Leadership Conference Program
"Defence in Resilient Nations, Beyond 2020
16 November 2020, 11 AM GST”
About the Leadership Conference
The Leadership Conference program is an initiative of
the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Defence (MOD) to
contribute to national and international debate and
discourse on contemporary national and
international security challenges.Click here to learn more
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Since the unification decision, the Ministry of Defense has achieved many successes and pioneer steps in many forums. The Ministry of Defense is looking forward to opening new horizons for its strategic vision and its public policy in an efficient way through which it can keep pace with the global boom witnessed by the whole world.
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On March 5, 1989, the Land Forces Command was established and located in Zayed Military City in Abu Dhabi. It includes mechanized infantry brigades, armored vehicles, artillery, field engineering, signal and technical and administrative support units. The land force is considered one of the oldest formations in the armed forces.
In April 1967, late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, May God bless his soul, ordered the establishment of the sea wing of the Abu Dhabi Defense Force, with command position at the current location of the Abu Dhabi Navy . They began working with patrol boats donated by Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan. Later, 40-foot patrol boats and 56-foot patrol boats, followed by 110-foot armed boats joined the force.
The Air Force was established on May 13, 1968 as Air Wing of the Abu Dhabi Defense Force, with headquarters located at Al Bateen Airport in Abu Dhabi. The force included the Hawker Hunter Squadron, Caribou, Islander Cargo aircraft squadron, and Helicopter Bell 205. In January 1974, the Air Defense Command was formed and armed with Anti- aircraft gun 20 mm, and Rapier missile battery.