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March 8, 2009

Idex benefits from ADNEC quay development

The recent dredging of the quay opposite the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre came into its own recently, when four navel vessels docked there during last month’s International Defence Exhibition & Conference, IDEX 2009.

The four ships that visited the show were USS Gladiator (US), HMS Chiddingfold (UK), ItNs Capt. Bettica (Italy) and INS Sarvekshak (India).

IDEX 2009 was organised by ADNEC (Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company) in association with the UAE Armed Forces GHQ. ADNEC has made signficant investments to improve exhibition facilities at the venue and integrate the naval element more closely with the show. Previous editions of IDEX have seen vessels having to dock at Port Zayed, some 20 kilometres away from the main exhibition venue.

This year, however, the Al Bateen channel opposite ADNEC has been dredged to a depth of six metres to enable warships up to frigate size to berth directly across from the show venue. A 350-metre quay has also been constructed and connected to the venue via a footbridge, to provide easy access for show visitors.

Furthermore, the facilities for traditional small craft demonstration have been improved as well allowing companies to demonstrate a wider range of smaller vessels, such as patrol boats and landing craft designed for inshore and amphibious operations.

Some 10 amphibious craft took part in the daily demonstrations at IDEX.

In all, more than 900 exhibitors from 50 countries will be represented at the show, which drew more than 40,000 visitors, including government and industry leaders.

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