World Defence Show first edition which brought together 600 defense and security exhibitors from 42 countries, concluded with SAR29.7 bn deals. Founded by the General Authority for Military Industries (GAMI), the world’s first show focused on defense interoperability received 80 military delegations, 65,000 visits and representation from 85 countries from east to west.
H.E Ahmad Al-Ohali, Governor of GAMI said: “From its first edition, World Defense Show established itself as one of the top defense and security shows in the world, which reflects the Kingdom’s position as a global driver of collaboration, innovation, and business opportunities. The networking, knowledge sharing, and commercial relationships established through the World Defense Show platform will spur a new era of investment and growth for Saudi Arabia’s defense and security industry bringing us closer to achieving our target of localizing more than 50% of the Kingdom’s military expenditure by 2030.”
“We thank all exhibitors, visitors, and partners for being part of this promising journey and we look forward to bolstering ties with them in the coming period, while we prepare for the show’s second edition set to take place between 3rd and 6th of March 2024,” Al-Ohali added.
As the regulator, enabler, and licensor of Saudi Arabia’s defense sector, GAMI worked with partners to review contracts announced at the show, with detailed evaluation of technical specifications in line with international standards, ensuring spending efficiency and operational readiness.
The 2022 edition of World Defense Show was packed with industry-leading networking programs and demonstrations. From creating business opportunities through the “Meet the buyer” program to thought-provoking programs such as International Women in Defense and Future Talent, the show paved the way for further collaboration, sector growth and human capital development.