SOFEX 2008, has attracted some of the Kingdom’s most esteemed public and private entities to sponsor the 7th edition of the world’s leading special operations and homeland security conference and exhibition, which will take place on March 31st until April 3rd at the King Abdullah I Airbase in Marka.
With less one than one month to go, scores of public and private sector organizations have confirmed their support for SOFEX 2008, cementing its position as one of Jordan’s leading international events, which attracts thousands of participants from all around the world representing the defense industry’s most renowned and leading manufacturers, in addition to government delegations from the Middle East and North Africa, around the world and a large contingent of international media.
Due to the large international presence at each SOFEX edition, the event has proven to be an ideal opportunity for the Jordanian Armed Forces and Jordanian companies and organizations to showcase their capabilities as well as meet and network with leading foreign companies and delegations from every corner of the globe.
SOFEX is held under the Patronage of His Majesty King Abdullah II, the supervision of HRH Prince Feisal, Chairman of the Board of SOFEX and enjoys the support of the Jordan Armed Forces. The importance of SOFEX is further demonstrated by the fact that over 29 local entities are sponsoring and supporting this year’s event including the Amman Municipality, the King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB), Orange/Jordan Telecom Group, Skynet, Royal Jordanian Airlines, Le Royal Hotel, LG, CNS Primus, Jordan Tourism Board (JTB), Radisson SAS Hotel, MIDAS, Jordan Kuwait Bank, JorMall, MDS, Paramount, Northrop Grumman, DRS, Salem Security, JLVM-LCDR, Arab Orient, Aqaba Development Corporation (ADC), AICI, Gerber/Silva, Motorola, General Dynamics and M.S Jaffar and Sons amongst others.
Amer Tabbah, Managing Director of SOFEX, said, "We are thrilled that SOFEX has already attracted more than 29 of the Kingdom’s leading companies to sponsor the event and we are very grateful to each of the Jordanian as well as the International companies who have showed their support. One of SOFEX’s goals is the promotion of Jordan and its capabilities in both the private and public sectors as well acting as an opportunity for the hundreds of participants to visit the rich touristic sites during the show. Each and every sponsor will play a significant role in helping to make SOFEX 2008 a success.”
Mr. Tabbah continued to say that “Throughout the years, SOFEX has played a major role in enhancing the Jordanian economy through the numerous local and international agreements that were signed during the event. The exhibition has proved to be an ideal atmosphere to forge partnerships between international and local manufacturers.”
He added, “SOFEX is also an opportunity to benefit from the advanced technologies being exhibited in order to attract investments to Jordan in both the defence and services industry. We look forward to SOFEX 2008 being a success in terms of the business deals and partnerships that are established, and we also hope it generates a considerable amount of revenue for the Jordanian economy, with hotels, restaurants and various other local businesses benefiting substantially from this year’s participants.”
SOFEX 2008 is an exclusive four-day event that will commence with a one-day “Middle East Special Operations Commanders Conference”, followed by a three day comprehensive state-of-the-art exhibition.
SOFEX (sofexjordan.com) is a premier international exhibition and conference that features the largest fully-integrated Special Operations Forces equipment and solutions in the world. Bringing together the world’s leading Special Operations and homeland security manufacturers with high-ranking defense officials and government decision makers, SOFEX is a unique global gathering for showcasing the latest counter terrorism and homeland security solutions to combat today’s ever increasing security challenges.
The 7th edition of the SOFEX series will be held at the King Abdullah I Airbase located near Amman from March 31st to April 3rd, 2008. The event is held biennially under the Patronage of His Majesty King Abdullah II and is fully supported by the Jordan Armed Forces.