The “World Defense Show” which is scheduled to take place in Riyadh between 6-9 March 2022, is meant to “cement Saudi Arabia’s position at the heart of the global defense industry and strengthen relationships with existing and potential industry partners,” GAMI said in a statement.
World Defense Show is a fully integrated and future-focused defense event set to showcase the latest technological developments from around the globe, and demonstrate defense #interoperability across all #defense domains. #WDS2022 #FutureOfDefense pic.twitter.com/YIxRsHbLX8— World Defense Show معرض الدفاع العالمي (@WDS_KSA) July 15, 2020
“Saudi Arabia is an ideal host for a defense show of this scale given its strategic location at the center of three continents and global supply chains, as well as its status as one of the world’s largest defense markets,” GAMI added.
According to the Saudi authority the show will help the Kingdom achieve its vision to localize 50 percent of its military expenditure by 2030, “especially by promoting further collaboration with governments and defense manufacturers around the world.”
The world’s industry leaders, investors, startups & political decision-makers will meet in Riyadh in March 2022 to share their thoughts on the future of #defense during #WDS2022. Discover more about the event here: https://t.co/bObYxH7ZvF pic.twitter.com/G5dOwmQNfx— World Defense Show معرض الدفاع العالمي (@WDS_KSA) July 15, 2020
The show will focus on “interoperability across air, land, sea, security innovative defense technologies and satellite defense systems,” state news agency SPA reported.
GAMI’s Governor, Ahmad al-Ohali said: “There is no better place than Saudi Arabia to organize a defense event at this scale. A G20 country, the Kingdom is one of the world’s biggest defense spenders with a strategic location at the center of three continents, making it an ideal hub for defense trade and innovation.”
Organized by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, #WDS2022 will take place every two years from 2022 & will feature the latest innovations in interoperability across air, land, naval, security & satellite #defense systems. Read the full release here: https://t.co/qQ08Dc0taT pic.twitter.com/mw832w3PjG— World Defense Show معرض الدفاع العالمي (@WDS_KSA) July 15, 2020
The CEO of the event, Shaun Ormrod said: “Through [the] World Defense Show we will demonstrate why Saudi Arabia is critical to the defense industry’s future. The platform will enable access to dedicated programs that support Saudi Arabia’s local businesses, it will leverage investment opportunities and encourage a new generation to aspire to work in the defense industry.”
The Kingdom’s Vision 2030, an ambitious reform plan spearheaded by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, aims to diversify Saudi Arabia’s economy away from a dependence on oil. Part of that plan aims to develop the national defense industrial sector.