Tuesday, December 10, 2019 12:00 – 17:00
Wednesday, December 11, 2019 10:00 – 17:00
Thursday, December 12, 2019 10:00 – 15:00
The host country for the Gulf Defense & Aerospace exhibition is The State of Kuwait which is a sovereign Arab emirate situated in the northeast of the Arabian Peninsula. It is bordered by Saudi Arabia to the south and Iraq to the north and lies on the northwestern shore of the Gulf.
Kuwait has an open economy with proven crude oil reserves of about 96 billion barrels, i.e. about 10% of world reserves. Petroleum accounts for nearly half of GDP, 90% of export revenues, and 95% of government income.
The six member states of the GCC, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE have signed a defense pact to consider an attack on one as an attack on all. A joint Rapid Reaction Force (“Peninsular Shield”) has been established and currently has 5,000 troops. Plans of increasing this amount to 20,000 have been discussed.