Held under the patronage of His Highness General Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the event will feature high-ranking speakers and audience.
GNC will address topics crucial to the maritime security of the Arabian Gulf and will explore latest technologies and techniques in naval operations. The conference will take place on the sideline of the upcoming bi-annual meetings of the navy commanders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.
“GNC will be the first of its kind to take place in Abu Dhabi and it underlines the importance of maritime security in an area that exports daily by sea about 40% of the world oil needs,” said Riad Kahwaji, INEGMA director general.
Topics and speakers for GNC were selected in direct consultation with UAE Navy Command that has provided its full support to the event.
“The UAE Navy is proud to support GNC, which will provide a framework for exchanging views with officers of neighboring and allied naval forces,” said Brigadier General Ibrahim Salem Al-Musharakh, director of logistics of UAE Navy.
GNC will provide a unique opportunity for INEGMA to cooperate with ECSSR in producing a world class event and in making maximum use of the information that would be revealed in the presentations and discussions by the conference’s speakers and participants.
“ECSSR is happy to be part of producing this maritime security event,” said Dr. Jamal Al-Suwaidi, ECSSR director. “This event comes at a time the region is witnessing high tension that requires constant vigilance and cooperation amongst neighbors and allies to ensure maritime safety and stability of the Arabian Gulf.”
GNC will have two morning plenary sessions that will be opened by a speech from the Chief of Staff of the UAE Armed Forces, Lieutenant General Hamad Mohammed Thani Al-Rumaithi. GNC sessions in the afternoon will be closed roundtable-style workshops where only navy officials and industry executives will meet to discuss specific topics related to maritime operations matters and new technologies.
Northrop Grumman, a leading international builder of defense systems and also a systems integrator and solutions provider, will be GNC’s presenting sponsor. Other sponsors for the event include two UAE-based companies: The Abu Dhabi Ship Building Company (ADSB) and Abu Dhabi Systems Integration (ADSI).
These two companies reflect the growing importance of maritime security to the Arab Gulf countries and are also a testimony to the success of the UAE leadership in transferring essential and needed technologies to enable the creation of competitive endogenous defense and maritime industries.
All GCC navy commanders and their senior staff will be among the 300 participants that are expected to attend GNC. Senior commanders from the navies of the United States, France and the United Kingdom will also take part in the event.
GNC will be INEGMA’s third major international event for this year. It has produced the Middle East Special Operations Commanders’ Conference (MESOC) in Amman, Jordan, on March 31, on the sideline of the SOFEX Show. It also produced on March 2, the Internal Security and National Resilience (ISNR) conference in Abu Dhabi. INEGMA is the organizer of the Middle East Air Chiefs’ Conference (MEAC) that takes place on the sideline of the Dubai Air Show. INEGMA’s next event will be the Middle East Missile and Air Defense Conference (MEMAD) in Abu Dhabi, on November 30 and December 1. INEGMA is a Dubai-based think tank specialized in security and defense affairs.
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