From 17 to 21 February 2013, Hotzone Solutions (HZS) participated in the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), the largest defence exhibition in the Middle East and North Africa region.

IDEX 2013 was organised by the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company, in association with the UAE Armed Forces General Headquarters, and was held under the auspices of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

IDEX was an ideal platform for Hotzone Solutions to introduce its new products, such as the Incident Command Management Tool, referred to as Sphynx, the HZS CBRNE Robot, and its new generation of chemical warfare agents simulants, all of which have been developed by HZS staff.

IDEX also presented an excellent opportunity for participants to meet a number of HZS partners, such as the Swedish Rescue Training Centre, a partner for more than two years in the training of first responders, Seibersdorf Laboratories, a partner in ionizing radiation testing and related training, and Taurob, a young and innovative start-up which is collaborating with Hotzone Solutions for the design and development of the HZS CBRNE Robot.

During IDEX, many companies from Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates expressed an interest in the live agent training proposed by Hotzone Solutions for the training of their armed and police forces, as well as their customs officers.

A substantial number of the NBC defence-equipment providers present at IDEX also expressed their interest in the services provided by Hotzone Solutions. New contracts and agreements have been signed with new partners, notably for the lending of their equipment and its testing in a live environment.

Hotzone Solutions’ participation in IDEX 2013 proved to be very successful in terms of new contacts, and also allowed key regional stakeholders to become aware of Hotzone Solutions Middle East and its executive director, Mr Ali Almeqbali, as well as the unique services offered by the company. Hotzone Solutions management team also highly appreciated the interest shown by His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan in its mission when visiting the HZS stand.

Image (left to right): Oskar Smith (HZS consultant), Johannes Neuwirth (Seibersdorf), Olivier Mattmann (CEO HZS group), Mohammed Alnaqbi (director HZS middle-east), Ali Almeqbali (managing director HZS Middle-East), Salem Alhassani(Safety Zone), Mattias Biegl (Taurob), Ola Johansson (SRTC sweeden) Yves Dubucq (HZS sale director), centre: Ahmed Gamal (marketing manager HZS Middle-East).