UMEX & SimTEX 2022
UMEX & SimTEX 2022
The fifth edition of the Fifth International Unmanned Systems Exhibition and Conference - UMEX & SimTEX 2022 have been at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, was the largest edition of this event in terms of exhibition area and exhibitors, with 134 exhibitors from 26 countries from around the world. It was under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces. A Rosoboronexport delegation presented samples of Russian unmanned equipment and advanced developments at the exhibition in Abu Dhabi.

At the UMEX and SimTEX 2022 exhibitions, the Ministry of Defence UAE announced that the total deals and contracts concluded by the Ministry during the fifth edition increased to more than AED 2 billion, an increase of approximately 177% from the fourth editions deals in 2020.

At the conclusion of the event, His Excellency Major General Dr. Mubarak Saeed Ghafan Al Jabri, head of the UMEX and SimTEX 2022 and accompanying conference Higher Organising Committee, said: This growth in the scale of deals reflects the UAEs pivotal role in enhancing the national and regional economy, stability, and security and its leading position in promoting innovations in the field of unmanned systems. It also supports its work towards developing national capabilities which empower and strengthen the UAE to confront challenges.

In addition to the deals, the exhibitions provided a platform for international companies to unveil their advanced technologies and new innovations, unveiling 22 never-before-seen technologies during the live demonstrations held today at Tilal Swaihan area in Abu Dhabi, he added.

His Excellency said: The achievements of this edition bolster the leading position of the exhibitions as platforms specialising in unmanned systems, simulation, and training, which play a pivotal role in strengthening the presence and position of the UAE as a leading global centre for technology and innovation, all in accordance with global trends for adopting the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri, Managing Director and CEO of Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) and its group of subsidiaries, said: The fifth edition of UMEX and SimTEX was successful in light of the current exceptional circumstances, as the total area of the two exhibitions increased by 20% compared to the previous edition. In 2022, the number of exhibiting companies reached 141 companies from 27 countries, while the number of visitors to the exhibition reached 15,874, and the number of official delegations increased to 264 official delegations, an increase of 32% compared to the previous edition of the exhibition.

Al Dhaheri indicated that ADNEC has appointed a specialised company to conduct a survey to measure the satisfaction of visitors and participants in the activities of the two exhibitions and the accompanying conference, and 92% of the visitors and participants stressed the importance of the UMEX and SimTEX exhibitions, and 98% of them expressed their satisfaction with the experience of participation, while 88% of visitors showed interest for their participation in the next edition in 2024, and more than 99% expressed their satisfaction with the precautionary measures that were applied at the event and 99% of them said that they felt safe during their visit, which reflects the efficiency of ADNEC's work teams and the precautionary measures that it applies in all its efficacy.

UMEX & SimTEX and the accompanying delegations have high strategic position and importance in the agenda of annual events organised and hosted by ADNEC, as the event represents a leading global platform for unmanned systems, training, and simulation experts which contributes to enhancing cooperation, the exchange of knowledge and expertise, and learning about the most important technologies and innovations in these vital sectors.

Since its launch, this event has been contributing to the diversification of national economy in accordance with the goals and aspirations of our wise leadership for the next fifty years in terms of adopting the Fourth Industrial Revolution by enhancing the UAEs position as a leading global centre for innovation and technology.

UMEX & SimTEX made significant contributions to GDP growth and the diversification of income sources, as technology and unmanned systems contribute to economic growth and provide job opportunities in several sectors in the UAE, in addition to consolidating Abu Dhabis leading role in the global business tourism sector in terms of hosting and organizing prominent international exhibitions. The two exhibitions also contribute to increasing strategic investments in advanced and innovative technologies by providing a strategic platform for building active partnerships and enhancing communication among major international players in the unmanned systems, training, and simulation sectors.

A little more about Russian participation in the exhibition, which was very noticeable. Even before the exhibition began Alexander Mikheev, Director General of Rosoboronexport said: Today Rosoboronexport is successfully promoting the Orlan-10E and Orion-E reconnaissance and reconnaissance/strike unmanned aircraft systems, the Kub-E kamikaze drone and is also preparing to launch a wide range of ultralight, heavy attack, rotary-wing and multi-rotor drones on the external market. At the UMEX 2022 specialized exhibition, we will showcase products from Russian manufacturers, hold presentations and negotiations on cooperation in this area with representatives of the United Arab Emirates and other Middle East countries," said.

There is high interest today in unmanned systems in the Middle East, which has considerable potential for equipping its law enforcement agencies with high-tech products. This is one of the most promising market segments in the region.

"Along with the growing demand for drones, there is an increased attention to drone detection and suppression systems. These products are particularly relevant in the Middle East region, where drone attacks by terrorists occur repeatedly. Rosoboronexport offers its partners a wide range of means for equipping their law enforcement and army units, as well as private companies engaged in the protection of infrastructure facilities, oil and gas industry enterprises and critical organizations," Alexander Mikheev added.

Rosoboronexport said in Abu Dhabi once more that it is ready to consider cooperation on the export of some UAV countermeasures systems, such as Repellent, Repellent-Patrol, Kupol, Rubezh-Avtomatika and Pischal. In addition, the company has developed and offers its partners a comprehensive counter-drone system combining electronic warfare and air defense systems of various classes.

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