For the next three days, Jordan will be hosting SOFEX, which stands for Special Operations something or other. Forget about the name. The point is I got to attend the first day and, to my surprise, it was a pretty fun filled couple of hours. Special forces did a whole hostage situation scenario that I thought was pretty cool, at least if you think a bunch of swat officers hanging from a helicopter on a small platform and then dropping atop a plane to take it over, is cool. The event was filled with companies from all over the world, operating in the industry. From tanks, fighter jets and Jordanian Hospitals that are usually sent to Palestine, to bullet absorbing walls for maneuver practice, and one of the more interesting products, military field rations that actually have Middle Eastern food like magloobeh. KADDB, the King Abdullah Design and Development Beure, had some pretty neat gear to show off that I was quite impressed with. Mawared, for some odd reason, also had a decently-sized outdoor booth where they put on display some of the interesting projects they’ve been up to (other than Abdali), including the Living Wall (behind the Jordan Hospital) and the Princess Sumaya village. Their ultimate display was the King Abdullah Bin Abdal Aziz city that’s being built in Zarqa. This thing is, without a doubt, larger than Zarqa itself!
People at the event were mainly military, arriving from all over the world including Morocco, South Africa, Kazakastan, Pakistan, Russia and Indonesia. It is definitely a man’s world over here. I mean I’m not into guns or anything, but the level of testosterone is bewildering. Kind of reminds me of Lord of War, except they give away a lot of free stuff like key chains.
Thankfully, the media room is equipped with Internet access so I leave you with some multimedia:
The end of the military exercises (as well as my camera’s batteries)
KAADB’s Nimr vehicle: