Our Events

IDEX was launched on February 14th, 1993 with an active participation of more than 350 companies form 24 countries and had been instantly identified as an international success due to the active participation from various military delegations. NAVDEX was launched alongside IDEX on 2011. To maintain the momentum garnered from the international community, IDEX and NAVDEX has continued to expand the overall exhibition space. The size of the exhibition halls, conferences and outdoor space has increased to accommodate the regional and international companies wishing to display the latest technology and military weaponry for the land, air and the sea.


The International Defence Exhibition and Conference


The Naval Defence and Maritime Security Exhibition

The defence exhibitions (IDEX, NAVDEX significantly contribute to achieving ADNEC’s strategic goals and positively impact Abu Dhabi’s economic growth through bringing together key representatives of international defence industry, offering then a world-class level of services, delivering high-calibre defence conferences and exhibitions and finally exceeding their expectations.

From the success we have experienced in organising IDEX the defence exhibition, we took a strategic step by expanding and growing the defence exhibitions business and reduce the dependency on a single event by launching UMEX and SimTEX in the opposite year to IDEX and NAVDEX. UMEX and SimTEX diversified its portfolio by including more of the civilian and commercial unmanned applications rather than focusing on the defence sector. The event includes the sectors of artificial inelegance, Robotics, Unmanned systems, simulation and training


Abu Dhabi International Boat Show (ADIBS)


UMEX & SimTEX       



ADIBS is the first exhibition outside the defence sector to be organised and hosted at ADNEC and held at the ADNEC Marina. Abu Dhabi International Boat Show was launched back in 2018 to support Abu Dhabi’s 2030 strategic plan. Abu Dhabi Boat Show is unique to Abu Dhabi and the region; it caters for all marine industry professionals and the whole family seeking a great day out or a weekend. Abu Dhabi Boat Show is the perfect platform to discover the latest ways to enjoy all aspects of Marine leisure and water sports in and around Abu Dhabi, with a whole range of opportunities to get out on the water.


ADIFE, The Inaugural Food Exhibition in the Capital


Abu Dhabi Date Palm Exhibition, The World`s only dedicated B2B event for Date Palm Fruit

Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Presidential Court, and Chairman of the Board of Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority (ADAFSA), the first edition of the Abu Dhabi International Food Exhibition (ADIFE) is scheduled to be launched on 6 to 8 December 2022 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.


The Exhibition is organised by Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) in cooperation with Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority (ADAFSA) and is expected to witness wide-scale local and international participation by major companies specialising in the Food, beverage and hospitality sectors, in addition to many experts, specialists, and decision-makers in this vital industry.

The Abu Dhabi Date Palm Exhibition is co-located event with SIAL Middle East and was launched in 2015.

The International Exhibition of National Security and Resilience (ISNR Abu Dhabi) offers a unique networking platform connecting regional government bodies with security solution providers from across the globe. Organised by Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company, ISNR Abu Dhabi brings the national & cyber security community together to accelerate public-private collaboration for a safer connected world.





The first edition of the Global Media Congress will be held in Abu Dhabi from November 15 to 17, 2022. It is organized by Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) in partnership with the Emirates News Agency (WAM).