Intersec, the world’s leading trade fair for safety, security and fire protection, will welcome 800 exhibitors from around the world.
The 24th edition of Intersec, the world’s leading trade fair for safety, security and fire protection, opens at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) today. The event welcomes over 800 exhibitors and covers more than 48,000 square meters and across nine halls and the Trade Centre Arena. The event runs until Thursday.
Intersec: A 54% rise in exhibitors
The event will feature 800 exhibitors from Australia, the UK, Europe, the Middle East, the Balkans, Russia, CIS, North and South America, North and South Africa, Asia, Scandinavia, the USA, and the Indian Subcontinent. According to Intersec, this represents a 54% rise from 2022, with 180 new exhibitors. The exhibitors represent 55 countries and there are 10 national pavilions: Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, South Africa, Singapore, Turkey, and the UK.
“This year’s show will feature some of the biggest industry names, alongside new entrants to the sector,” says Alex Nicholl, Show Director of event organiser Messe Frankfurt Middle East. “We have 42 newcomers from the Emirates this year, which means the UAE now accounts for 20 per cent of our exhibitor profile. Saudi Arabian participants are up 20 per cent too, while we have also seen particularly strong growth from India, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Turkey, Iraq, Qatar, Nigeria, and Egypt.”
The growth is largely due to positive industry forecasts, high demand for solutions to combat increasing cybercrime, and strong international support from government and professional organizations, such the UAE Cybersecurity Council, Saudi Arabia’s National Security Services – SAFE, and Huawei, said Nicholl.
First time exhibitors
Major new entrants include Thales of France, Singapore’s ST Engineering, Saudi Arabia’s SAFE, Germany’s AGMC/BMW, Israel’s D-FEND, the UAE’s Tabbara, The Netherland’s Robin Radar, Sigma Security of Greece, Poland’s Megavision, and VX Ray of the USA.
The event will run from Tuesday until Thursday, with dedicated product showcases for commercial and perimeter security, homeland security, fire and rescue, safety and health, cybersecurity and special features, plus a powerful conference and knowledge-sharing program.
Special features include the Attack Zone, which will be hosted by the Loss Prevention Certification Board and see exhibitors testing their products in live-action demonstrations; and the Safety Walk which promises a catwalk of industrial safety gear. The Tech Stage will unveil innovations, including virtual reality solutions, anti-drone technology, and new safety materials.
In the Start Smart Zone, start-ups will connect with decision makers, buyers, and potential investors, while the purpose-built Future Defenders Hack Arena will see cybersecurity teams from schools, universities and CISOs compete for prizes and industry recognition.
The invite-only, two-day Intersec Security Leaders’ Summit is a high-level strategic convention for policymakers and decision makers to collaborate, innovate and seek new technologies.
Other conference highlights will be keynotes by DESC’s Dr Bushra Al Blooshi, Head of Research and Innovation, on pioneering the digital economy, and another by Adrian Whelan, SVP, Head of Global Security at DHL Express, focusing on a future supply chain security road map.
The UAE Cybersecurity Council will also host a dedicated Cybersecurity Conference with attendees hearing from government leaders, CSOs and CISOs across oil and gas, BFSI, healthcare, hospitality, and energy and utilities industries.
A Fire and Rescue Conference will be hosted by Dubai Civil Defence and will see the region’s fire and emergency service leaders explore key challenges, opportunities, standards, policies and technology. Finally, a safety and health seminar will explore MENA’s new regulatory changes.
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