Nearly 20 U.S. companies are participating at the Doha International Maritime Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX 2016) taking place at the Qatar National Convention Centre in Doha from 29-31 March 2016.
The size of the American contingent is a strong indicator of how important the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region is to the U.S. maritime defense and security business, and that countries in the region are likewise interested in working with the U.S. to further their maritime defense, security and economic goals.
DIMDEX is Qatar’s most prominent defense and security trade event. The American presence, featuring industry leading companies such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and Textron Systems is organized by Kallman Worldwide, Inc., the designated U.S. Representative of the show, in coordination with numerous U.S. government agencies.
The centerpiece of the national effort, the nearly 1,500 square meters (gross) U.S. International Pavilion, is a destination for buyers looking for an efficient way to meet a critical mass of U.S. suppliers, and an on-site business hub for U.S. exhibitors looking to maximize their exposure and impact at the event.
There are 16 exhibitors in the Pavilion, ranging from publicly traded stalwarts to privately held small-and-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Pavilion exhibitors represent a cross-section of leading American suppliers working to strengthen or initiate international partnerships.
“When U.S. companies commit to exhibit at DIMDEX, they’re saying they believe in the power of this event to attract real business prospects and customers. The growth and diversification of this show speaks for itself,” said Kallman Worldwide President and CEO, Tom Kallman.
“Our team is proud to help our exhibitors capitalize on this influential international business opportunity to grow their share of the marketplace and our nation’s trade and investment partnerships in the region, he added.
In addition to organizing the national Pavilion, Kallman Worldwide is promoting U.S. exhibitors with its “Ask America First” advocacy campaign. The message will be placed prominently on site, integrated into hospitality and VIP events during the show, and promoted in social media.
“The United States is one of the world’s biggest maritime defense and security suppliers, but that's no guarantee that buyers will look to work with U.S. companies over others. As the organizer of the U.S. presence at DIMDEX 2016, we have a responsibility to advocate not only for our exhibitors, but for our nation in this highly competitive marketplace. We want every visitor to 'Ask America first' at DIMDEX, and to be assured that America is listening,” Kallman concluded.
Since 1963, Kallman has helped more than 10,000 companies, associations and government agencies stand out at nearly 1,000 industry and professional events in 46 countries.