Dubai – MENA Herald: Civil defence is to be a key focus at the upcoming Milipol Qatar 2016 with the debut of a dedicated exhibition area, key conference sessions and a strong UAE delegation on this year’s agenda.

Marking its 11th edition and 20 years since the leading bi-annual event dedicated to homeland security in the Middle East was first held in Doha, the event will return to Qatar’s capital with an area dedicated to civil defence exhibitors.

Confirmed exhibitors to date include a significant delegation representing the UAE with key players such as Al Majdal Trading Co. LLC, Betafence Middle East (Branch), Leader Healthcare, each having an exhibition space within the new dedicated area. Other exhibitors from the UAE include Advanced Systems, Aviglon, FME General Trading DMCC, Global Security Network (GSN), Stratign FZE.

The exhibition, which has long been a key feature on the security market calendar, will be held from 31 October to 02 November at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC), under the patronage of HH Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, the Emir of the State of Qatar, organized by the Ministry of Interior of the State of Qatar in partnership with the French-based Comexposium Security.

Commenting on the introduction of the dedicated civil defence area, Muriel Kafantaris, Exhibition Director, Milipol events said: “The Middle East has witnessed a number of incidents over the past 12 months that have influenced policy, regulation and procedure, and with high profile events due to be held in the region in the coming years, and considerable construction projects planned, it is key that those involved are prepared with the right knowledge and resources, that’s why we decided to focus on a Civil Defence area in 2016”.

A number of international companies have already confirmed their participation as part of the dedicated civil defence zone this year, which will be located in a prime position alongside the Ministry of Interior of the State of Qatar’s stand. Exhibitors such as Bertin Technologies from France, China’s Telo Systems Limited, and Industrial Scientific US from the USA will be represented.

Additionally, Qatar’s MoI has announced that it will be allocating a portion of its own stand to civil defence, with leading officials available to discuss latest trends and developments to visitors.

As part of the conference agenda, a number of talks and discussions will also focus on relating topics. Taking place on the second morning of the exhibition a session entitled “Crisis Management and Resilience” will look at response, resilience, continuity and attacks arising from large scale natural and man-made disasters, emergencies and terrorist attacks, while on the following day, internationally recognized experts in infrastructure protection will share their insights on how to strengthen threat awareness, emergency preparedness and responsiveness in a session entitled “Critical Infrastructure Protection – Cyber Threats Intelligence”.

There is still limited exhibition space available for those who wish to take part of Milipol Qatar 2016, which in 2014 attracted 6,583 visitors from 63 countries and 146 Official Delegates.