Show Features & Programs

Show Features & Programs

DAY 1 – PREVIEW DAY

New to World Defense Show 2024, Preview Day was open only to VIPs, official delegations, government entities, exhibitors, and the media, allowing selected participants to explore the exhibition halls, view exhibitor products, and engage in a series of exclusive activities and conferences.

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DAY 1 – PREVIEW DAY

New to World Defense Show 2024, Preview Day was open only to VIPs, official delegations, government entities, exhibitors, and the media, allowing selected participants to explore the exhibition halls, view exhibitor products, and engage in a series of exclusive activities and conferences.

Future of Defense Forum

The Future Defense Forum, held on Preview Day, brought together senior government, military, and industry leaders for a series of keynote addresses and panel sessions. The invitation-only event underscored the show's commitment to fostering high-level open discussion on critical defense topics.

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DELEGATIONS PROGRAM

The Delegations Program is one of the most important programs for exhibitors. This global platform introduces high-ranking dignitaries and military representatives from around the world to our exhibitors, giving them the opportunity to showcase and promote their technology, and build important relationships with the industry players that hold real buying and influencing power. 

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DELEGATIONS PROGRAM

The Delegations Program is one of the most important programs for exhibitors. This global platform introduces high-ranking dignitaries and military representatives from around the world to our exhibitors, giving them the opportunity to showcase and promote their technology, and build important relationships with the industry players that hold real buying and influencing power. 

World Defense Show 2024 attracted 441 international delegations from 116 countries, with 100+ ministers and over 3,000 total delegation members. The program facilitated more than 1,000 meetings, allowing exhibitors to connect with thought leaders and key government officials, as they toured the event and visited select stands. This remarkable attendance marks a significant growth from the first edition, which welcomed 100 delegations from 42 countries.

As WDS prepares for its 2026 edition, we invite you to join this expanding network.

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FUTURE OF DEFENSE HUB

The Future of Defense Hub is a unique platform to promote the latest advancements in defense technology, create a collaborative environment for innovation and introduce those poised to push the boundaries of tomorrow's defense industry, to the companies who can support them.

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FUTURE OF DEFENSE HUB

The Future of Defense Hub is a unique platform to promote the latest advancements in defense technology, create a collaborative environment for innovation and introduce those poised to push the boundaries of tomorrow's defense industry, to the companies who can support them.

In 2024, Word Defense Show’s Future of Defense Hub showcased existing and emerging technology concepts, across three sectors:

  • R&D: This area highlighted innovation meeting application, with universities and research & development centers presenting their visions to transform the future of defense.
  • Innovation: This section gathered entrepreneurs and innovators, showcasing the start-up entities that are driving the next stages in the evolution of defense technology through cutting-edge solutions.
  • Content Theater: This dedicated space connected innovators with investors to foster investment opportunities, through activities such as the investee & Investor Program, Pitching Sessions, Mentorship clinics, and Fireside chats.

As World Defense Show prepares for its 2026 edition, we encourage you to be part of this exciting journey.

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DEFENSE SPACE ARENA

New at World Defense Show 2024, the dedicated Defense Space Arena showcased innovations that are transforming the defense industry, emphasizing the increasing role of space technologies in delivering advanced military capabilities as a central component of national security.

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DEFENSE SPACE ARENA

New at World Defense Show 2024, the dedicated Defense Space Arena showcased innovations that are transforming the defense industry, emphasizing the increasing role of space technologies in delivering advanced military capabilities as a central component of national security.

The Defense Space Arena highlights the importance of international collaboration, and encourages engagement among leading space entities, contributing to the multifaceted international dialogue on space matters. The arena serves to stimulate innovations in defense and inspire the next generation of leaders in the space domain.

The Defense Space Arena at WDS 2024 created a robust platform for discussing space's role in national security and fostering international partnerships.One of the focal points was the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's strategic ambitions in space, identifying future opportunities for both the Kingdom and international partners.

Defense Space Domain

Located within the Defense Space Arena the Defense Space Domain hosts meetings between international space forces and industry stakeholders, offering an interactive experience for visitors. Attendees could explore a simulated space station to better understand the significance of space for future global military capabilities, as well as the exploratory steps taken in the Saudi MoD’s space defense journey.

As we approach WDS 2026, we invite you to be a part of this exciting arena.

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B2B CONNECT

B2B Connect is a unique free-of-charge platform that offers one-on-one meetings designed to build lasting relationships, explore potential partnerships, and develop new business leads.

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B2B CONNECT

B2B Connect is a unique free-of-charge platform that offers one-on-one meetings designed to build lasting relationships, explore potential partnerships, and develop new business leads.

Over three days in WDS 2024, the program facilitated 2,026 scheduled meetings, bringing together 74 buyers and 738 suppliers, leading to 8,350 total connections. The extension of B2B Connect to three days reinforces World Defense Show's role as a key networking hub for the defense industry. This expanded format provides more time for business interactions, supporting the show's function as a premier platform for defense connections.

The success of B2B Connect at WDS 2024 proved its effectiveness in fostering significant relationships within the defense sector, register to be part of this networking event in 2026. 

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CONTENT THEATERS

The Content Theaters at WDS provide an interactive platform, bringing together leading speakers and thought leaders from across the defense industry to explore, discuss, and collaborate on key content themes that shape the future of defense and security.

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CONTENT THEATERS

The Content Theaters at WDS provide an interactive platform, bringing together leading speakers and thought leaders from across the defense industry to explore, discuss, and collaborate on key content themes that shape the future of defense and security.

Through engaging sessions, the Content Theaters provide a platform for thought-provoking discussions and interactive exchanges, driving forward the evolution of defense capabilities and strategies. Running daily throughout the show, the program delves into crucial topics such as future defense leadership, innovation exploitation, technology integration for defense transformation, international women in defense, and future talent.

Across five days, the Content Theaters at World Defense Show 2024 hosted 90 sessions, featuring 175 speakers and attracting 4,000 attendees in four distinct theaters – Future Defense Forum, Defense Technology Theater, Future Innovation Theater and Space Theater.

The drop-in sessions, held in dedicated theaters on the show floor and the main conference room, were open to all attendees, allowing for broader participation and stimulating conversations.

The success of the Content Theaters at WDS 2024 reflected the importance of interactive exchanges and thought-provoking discussions in advancing defense strategies. As WDS looks ahead to 2026, you are invited to be part of the evolution.

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MEET THE KSA GOVERNMENT PROGRAM

A feature unique to World Defense Show, Meet the KSA Government provides a platform for understanding and accessing opportunities within Saudi Arabia's defense industry.

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MEET THE KSA GOVERNMENT PROGRAM

A feature unique to World Defense Show, Meet the KSA Government provides a platform for understanding and accessing opportunities within Saudi Arabia's defense industry.

This program was developed to share the latest insights on procurement guidelines, investment requirements, and partnership processes, ensuring that participants operate in line with the national defense industry's overall strategy and objectives. It is an invaluable opportunity for building relationships and collaborations and is open to all who are interested in understanding and contributing to Saudi Arabia's defense ecosystem.

Over two days, the 2024 program featured 14 speakers, representing six different entities, with more than 160 attendees. Sessions were conducted by representatives from the General Authority for Military Industries (GAMI), Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Interior, National Cybersecurity Authority (NCA), National Guard, Presidency of State Security, and more.

The success of the Meet the KSA Government Program at WDS 2024 demonstrates its role in connecting stakeholders with key government entities. As we prepare for WDS 2026, be sure to book your space to explore the opportunities within Saudi Arabia's defense industry.

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Future Talent Program

The Future Talent Program offers young professionals guidance on progressing their careers in the defense industry.

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Future Talent Program

The Future Talent Program offers young professionals guidance on progressing their careers in the defense industry.

The program aims to inspire and inform the next generation of innovators, demonstrating that they have the skills to excel in defense careers. Through collaboration with academia, industry, and government, the sessions provide interactive experiences with inspirational speakers and industry exhibitors, along with advice on academic and vocational paths into the sector.

Aligned with Vision 2030's workforce development goals, the Future Talent Program supports the Military Industries Human Capital Strategy (MIHC), fostering the growth of Saudi defense capabilities and promoting engagement with STEM subjects.

The Future Talent Program at WDS 2024 showcased its importance in nurturing new talent, featuring 18 sessions with 50 speakers, and attracting 3,000 students from 80 universities. As World Defense Show prepares for 2026, join us in shaping the future of defense.

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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN IN DEFENSE PROGRAM

The International Women in Defense Program provides a platform to celebrate and accelerate women's participation in the defense industry.

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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN IN DEFENSE PROGRAM

The International Women in Defense Program provides a platform to celebrate and accelerate women's participation in the defense industry.

The program hosts female CEOs and leaders from around the world, recognizing women's achievements in defense, while exploring ongoing challenges through keynotes and panel discussions. The sessions evaluate the contributions women make to the global defense sector and aim to inspire more participation and leadership.

Sessions were free and open to exhibitors and visitors, encouraging discussion on female empowerment and offering visibility to positive role models. This program plays a key role in promoting women's inclusion in the global industry and demonstrating the benefits of gender diversity to business performance.

The International Women in Defense Program at WDS 2024 featured 16 sessions with 46 senior speakers. The program attracted 407 attendees, focusing on women's critical influence in the sector and the challenges to overcome to expand and enhance that role. As we look ahead to WDS 2026, join us in promoting and celebrating women's achievements in defense.

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LIVE DISPLAYS

A key attraction of the event, World Defense Show offers dynamic, advanced land and flying displays.

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LIVE DISPLAYS

A key attraction of the event, World Defense Show offers dynamic, advanced land and flying displays.

The daily live air and land demonstrations feature advanced military assets from exhibiting companies and government entities, emphasizing the evolution of multi-domain operations and battlefield networks. These demonstrations include military aircraft, unmanned aerial systems (UAS), and off-road test drives.

The static displays in the open courtyard present a wide range of defense and security technologies, allowing attendees to explore the latest innovations.

Over the course of the 2024 event, attendees had the opportunity to explore 14 live land displays, 178 static displays, and 38 aircraft in the live flying display, giving an immersive experience of the future of defense technology.

World Defense Show 2024's live display program was a distinct highlight, with an unparalleled space for demonstration of defense technology assets.

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CULTURAL PROGRAM

World Defense Show’s Cultural Program that takes attendees on a captivating journey through Saudi Arabia's rich history and heritage. Running daily during the show, the program offers a unique insight into the Kingdom's customs and traditions, from sports and art to food and beverage.

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CULTURAL PROGRAM

World Defense Show’s Cultural Program that takes attendees on a captivating journey through Saudi Arabia's rich history and heritage. Running daily during the show, the program offers a unique insight into the Kingdom's customs and traditions, from sports and art to food and beverage.

Exhibitors and visitors can enjoy traditional Saudi coffee, live music, dance performances, military bands, calligraphy artisans, and falconry within the event halls. The program, in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and the Saudi Tourism Authority, also provides cultural tours and after-show excursions in Riyadh and the Kingdom’s landscape beyond the city.

This immersive experience was designed to enrich visitors' understanding of Saudi Arabia's culture while attending the World Defense Show. As we look forward to WDS 2026, make sure to join us for another journey through the Kingdom's vibrant heritage.

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JOURNEY TO THE FUTURE

Journey to the Future was an integral part of World Defense Show 2024, offering an immersive experience that guided attendees through the event's most forward-thinking features, exhibits and debuts.

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JOURNEY TO THE FUTURE

Journey to the Future was an integral part of World Defense Show 2024, offering an immersive experience that guided attendees through the event's most forward-thinking features, exhibits and debuts.

This interactive experience aimed to engage and inform about the latest trends and technologies shaping the defense landscape.

At the heart of WDS 2024’s Equipped for Tomorrow theme, Journey to the Future served as both a unique platform to present cutting-edge solutions and a guided pathway to highlight debuts and improvements. It encompassed a range of exciting features, including the Space Arena, Future of Defense Hub, Future Talent Program, Content Theaters and Live Displays.

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