNEC’s world-class teams and their ability to cater to the dynamic requirements of the exhibitors‭, ‬participants and visitors through‭ ‬providing them with exceptional venue services‭. ‬To achieve this goal‭, ‬we have made substantial investments in upgrading our venue infrastructure‭, ‬facilities‭, ‬technologies and smart applications‭.‬”
Since UMEX and SimTEX were delinked from the International Defence Exhibition and Conference‭ (‬IDEX‭) ‬to become standalone biennial events‭, ‬they have emerged as the leading platforms for the full spectrum of civil defence and military segments‭, ‬such as marine‭, ‬air and land search and rescue‭, ‬as well as aerial photography‭.‬
Dedicated Conference‭ ‬
‭ ‬Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan‭, ‬Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander‭ ‬of the UAE Armed Forces‭, ‬the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company‭ (‬ADNEC‭) ‬and Tawazun Economic Council in cooperation with the Supreme Command of the UAE Armed Forces‭, ‬is set to organise a special conference on the Unmanned Systems Exhibition and Conference‭ (‬UMEX‭) ‬and Simulation and Training Exhibition and Conference‭ (‬SimTEX‭) ‬on February 22‭, ‬2020‭.‬
Under the theme‭ ‬‘Manned-Unmanned Teaming in the Age of Smart Systems’‭, ‬the special conference will be held one day prior to the launch of UMEX and SimTEX 2020‭, ‬both of which will take place in Abu‭ ‬Dhabi National Exhibition Centre‭.‬
The conference will attract experts‭, ‬decision makers‭, ‬senior officials and academics working in the unmanned systems‭, ‬simulation‭ ‬and training sectors‭. ‬Promoting the UAE as a global destination for conferences specialised in unmanned systems and simulation‭ ‬and training systems‭, ‬and to keep abreast of the latest scientific and technological developments in this field‭, ‬share best practices as well as become aware of the latest Research‭ & ‬Development in this ever-changing field‭. ‬The conference sessions will discuss possible solutions to the challenges facing our world in the light of the Fourth Industrial Revolution‭. ‬
The agenda will cover four main themes‭; ‬the first one is the Human Dimension‭, ‬which will discuss manned and unmanned teaming in‭ ‬the age of autonomy‭. ‬In the second discussion‭, ‬subject matter experts will discuss missions and operations that examine the role‭ ‬of unmanned systems in supporting multi-domain operations‭, ‬in addition to missions and operations in line with the Fourth Industrial Revolution‭. ‬The third theme‭, ‬entitled Industry and Market‭, ‬will examine the future of the unmanned systems sector and the‭ ‬integration and interoperability of unmanned systems‭.‬
Finally‭, ‬border security has been added to this year’s conference as a fourth theme and as one of the main topics for debate and discussions‭. ‬It is one of the new topics at the conference where experts and decision makers on the border security sector will discuss the implications of the digital age on joint‭ ‬action in ports and border security as well as its new intellectual approach in the light of the Fourth Industrial Revolution‭.‬
The conference provides a global platform where experts address the most urgent developments facing the world under the Fourth Industrial Revolution in addition to the new challenges and opportunities it poses‭. ‬It will also seek innovative solutions to challenges and foresee the future in a world of accelerated scientific developments and innovations and increased reliance on unmanned systems and artificial intelligence‭.‬
The previous editions of both UMEX and SimTEX in 2018‭ ‬witnessed high turnout‭, ‬and the number of participating countries rose to‭ ‬34‭ ‬with the total area of both events reaching 17,000‭ ‬m2‭. ‬The number of global and local companies participating increased to 122‭, ‬with the overall number of visitors roughly reaching 13,000‭. ‬The event also received extensive media coverage on local and global levels‭.‬

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