More than 100 Saudi firms to participate in Kingdom's first World Defense Show

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More than 100 Saudi Arabian firms will have exhibits at the Kingdom’s first World Defense Show set to be held in the capital Riyadh next March, according to a press release from the organizers.

The global defense and security event, to be held under the Patronage of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz, has so far allocated 85 percent of the exhibition’s space, according to the organizers.

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Key Saudi government entities have confirmed their participation in the inaugural show taking place from March 6-9, 2022, including the Ministry of Defense, Ministry of National Guard, Ministry of Interior, Presidency of State Security and General Authority for Military Industries.

“With over 800 exhibitors, 30,000 visitors and 85 military delegations, World Defense Show will open the local and regional defense industry to partnerships and investments from international defense players. This will be the first time the global industry has had such open access to all the opportunities with Saudi defense entities, and we are greatly looking forward to providing the world’s best meeting environment for global industry decision makers,” Chief Executive Officer of World Defense Show Shaun Ormrod said.

Also joining the Saudi government entities at the exhibition are some of the largest local defense firms including Military Industries Corporation, al-Tadrea, GDC, Middle East Propulsion Company, Saudi Arabian Military Industries, National Company for Mechanical Systems, and Wahaj alongside leading global defense companies such as Embraer, General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, NORINCO and Rolls Royce.

“The biennial event focusing on defense interoperability across air, land, sea, security and space, will enable the industry to keep pace with developments across defense and technology. The speed at which these developments take place compels the industry to cooperate across borders and domain expertise to generate opportunities throughout the defense value chain,” organizers said in a press release.

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