Milipol Qatar gears up for 2014 edition
The organisers of Milipol Qatar – the region’s most influential trade exhibition dedicated to internal State security – have announced that the 10th staging of the biennial event will take place on 20-22 October 2014 at the Doha Exhibition Centre.
Since its creation in 1996, Milipol Qatar has been organised by the Ministry of Interior of the State of Qatar and Comexposium from Paris. Over the years, it has established itself as the main platform in the region for internal security requirements due to the professionalism and quality of exhibitors and visitors. It also provides access to security markets in the entire region and allows key international industry players to meet in a fast-developing environment with medium- to long-term economic and strategic projects.
At every edition of Milipol Qatar, some of the world’s leading manufacturers and service providers come together and present their latest innovations to security sector professionals from GCC countries such as Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, as well as those from Asia and Africa. This has inevitably resulted in almost double the exhibition surface area in 10 years, with an ever increasing number of visitors and official delegations.
In 2012, the region’s premier security show was inaugurated by H.E. Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al Thani, Minister of State for Interior Affairs of Qatar. It witnessed a record participation of 244 international exhibitors from 37 countries (up 10% from previous edition). With a significant number of exhibitors coming from Europe and the US, there was also strong GCC-based representation at Milipol Qatar 2012 from KSA, the UAE, Kuwait, and Oman, as well as from Jordan and hosts Qatar.
Additionally, there were 242 official delegates from 28 countries, and 5,820 visitors from 66 countries (up 5% from 2010 figure), who all utilised a total 5,403 square metres of floor space at the Doha Exhibition Centre – an increase of 19% from the 2010 edition. The event’s success was further highlighted by EUR53m(QR262m) worth of internal security contracts signed by Qatar’s Ministry of Interior alone, which was reported by 178 journalists from nine countries in the Gulf, the Levant, and Europe. Also, a survey conducted by organisers on the 2012 event revealed that 97% of exhibitors were satisfied with their participation, 78% intend to exhibit at Milipol Qatar 2014, and 96% of visitors were satisfied with their visit at the event.
Milipol’s Director of Security Events, Michael Weatherseed, said of the upcoming event: “We believe that the record-setting, biggest and most popular edition of this influential security event in 2012 will definitely be surpassed this year. As a superb platform for the launch of new and innovative products and ‘world firsts’, we expect an increased number of exhibitors and visitors, which would then require in an even bigger exhibition floor space. The issue and problem of internal security is a global concern with several local and regional ramifications under a rapidly-changing environment of economic prosperity and growth and even difficulty. With existing or potential challenges from conflicts and criminal activity, varying internal security concerns require a wide range of cutting-edge technologies and services offered by an equally varied expertise of suppliers and service providers.”
“This is precisely where the continued success of Milipol Qatar is anchored on. Our line-up of exhibitors from all over the world makes it the single, most important marketplace for all internal security stakeholders to converge and meet each other’s needs. Thus, we look forward to once again address the region’s internal security solutions requirements, and make new acquaintances as well as meet old friends from the industry at a bigger and better Milipol Qatar 2014,” he added.
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