IDEX 2011 - Abu Dhabi's International Defence Exhibition â€œFor the first time since IDEXâ€™s inception in 1993, exhibitor numbers have gone past the 1000-mark recording 18.2 percent growth over IDEX in 2009, to reach 1060 exhibitorsâ€. â€œTotal event space (gross sqm) has grown 14.8 percent to 124,000sqm (108,000sqm in 2009), with IDEX exhibitors this year, representing 53 countries (50 in 2009), including 32 national pavilions (same as 2009). Net event space (net sqm) has increased 14.58 percent to 43,219sqm (37,719sqm in 2009)â€. Also, a new feature at this edition is NAVDEX - a dedicated naval defence exhibition thatâ€™s being held in parallel, at the ADNEC Marina and connected via a pedestrian bridge to the main exhibition venue. Organised by Clarion Events on behalf of ADNEC in association with the UAE Armed Forces GHQ, NAVDEX occupies 16,000sqm (gross), with 81 exhibiting companies, as well as 4 visiting navy ships from the UAE, the UK, Italy and France. NAVDEX is set to enter the record-books as the largest launch event in the UAE in 2011, as well as ensuring the naval component is a crucial and increasingly important element at all future IDEX editions.