By Sarah Saad
Egypt’s Minister of State for Military Production Mohamed Salah Eddin Mostafa is set to travel to Saudi Arabia to participate at the second edition of the World Defense Show (WDS 2024).
The event will be held in the Saudi capital Riyadh from February 4 to 8 under the patronage of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.
The minister is set to hold meetings with world’s key military officials and heads of companies participating in the show, in addition to visiting some pavilions of countries partaking at the event, Spokesman for the Military Production Ministry Mohamed Eid Bakr said.
The highly-anticipated event will attract distinguished decision-makers from the defense and security fields worldwide, providing a platform to showcase cutting-edge future techniques in the military industries sector, SPA reported.
WDS 2024 aims to become one of the most prestigious defense and security exhibitions globally. The show will feature more than 750 exhibitors and welcome over 500 official delegations.
Representatives of more than 75 countries are set to participate in the event with an expected attendance of 100,000 visitors from both home and abroad.
Covering an expansive area of 800,000 square meters, WDS 2024 comprises exhibition halls and pavilions where purchasers can engage with exhibitors.
Additionally, the show includes exhibition platforms, aircraft spaces, and a purpose-built 2.7 km-long, 50-meter-wide runway.
Saudi Arabia is leveraging this show to strengthen its position as a leading global destination for defense, security, and military industries. The Kingdom aims to advance localization efforts and promote local defense manufacturing capabilities. Furthermore, the event serves as a platform for exchanging expertise on cutting-edge techniques and showcasing the latest advancements in military technologies.
The show will highlight the future defense across five fields: ground, sea, air, space, and information security. It will explore the latest operational compatibility systems from around the world. Attendees will have the opportunity to witness the latest models of military jets, drones, and military satellites.
In conjunction with the show, the Future Defense Forum will be held for five days, focusing on maritime defense, cybersecurity, and space technologies.
The forum will also include meetings with defense leaders and announce winners of the Innovation Award in the Military Industries. The Future Talent Program will be held concurrently with WDS.
Moreover, the International Women in Defense Program, held alongside the main event, will bring together distinguished women leaders from around the world. The program will highlight women’s achievements and their contributions to the global defense and security industry.