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The UAE … a global hub for event-making & a source of inspirations for generations to come

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The painstaking efforts coupled with the hard work done by the UAE people under the directives of the wise leadership have led to successive milestones and breakthroughs‭, ‬the latest of which is becoming the‮ ‬fifth‮ ‬country in the world and the‮ ‬first Arab nation to reach‮ ‬Mars‭’ ‬orbit‭, ‬in addition to developing industries that Arabs had always dreamed of‭.  ‬These landmark achievements would not have been possible had it not been for the country’s prudent leadership that spared no effort to conquer the impossible‭. ‬

The UAE today boasts a state-of-the-art infrastructure that provides solid foundations for success on all levels‭. ‬Thus‭, ‬it is no‭ ‬surprise to see mega-events and exhibitions being held in the country despite the global pandemic‭, ‬which proved the UAE’s ability to professionally handle crises‭. 

The international exhibitions held over the past months reflects an undeniable fact‭. ‬It shows how the UAE can professionally organize global events while strictly adhering to health and safety measures‭.  ‬For example‭, ‬IDEX‭, ‬the only international defence exhibition and conference in the MENA region‭, ‬attracted 900‭ ‬companies from 60‭ ‬countries to the capital‭, ‬showcasing their latest AI‭-‬based innovations in the weapons industry‭, ‬defense technologies‭, ‬security‭, ‬radar and air defense systems through 35‭ ‬pavilions‭.‬

Meanwhile‭, ‬the showcased naval units participating in Navdex 2021‭ ‬total 17‭ ‬from 10‭ ‬countries‭, ‬which include minesweepers‭, ‬missile boats‭, ‬patrol boats‭, ‬landing crafts‭, ‬rescue boats‭, ‬destroyers and frigates‭, ‬as well as the latest coastal security systems and‭ ‬marine telecommunication solutions‭.‬

It goes without saying that the real achievement was in the number of Emirati arms manufacturers taking part in such events‭. ‬Those companies have witnessed a great development in recent years despite their young age and successfully drawn international attention‭, ‬becoming a favoured destination for those looking to purchase armoured vehicles‭, ‬light weapons‭, ‬helicopters and drones among others‭.‬

Last December‭, ‬GITEX in Dubai displayed the latest innovations in the world of technology‭, ‬bringing together more than 1,200‭ ‬innovative tech enterprises‭, ‬startups‭, ‬government entities‭, ‬major international companies specialized in communications and information technology‭, ‬fifth-generation‭, ‬artificial intelligence‭, ‬future mobility‭, ‬digital economies‭, ‬and cybersecurity‭.‬

Sharjah was no exception‭.  ‬The Emirate’s International Book Fair last November attracted 1,024‭ ‬publishers from‮ ‬73‭ ‬nations around the world‭, ‬showcasing more than one million books by Arab and foreign publishers and projects by more than 60‭ ‬writers‭, ‬writers and thinkers‭.‬

The UAE‭, ‬thanks to the diversity of its exhibitions and expertise across many fields‭, ‬has become an engine for international development‭, ‬and a destination for those looking towards the future with optimism and determination‭.‬

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