The silver jubilee edition of Intersec 2024 will be the largest edition yet, with increased exhibitors and support from key UAE Government bodies
The organiser of Intersec 2024 is preparing to host what is to be expected to be the largest edition in the show’s 25-year history.
Taking place from 16-18 January 2024 at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), under the theme of ‘Innovating security tech for a quarter century’, the exhibition is expecting a remarkable 20% year-on-year increase in international exhibitor participation and more than 45,000 trade visitors from around the world travelling to attend the event.
Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansoor Bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the silver jubilee edition of Intersec will host 1,000 exhibitors from more than 60 nations, with around a quartre of these appearing for the first time. Occupying 13 halls at DWTC, the exhibition signifies a 20 per cent growth compared to 2023, reaffirming its status as a critical networking hub for global security, safety, and fire protection industries. Uniting buyers, sellers, and decision-makers, Intersec provides a dynamic nexus for networking, deal-making, and the global unveiling of cutting-edge technology and innovations in Dubai.
In particular, every element of Intersec is affiliated with the relevant UAE government entities, demonstrating the commitment of the UAE Government to these important industries. Dubai Police and the Security Industry Regulatory Authority (SIRA) are affiliated with the security sector; Dubai Civil Defence with the Fire & Rescue element of Intersec; while Dubai Municipality supports the safety sector and the Cyber Security Council and Dubai Electronic Security Center (DESC) underscore the importance of the cyber sector.
Alex Nicholl, Group Commercial Director at Intersec organiser Messe Frankfurt Middle East, said: “With two months to the largest edition of Intersec, we look forward to providing a platform for bringing the leading industry players together for three days of discovery, networking, knowledge sharing and most of all, driving the industry forward.”
In addition to exhibitor showcases, Intersec 2024 will continue to set the stage for a safer and more secure world with the return of its high-impact conference programmes, including the exclusive Security Leaders’ Summit (ISLS) exploring trends in sustainable security and geopolitical risk intelligence, the Cyber Security Conference, hosted by the UAE Cybersecurity Council, delving into metaverse security and Zero Trust Architecture, and the Safety & Health Conference emphasising workplace safety and well-being.
Meanwhile, the Fire & Rescue Conference, hosted by Dubai Civil Defence, will discuss strategies and best practices across topics such as emergency response planning, fire safety and compliance and community engagement. At the same time, the Thought Leadership Pavilion, hosted by the Access Control Executive Brief, will address a range of topics across a central theme of the future of the access control and smart lock industry.
“These conferences and workshops serve as the intellectual heartbeat of Intersec, providing a platform where pressing issues are dissected, innovative solutions are unveiled, and the seeds of progress are sown,” added Nicholl.
The event’s diverse features encompass the Drone Threats & Counter Measures Workshop. According to a report by Innovius, the UAE drone market is expected to experience significant growth, with a projected increase in market size from $380 million in 2022 to $950 million in 2030. While safety regulations remain a priority, the utilisation of drones for various purposes, including gathering intelligence or posing physical and cybersecurity threats, will be a significant topic of discussion at Intersec 2024, which takes place from 16-18 January 2024 at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC).
With drones emerging as a cost-effective means for gathering intelligence and presenting potential security threats, the Counter Drone Workshop at Intersec 2024 aims to address the challenges comprehensively. The workshop will take place on the sidelines of the Drone & Anti Drone Zone, with over 200 sqm of drone innovations alongside state-of-the-art anti-drone technologies from the world’s leading defence and security manufacturers, including Skyfend, D-fend Solutions, Dat ConAEE Aviation AxEnd Inc.
Grant Tuchten, Portfolio Director at Intersec organiser Messe Frankfurt Middle East, said: “It is a crucial time to host this workshop in the UAE as we delve into understanding the imminent threats, anticipating potential scenarios, and identifying the most pertinent modes of threats. Through case studies and global incident analyses, industry experts will explore methods and technologies for detecting, neutralising, and, if necessary, eliminating drone threats.”
“It is a crucial time to host this workshop in the UAE as we delve into understanding the imminent threats, anticipating potential scenarios, and identifying the most pertinent modes of threats. Through case studies and global incident analyses, industry experts will explore methods and technologies for detecting, neutralising, and, if necessary, eliminating drone threats.”
Other conference themes and interactive activities include the Emergency Crisis Management & Communication Workshop, live demonstrations in the Attack Zone, a catwalk show of industrial safety gear at the Safety Walk and the Future Defenders Hack Arena for students and professionals. Moreover, the Intersec Awards will recognise outstanding achievements across key sectors, and The Premium Club will provide a key networking programme for industry professionals.
The 25th edition of Intersec will encompass five broad product sections: Commercial & Perimeter Security, Homeland Security & Policing, Fire & Rescue, Safety & Health, and Cyber Security, offering tailored solutions for each industry segment under one roof.