Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, the IDC 2021, held with the participation of 24 international experts, over 400 on-ground participants, as well as 2,400 participants joining virtually from 80 countries has cocluded. The event was organized by ADNEC and Tawazun Economic Council in cooperation with the Ministry of Defence and the General Command of the UAE Armed Forces.

Inauguration speech

IDC 2021

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International Defence Conference (IDC)

The Prosperity and Development of Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Technology and the Protection in the Era of the 4IR

Government, Industries and academia should work close together to bring about solutions to the challenges facing mankind. The conference is designed to bring thought leaders, policy makers, influencers, researchers and futurists under one roof live in Abu Dhabi to debate and share ideas related to technological advancement and disruptive technologies.

This conference marks the second time that two of the region’s signature and most well-attended events—the Abu Dhabi International Offset Conference (ADIOC) and the IDEX Conference—will be combined into a single “must attend” event for Defence, security, academic communities and companies operating in the region and internationally in Abu Dhabi live and in-person.

The combined 2023 conference is the culmination of a bold vision to create a single, world-class event onsite and in-person in Abu Dhabi and virtually. Our ambitious agenda centers on four inter-related focus areas: Cyber Security, Research & Development, Supply Chain, and 4iR & Artificial Intelligence Protection.

Discussion in each of these areas will bring together an impressive four of best-in-class experts, renowned industry and innovation leaders, academicians, senior flag officers, and defence decision-makers. Our multi-disciplinary panels will explore the most pressing challenges and opportunities for a shared future of stability, security and prosperity in a world struggling with several transformative and destabilizing transitions at the conference.

IDC agenda

The conference will have four sessions discussing:

Exploring innovative opportunities in supply- chain ecosystem management beyond Covid-19 Pandemic

Protecting AI and other 4iR technologies in the age of collaboration and diffusion

Strengthening the Defence industries R&D in an increasingly complex dynamic context

A holistic view on Cyber Security Resiliency during the era of Digital Transformation


IDC 2021 Highlights

The venue

19TH February 2023

ADNOC Business Center
Al Bateen - Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates


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