IDEX 2025

IDEX 2025

Security Defense
Abu Dhabi, UAE
17-21 Feb 2025
2 years
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A key international defence event

IDEX stands for the International Defence Exhibition & Conference and centres around the latest technological breakthroughs in public security, armaments, and defence technology. The trade fair has existed since 1993 and has done much to consolidate markets in the Middle East and open the region to the world in an economic sense.

Not only is IDEX a platform for innovation, but serves as a meeting point between manufacturers, leaders, and experts within the private and governmental sectors of a number of countries. The product portfolio extends to the entire value chain – defense and fire protection solutions, ammunition, weapons, rockets, tanks, warships, military gear and tactical equipment. What makes IDEX stand out for the industry is the massive outdoor area that hosts live demonstrations.

IDEX 2025

There will not be any changes made to when IDEX 2025 will take place, organisers inform. The international defence exhibition will be held at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre from 17.02.2025 until 21.02.2025.


As we’ve already pointed out, there’s a significant international interest in IDEX. This means you should look into a professional solution for the hotel accommodation for IDEX. Trade Fair Trips ltd is ready to serve you in any capacity you need. With our team, you can book an accommodation quickly and easily, and we know our way around Abu Dhabi. Tell us what budget you’re working with and we’ll provide you with the top hotel rates during IDEX.

The service is straightforward – after a single consultation you receive a list with a variety of hotels in a few hours. Your comfort is our highest priority, which is why we aim to offer hotels near ADNEC. Trade Fair Trips ltd is also available to book meeting rooms or take over the installation process of your trade fair booth. 

On foot
On foot:

Not advisable when travelling from Abu Dhabi International Airport

Not advisable when travelling from Abu Dhabi Central Bus Station

By car
By car:

16 mins when travelling from Abu Dhabi International Airport

11 mins when travelling from Abu Dhabi Central Bus Station

By public transport
By public transport:

Not advisable when travelling from Abu Dhabi International Airport

55 mins when travelling from Abu Dhabi Central Bus Station


Hotels near IDEX

Hotel Stars Distance to fair City Price
Al Seef Resort & Spa by Andalus 4.8 Abu Dhabi from € 251.00 EUR Book Now
Oryx Hotel 13.8 Abu Dhabi on request Request
Bab Al Qasr Residence 16 Abu Dhabi on request Request
IDEX 2025 Abu Dhabi Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Abu Dhabi City Center 14.3 Abu Dhabi on request Request
IDEX 2025 Abu Dhabi Pearl Rotana Capital Centre 0.5 Abu Dhabi on request Request
IDEX 2025 Abu Dhabi Centro Al Manhal by Rotana 9.5 Abu Dhabi on request Request
Anantara Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa 4.3 Abu Dhabi on request Request
Capital Centre Arjaan by Rotana 0.45 Dubai on request Request
Kingsgate Hotel by Millennium 13 Abu Dhabi on request Request
IDEX 2025 Abu Dhabi Beach Rotana Residences 13.6 Abu Dhabi on request Request

IDEX takes place in Abu Dhabi, UAE and is organised every two years alongside with NAVDEX (the Naval Defence Exhibition). Editions usually last for about five days in total and are held at the start of the calendar year in the month of February. IDEX LLC, as headed by ADNEC GROUP, fulfills the role of official organiser and ADNEC (Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company) is the host venue for the proceedings.

Only professional visitors are admitted and doors are open from 10:00 am in the morning until 18:00 pm in the afternoon, but these hours are subject to change as the edition’s official program is finalized. ADNEC is best suited for drivers as it’s in a central area and has great parking capacity. The Abu Dhabi International Airport is located a 15-minute drive away. In terms of public transport, you can take the bus line 040 to the exhibition grounds. 

“IDEX is the ideal platform for us to look for new partners in order to grow and develop a product that can be sold abroad and locally,” - Ali Al Yafei, CEO, ADASI;

“IDEX brings together key leaders from around the global security and defense industry and provides a platform for us to engage with our most important customers from the Middle East and far beyond,” - Robert Harward, Chief Executive, Lockheed Martin, UAE;

“If we hadn’t had a platform like IDEX to bring all those technologies together in the beginning and showcase our capabilities, we wouldn’t be here today to talk about the biggest defense industry company in the Middle East and we want to show it here in IDEX,” - Homaid Al Shemmari, CEO, Mubadala Aerospace and Engineering Service and Chairman of the Board, Emirates Defense Industries Company (EDIC)

IDEX enjoys the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. This aligns the international trade fair with the Ministry of Defence and the GHQ Armed Forces UAE. This is why IDEX has such a diverse audience – government, military and business.

There are chiefs of staff, defence ministers, and army, navy and airforce commanders. All in all, there are 105,000 trade visitors on average, who come to see the rich product lineup housed in 12 halls as presented by over 1300 exhibitors.

In terms of nationality, most visitors arrive from neighboring regions in North Africa, the Asian Subcontinent and the GCC. The countries with biggest representation are UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

IDEX 2019

The 2019 edition of IDEX Abu Dhabi featured over 40 participating countries. These were presented by over 124,000 attendees, more than 1,200 media specialists and more than 1,300 exhibitors.

IDEX 2021

The 2021 hybrid of the event featured 62,000 visitors and 900 exhibitors from 59 nations. This signified a high attendance rate given the Covid-19 pandemic.

IDEX 2023

The 2023 in-person edition took place in ADNEC amidst safety measures such as the social distance protocol. The event was attended by 1,353 exhibitors from 65 nations and around 132,507 visitors. This included more than 376 official delegations. The total event space exceeded 165,000 m2. 56 business deals were conducted during the event resulting in AED 23.34 billion and 98% visitor satisfaction.

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