Gulf Security Industry worth $1bn

25.10.2009 Security

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The Gulf 's security industry, one of the most exciting markets in the world, is worth Dh3.6 billion ($1 billion) and is projected to grow at 10 per cent annually, according to an expert. The region offers an outstanding opportunity for security, police, fire, military, rescue and safety companies, said  Elisabeth Brehl, managing director of Epoc Messe Frankfurt, organisers of the Intersec trade fair and conference.The Intersec, to be held in Dubai from January 17 to 19, is the largest show in the Mena region for the safety and security industry, combining a huge international profile, with a strong regional impact.

"Exhibitors participating at Intersec are aware of the opportunities that the region has to offer, this is evident with the growth of the show, year on year. The international interest in the exhibition has expanded remarkably over the years," Brehl pointed out.

The growing expertise of the event, as a result of working with experienced international suppliers, is underpinning the development of both the security and safety sectors across the region.

"It is also recognised that fire safety as a discipline has much development work ahead of it in most of the Middle East - which is why consultancy and training services are in strong demand," she noted.

"It is projected that within the next few years more than 60,000 buildings and assets in Dubai alone will be fully installed with direct alarm systems. Alarm system installation will be a mandatory requirement by law, to ensure and enhance the security of the city," said Brehl.

According to her, commercial security represents the largest show segment with the most advanced products, services and technologies being unveiled by key global players.

"The demand for sophisticated closed circuit TV cameras (CCTV) is growing at a rapid pace in this part of the world," Brehl explained.
"This is evident from the fact that the recently launched Dubai Metro has 3,000 CCTV cameras mounted, to monitor the 74 km of rail tracks and the 29 stations. CCTVs are a crucial element in securing buildings, banks, ports and airports."

A number of exhibitors will be featuring the latest technology in CCTV cameras, in the Commercial Security section of the Intersec trade show, she added.

With the building of the Dubai Metro project; pivotal topics related to emergency response, disaster preparedness, safety and security equipment have been highlighted. International suppliers of security related equipment and services will be displaying the most advanced trends in these areas.
Leading companies to attend the show include Honeywell, Bosch, Norbain, Lenel, IDteck, Dedicated Micros, Genetec, Infinova, Axis Communications, Smith Detections, Kaba, Came, Panasonic, Zahra, Sony, Secutronic and G4S.-



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