DSA 2024: UAE Reaffirms Commitment to Supporting, Strengthening International Co-operation

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THROUGH its participation in the Defence Services Asia 2024 (DSA) exhibition, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) reaffirms its commitment to supporting and strengthening international collaboration in defence and security by highlighting the defence products of UAE companies, exchanging expertise, and exploring global collaboration opportunities.

The UAE National Pavilion at DSA 2024 showcased a wide range of advanced defence products and services, including electronic weapons systems, armoured vehicles, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), air defence systems, communications, space and satellite systems, and training and simulation.

DSA 2024, jointly organised with the National Security Asia 2024 (Natsec Asia) exhibition, is held at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre in Kuala Lumpur, on May 6-9.

UAE’s National Pavilion — held under the patronage of the UAE Ministry of Defence and Tawazun Council and organised by the Emirates Defence Companies Council (EDCC) — featured a number of leading UAE-based companies specialising in defence industries and technologies, including EDGE Group, Calidus, Advanced Armor Engineering (AAE), Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat), Avantguard Holding Limited, Darwish Bin Ahmed & Sons, and the Ministry of Defence’s “Al Jundi” magazine.

Mona Ahmed Al Jaber (pix), Chairwoman of the EDCC, said that the participation of the UAE National Pavilion aligns with the council’s keenness to advance international defence and security co-operation, to learn about the latest technologies in this field, and to provide opportunities for the Council’s member companies to forge new partnerships that will support the UAE defence industry’s competitive edge in the Asian and international markets.

“DSA also provides us with a unique opportunity to demonstrate the creative and highly-advanced defence manufacturing technologies adopted by the UAE companies,” Mona told Asian Defence Journal on the last day of DSA 2024, today.

“At the same time, we hope to use this platform to connect with our industry peers from across the world in order to strengthen co-operation, exchange expertise and share best practices.”

The participation was proven to be highly successful, characterised by a substantial turnout at the pavilion, including a visit by Malaysia’s Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as well as senior officials from various countries.

“I can confirm that our participation has fulfilled its objectives of advancing the rapidly growing defence and security industry in the UAE and enhancing relations with friendly countries, particularly with Malaysia. We look forward to building on this excellent outcome to further expand our relations. We have 20 defence companies participating under the umbrella of the national pavilion of UAE and more than 100 products which are proudly made in UAE,” she added.

Avantguard CEO Hanadi bin Darwish said that the exhibition is an opportunity to learn about the latest global technologies, foster international co-operation in the defence and security industries, and showcase and harness Emirati technology in the global market.

DSA is one of the world’s largest international defence exhibitions in terms of its scope and number of participants. It is an important platform for showcasing the latest technologies, innovations and advanced solutions in defence and security sectors.-shp/EDGE/mgm (Pix:EDGE)