The fifth edition of UMEX and SimTEX 2022 Conference kicks off in February

Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, the fifth edition of the Unmanned Systems Exhibition (UMEX) and the Simulation Training (SimTEX) Conference is set to kick off on 20 February 2022, bringing together elite experts and specialists from around the world to the ADNOC Business Centre physically and virtually.
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UMEX is one of the most important defense unmanned system exhibitions in the world. (Picture source UMEX)

The conference, organised by the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) in partnership with the Tawazun Economic Council and in cooperation with the Ministry of Defense, will focus on the theme of the “Unmanned, Unbound: Realising the Promise of The Unmanned Revolution”.

The conference will take place prior to UMEX, SimTEX, and ISNR 2022 exhibitions, held on February 21-23.

The conference will convene some of the top experts, decision-makers, academia and government officials, from the unmanned systems sector, bolstering the UAE’s position as a global destination for hosting distinguished events that highlight the latest scientific and technological developments in these industries, in addition to showcasing best practices in these ever-emerging sectors.

The conference will discuss and explore four main topics. These include Understanding the Changing Unmanned Landscape; Unmanned Systems and the 4IR: How Technology is Shaping Future Capabilities; Facilitating Trust and Understanding: Human-Machine Teaming and Decision-Making in the Unmanned Age; and Optimizing Innovation: Overcoming Adoption and Integration Challenges.
Ministers and officials from around the world will be participating in the Conference, most notably His Excellency Mohammed Ahmed Al Bowardi, UAE Minister of State for Defense Affairs, His Excellency Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy, and Teleworking Applications, and Prof. Mérouane Debbah, Chief Researcher, AI and Telecommunication Systems at the Technology Innovation Institute.

The Conference serves as an ideal platform for participants and attendees to gain a better understanding of the challenges faced by humanity today and the solutions and opportunities provided by the fourth industrial revolution, whilst also highlighting the advanced contributions of unmanned systems technologies and their potential.

Saeed Al Mansoori, Executive Director of Capital Events, a subsidiary of ADNEC, said: “Organising this conference supports ADNEC’s contribution to transferring and localising knowledge and attracting international experts in the unmanned systems sector, encouraging innovation and knowledge transfer.”

Al Mansoori added: “This conference is a leading platform that brings together decision-makers, pioneers, and experts under one roof in Abu Dhabi and the considerable turnout of experts and pioneers from around the world showcases the international community’s confidence in Abu Dhabi as a safe global destination for business. This event also sheds light on ADNEC’s efforts to improve this vital sector, reinforcing its strategic enabler of the business tourism sector in Abu Dhabi.”

Dr. Yehya Mohamed Al Marzouqi, Chairman of the Conference’s Organizing Committee, said: “We are proud to be hosting some of the top leaders, experts, and decision-makers in the unmanned systems sector for the 5th edition of UMEX and SimTEX 2022 Conference. This event is a unique platform that provides participants and attendees with the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the challenges faced by humanity today and the solutions and opportunities provided by the fourth industrial revolution.”
“We look forward to the Conference’s fifth edition where we will shed light on the advanced contributions of unmanned systems technologies and how they can reach their full potential in the coming decade,” Al Marzouqi added.

Mona Ahmed Al Jaber, Director of Corporate Communication at Tawazun Economic Council, said: “Holding this conference aligns with our efforts to support the sustainable development of these strategic industries, contributing to technology and knowledge transfer, supporting innovation, and encouraging active involvement in the fourth industrial revolution.”

“Tawazun is well aware of the importance of developing competitive products in the unmanned and remote-controlled operating systems, and the Council is committed to partnering with international companies to train UAE talents, enabling them to positively contribute to the development of the industrial sector and national products based on advanced technologies,” Al Jaber added.

The previous edition of UMEX and SimTEX exhibitions and conferences held in 2020 witnessed a very high turnout, with considerable local and international participation by exhibitors, visitors, and media.