Bahrain international defence exhibition and conference

28-30 October 2019
Bahrain International
Exhibition & Convention Centre



Below is an overview of the  Middle East Military Alliances & Coalitions Conference  at BIDEC 2017. Full details of the Conference at BIDEC 2019 will be available soon.
Middle East Military Alliances & Coalitions Conference · 16-17 October 2017

Middle East Military Alliances & Coalitions Conference · 16-17 October 2017

16 October: Bahrain Hall, Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay
17.30 - 19:30. Includes the Official BIDEC 2017 Gala Dinner 19:30 - 22:00
By invitation only

17 October: Palm Hall, Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre
08:00 - 18:30
All VIPs, exhibitors, media and military visitors can attend

BIDEC will host a strategic conference series that will offer a forum for knowledge sharing and will address the biggest challenges in Bahrain and the wider region.

The Middle East Military Alliances and Coalitions (MEMAC) Conference will seek to address many of the challenges facing the region, and the wider global implications. The approach will be both political and diplomatic stressing the importance of military coalitions such as the role of NATO, UN Peacekeeping Operations, The Arabic Coalition in Yemen and the Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism, with support from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, and militarily with the region's military experts and coalition commanders discussing real threats and solutions, stressing the importance of military coalitions operations.

During the Conferences, speakers will examine the core issues of strategic importance within the defence industry through dedicated panels sessions. View confirmed speakers here or you can download the provisional agenda here.

Please note that entrance to the BIDEC Exhibition is free of charge, but entrance to the MEMAC Conference is chargeable for some visitors. See delegate pricing here.

Knowledge Partner


The Bahrain Center for Strategic, International and Energy Studies ‘DERASAT’ is a think tank in the Kingdom of Bahrain. It is known for its dedication to the promotion of informed dialogue and rigorous research. Their research focus encompasses international strategic, security, economic, and energy issues, with a mission of producing insightful analyses that can be used to inform and guide policymakers, and the general public, to a better understanding of the strategic landscape and emerging issues relevant to Bahrain’s national security.

Interested in taking part?

If you're interested in taking part in the MEMAC Conference - speaking or even just visiting, please email

If you're interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at BIDEC, please email:

Thomas Gaunt 
Event Director 
t: +971 (0) 4 4356101 
m: +971 (0) 55 314 3339  








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