The 7th edition of the Doha International Maritime Defense Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX 2022) took place under the theme ‘Connecting the World`s Maritime, Defense and Security Community’ at the Qatar National Convention Center (QNCC), which is centrally located in Doha, the capital of Qatar, from 21-23 March 2022. Under to patronage of HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-THANI, the Amir of the State of Qatar, and hosted as well as organized by the Qatar Armed Forces, DIMDEX 2022 witnessed extensive participation from official VIP delegations and featured an even larger exhibition space to accommodate a wider range of the latest defense and security capabilities from around the world.

Date: Issue 114 - July 2022

The size and scope of DIMDEX has grown significantly since the inaugural event in 2008. Since the exhibition area has been expanded the 7th edition of DIMDEX was held on an area of 35,000 square meters (including 7 indoor exhibiting halls; Hall 3, 4, 5 6, 7, 8 and 9), which provided exhibitors ample space to showcase the latest technological innovations and to network with top military officials and other key decision makers from Qatar as well as other countries. As a biennial, world-class exhibition for technology, maritime & defense industry capabilities, it is recognized as the industry’s must-attend event.  The show attracted participation from Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Pakistan Turkey and the UK with their own pavilions, while Croatia, South Korea, Jordan and Iran made their appearance with country pavilions for the first time. Among these 14 international pavilions the largest one belonged to Turkey (with 33 companies), followed by the USA (14) and France (11). According to the DIMDEX Organizing Committee the exhibition also attracted as many as 90 VIP delegations and around 200 international and domestic exhibitors (in the Show Guide the list of exhibitors from A to Z contains only 154 companies) from 19 countries (Australia, Belgium, China, Croatia, Finland, France, Germany, India, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Pakistan, Qatar, Singapore, South Korea, Turkey, UAE, UK and the USA) that showcased the latest in military equipment, besides introducing new concepts and breakthrough ideas that will shape the future of the global defense and security industry. DIMDEX 2022 was visited by more than 20,000 professional and trade visitors during its three days. 

DIMDEX has a proven track record of delivering high-level business-to-government, government-to-government, and business-to-business commercial opportunities. At DIMDEX 2022 a total of 32 contracts, agreements, memorandums of understanding (MoU) and letters of intent (LoI) were signed but the total value of the awarded contracts was not disclosed. Raytheon, BAE Systems, Thales, Rheinmetall, ASELSAN, YONCA-ONUK JV and NUROL MAKİNA are some of the big names that entered some sort of agreement with Qatari entities during DIMDEX 2022. ASELSAN disclosed on Twitter on March 22 that it already signed two sales deals worth US$36.6 million in total with undisclosed international clients during DIMDEX 2022. At DIMDEX 2018, Turkish companies received an order of approximately US$800 million from the Qatar State.