LANGKAWI, Malaysia, May 23 (Xinhua) -- The 16th Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) kicked off on Tuesday in Langkawi in Malaysia's Kedah state, after a four-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
First launched in 1991, the biannual event is a platform for various forums in maritime and aerospace industries, bringing together representatives of associated sectors as well as officials and decision-makers from a number of countries.
This year's event, running from May 23-27, sees the participation of hundreds of exhibitors from the defense and commercial sectors, with the display of country pavilions.
One of the most watched segments of the event remains the aerobatic displays, with aerobatics teams from China, Indonesia, Russia, South Korea, and the United Arab Emirates being eye-catchers over the Langkawi International Airport.
Malaysian Defense Minister Mohamad Hasan highlighted the need to facilitate dialogue to promote a strong, stable, and sustainable future, in a speech at the reception on Monday evening.
Separately, Malaysia's Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook said, "This year's edition of LIMA can be considered as one of the best international platforms to rejuvenate the commercial sectors in maritime and aerospace which were adversely affected by the COVID pandemic," he said.
The organizer predicts a turnout of 45,000 delegates and trade visitors and a further 250,000 members of the public over the course of the event.