UAE Ministry of Defense to Host Defense Industry, Technology and Security Conference March 2-3

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Abu Dhabi, UAE – 25 February 2021 — The United Arab Emirates Ministry of Defence (MoD) will host the International Defense Industry, Technology and Security Conference (IDITSC) at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), UAE on March 2 and 3, 2022. For more information and registration, visit:

The conference’s strategic partners are G42, a leading Middle East artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud computing innovator based in the UAE, and EDGE Group, an advanced technology group for defence and beyond and one of the top 25 defence contractors globallyas Diamond Partners. ADNEC is a Platinum Partner and Tawazun Economic Council is a Gold Partner.

The first such conference to be held anywhere in the Middle East to concentrate on the nexus between the defence sector and technology advancements, IDITSC is a forward-looking, knowledge-based event that addresses the latest in defence technology and defence technology security (DTS). It convenes leaders from the international defence industry, policymakers, leading technology researchers and academics as well as international DTS experts.

The conference provides a multi-track agenda showcasing the latest research and advances in the areas of Robotics and Autonomous Systems; Space; Quantum Technologies, Artificial Intelligence; and other Emerging Technologies, and discusses their implications on and applications for defence. In total, over 70 UAE and international speakers are set to participate in the official programme, contributing to more than 55 insightful sessions and engagements.

In parallel, the conference tackles the current DTS frameworks and controls, and the latest agreements in multi-domain technology security. It will include expert panels, individual presentations, and fireside chats.

His Excellency Mohammed Ahmed Al Bowardi, UAE Minister of State for Defence Affairs commented, “International Defence Industry, Technology and Security Conference is animportant gathering to host at this point in time given the state of the world from a defence, technological, geo-political, and socio-economic perspective. We are experiencing unprecedented changes to operating norms across all aspects of life, and for the UAE, hosting this event for the first time is set to raise global awareness among defence stakeholders and specialists that military hardware and technology imported by the UAE is being utilised in line
with international rules, regulations, laws and procedures, as well as the UAE’s own rigorous domestic guidelines and policies.”
H.E. Al Bowardi continued, “"As the UAE takes bold steps within the guidelines of The Principles of 50, the nation looks forward to working with all major players in the defence manufacturing sector from across the globe to consolidate strategic and security interests. Within the UAE, we are determined to achieve the strategic goals that have been set out by our enlightened leaders, both in the short-term as well as longer run, tailoring industrialisation to our own particular set of circumstances. Hence, this conference has been convened at an important time and will act as a leading international platform for the exchange of information and experiences between the delegations of the participating countries to enhance the system of international military cooperation. In so doing, participants will be better placed to help serve the consolidation of security, peace, and stability across the world.”

IDITSC should be utilised as a prestigious international platform for the exchange of information and experiences between the delegations of the participating countries to enhance the system of international military cooperation in a manner that serves the consolidation of security, peace, and stability globally. The event will help position the UAE as a defence market that guarantees
the confidentiality of information and preserves the intellectual property rights of manufacturers in a way that exemplifies the country’s position and builds confidence in the nation as an important player in the global defence sector now and in the future.
Commenting on the launch of this conference, His Excellency Major General Staff Dr. Eng.

Mubarak Saeed Ghafan Al Jabri, Chairman of the Higher Organising Committee said, “The UAE is following a steady path towards establishing tangible independent capabilities. This event will
foster discussions on the development of defence technology innovation by attracting leaders
from the sector, policy makers, researchers, academics, and security experts from around the
world. There is no doubt that hosting and organising such content-driven events is a forward-
looking opportunity to exchange ideas and visions with friends and counterparts about the future
of defence, and how we can all cooperate more closely to develop the military industries sector
globally in general and in the UAE in particular.”