Brigadier Nasser Bin Fahad Al-Thani, President of the 2014 Milipol Qatar Committee has announced that preparations are underway for the organization of the 10th edition of the region’s most influential trade exhibition dedicated to internal State security – Milipol Qatar 2014, which will take place on 20-22 October 2014 at the Doha Exhibition Centre.
Organised by the ministry in partnership with Comexposium Security from Paris, Milipol Qatar has, since its creation in 1996, established itself as the main platform for Qatar and the region for internal security requirements due to the professionalism and quality of exhibitors and visitors. The event also provides Qatar-based internal security professionals and suppliers access to the latest industry techniques, technology and procedures, security markets in the entire region as well as key international product and service providers to meet a fast-developing environment that offers medium- to long-term economic and strategic projects.
“The issue of internal State security is a rapidly evolving concern,” said Brigadier Sheikh Nasser Bin Fahad Al-Thani, President of the 2014 Milipol Qatar Committee. “Existing and potential threats and risks are getting more sophisticated in today’s fast-paced and technologically advanced societies, including that of Qatar. Such sophistication must be addressed by the most advanced internal security hardware and software, as well as knowledge and expertise.
"All the preparations, arrangements and procedures for Milipol Qatar 2014 have been in accordance with the work plans developed by the Committee from the end of 2012 to date,” he assured. “The Committee has taken part in many International security exhibitions with the aim of marketing the show and inviting the largest number of international companies to participate in Milipol Qatar 2014".
“Through a platform such as Milipol Qatar, all professionals in Qatar and the region involved in internal State security will be kept up-to-date, not just of the latest threats and risks, but also of the most effective way of preventing them,” he explained. “Thus, we are truly honoured to be hosting this event in Qatar again and believe that the record-setting, biggest and most popular edition of this influential security event in 2012 will definitely be surpassed this year.”
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 many regional and international countries. In 2012, the region’s premier security show was inaugurated by HE The Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al-Thani. 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.
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 per cent from the 2010 edition. The event’s success was further highlighted by 53 million Euros (QR262 million) 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 per cent of exhibitors were satisfied with their participation, 78 per cent intend to exhibit at Milipol Qatar 2014, and 96 per cent of visitors were satisfied with their visit at the event.