The second edition of the Security Middle East Show (SMES) has been postponed from its original date on 7-9 April 2011 to a new date on 28 - 30 November 2011.The homeland security event will take place at Biel Exhibition Center in the downtown area of the Lebanese capital Beirut.
Decision to put off the event was due to the turbulent conditions the Middle East region is currently experiencing, and was at the wishes of many exhibitors as well as the main official supporters of the event: The Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) and the Internal Security Forces (ISF).
The new date for SMES-2011 was decided at the recommendation of the ISF Director General Major General Ashraf Rifi in order to coincide with the Arab Police Chiefs' Summit (APCS) that will take place in Beirut Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2011 in Beirut.
APCS is an annual event organized by the Arab League and rotates on Arab capitals. The ISF will work closely with SMES organizers to bring the 22 Arab police chiefs and their security delegations a day earlier to Beirut and have their meetings at BIEL in order to attend the Show.
Now, SMES has a guaranteed audience of 22 senior security Arab delegations led by Police Chiefs, in addition to other regional and international security and defense delegations that will be invited by the LAF and other government agencies to attend SMES.