Hamad Port will welcome ‘Visiting Warships’ for DIMDEX 2018
As part of the highly anticipated sixth edition of the Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition & Conference (DIMDEX 2018), Hamad Port, one of the Middle East’s largest port, is set to welcome for the first time the Visiting Warship Display at its state-of-the-art facilities.
The recently opened 28.5 square kilometres Hamad Port, operated by Qatar Ports Management Company (Mwani Qatar), boasts a 4 km long, 700 meters wide, and 17 meters deep basin, enabling it to harbour some of the world’s largest seafaring ships.
Marking a 10th anniversary this year, DIMDEX 2018 will be held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar, and will be hosted and organised by Qatar Armed Forces, over three days from 12-14 March at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC).
Hosted off-site from the QNCC, the extensive display of visiting warships will be comprised of several types of vessels including destroyers, frigates, and fast-attack craft, to amphibious transport docks from the region and beyond. To date, DIMDEX has received over 70 warships at previous editions.
The arrival of the warships is one of the key elements of the leading three-day maritime defence event, as navies from around the world get to display their latest vessels and showcase their capabilities in protecting trading routes, borders and shorelines. This year, DIMDEX and Hamad Port will welcome international vessels and provide exhibitors and visitors with the opportunity once again to explore modern naval warships, and meet with the respective leaders and crew.
In September 2017, Hamad Port was inaugurated by HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, representing a long-term manifestation of the Qatar National Vision 2030 – an all-encompassing plan focusing on the nation’s social, economic, environmental and human development.
Qatar's major gateway to world trade is creating direct maritime lines and connecting Qatar to other international ports around the world to ensure the growing needs of the local market are met and to establish Hamad Port as a vital commercial centre in the region.
Hamad Port has also been instrumental in addressing the challenges presented by the ongoing political challenges in the region, with the opening of new shipping lines to various international ports.
The strategically located Hamad Port will help in Qatar’s economic diversification through its scale, capabilities and trade affiliations; due to the port’s enormous size, it will have an annual capacity of 1.7 million tonnes of general freight and 1 million tons of grain with a specialised terminal supporting the entry of 500,000 vehicles per year. The port upon the complete development will provide a total throughput of 7.5 million containers.
As a leading event in the global maritime defence and security industry calendar and a prominent large-scale event for Qatar, DIMDEX introduces businesses to key procurement decision makers with key elements to support exhibitors and visitors achieve their goals.
This includes; the Exhibition to explore the latest state-of-the-art technologies; and the Middle East Naval Commanders Conference (MENC) discussing pressing industry trends with academic and military speakers; the VIP Delegations for exhibitors to access key stakeholders; and, the Visiting Warships.
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