ABU DHABI, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) -- The biennial International Defense Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) kicked off here on Sunday with special focus on disruptive technology.
Themed "Disruptive Innovation in Defense and Security Technology," the 13th edition of the five-day event attracts 1,235 firms from 57 countries, according to the organizer Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC).
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, as well as Omar Al-Bashir, the President of Sudan, attended the opening ceremony.
"Disruptive technology and its impact should be understood and monitored by all military branches of service, because the technology leads to the rise of cyber warfare," Mohammed Al-Bowardi, UAE Minister of State for Defense said Saturday.
The last IDEX in 2015 saw over 100,000 visitors flocking into this biggest military fair and exhibition in the Middle East while deals worth 18.3 billion dirham (4.98 billion U.S. dollars) were sealed.