World Defense Show in Riyadh Reports Skyrocketing Global Interest

The World Defense Show is gearing up to host a prominent array of French defense companies in its second edition, scheduled for 4-8 February 2024 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. This development signifies a notable surge in global reservations, a fact underlined during the current Paris Air Show.

The WDS Team, who are participating at the Paris Air Show from 19-25 June, revealed that booked space for the French pavilion at WDS 2024 has increased by 35% compared to the inaugural event in 2022 and features the major players in the flourishing French defense industry including Airbus, MBDA, Naval Group, Nexter, Safran and Thales.

Andrew Pearcey, WDS Chief Executive Officer 

According to WDS Chief Executive Officer Andrew Pearcey, the show’s reach is truly global and has seen substantial increases in the size of country pavilions. “We have seen burgeoning international interest, with increased pavilions from Canada, France, Italy, Nigeria, Portugal, South Korea, Spain, Sudan, and the UAE. The Greek, Chinese, and Indian pavilions have all doubled in size, while the Czech Republic is 145% bigger.”

Bookings have also been boosted by countries who are exhibiting at the World Defense Show for the first time, including Bahrain, Denmark, Kuwait, Oman and Turkey. “The global defense landscape is evolving and the growth in the World Defense Show underscores the international focus on the Saudi Arabian market,” he added.

With the addition of a new third hall, the exhibition space has expanded to 47,000 sqm to meet growing demand. Pearcey said: “Despite this increase, and with more than seven months remaining, we are nearing capacity with 92% of available floor space already sold.”

The exhibition boasts a range of key features, including static land and air displays and an engaging daily program. A standout addition this year is the Space Arena. Pearcey elaborated: “The Space Arena, introduced for WDS 2024, forms an integral part of our Journey to the Future showcase. Space is a domain that is critical to national defense strategies.

WDS 2024 will showcase the most innovative capabilities and technologies from around the world, and will highlight the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s strategic ambitions in space, recent achievements and identify future space opportunities for both the Kingdom and its international partners.

In conjunction with the Space Arena, the event will feature interactive exhibit areas and a dedicated Space Amphitheater hosting industry experts and panel discussions.

Pearcey, alongside other executives from the World Defense Show, are present at stand F116, in Hall 3 during the Paris event. For further details about the World Defense Show, visit:

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