Milipol Qatar, the international event for Homeland Security and Civil Defense, kicked off at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center on Monday, with the participation of 143 local and international exhibiting companies.
Under the patronage of His Highness the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani and under the authority of Qatar’s Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, His Excellency Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani, the 13th edition of Milipol Qatar has attracted a multi-national exhibitor line-up representing 14 nations across the Middle East, South America, Europe, the UK, USA, Sub-continent, and Scandinavia.
Held from 15-17 March 2021, the show features five national pavilions representing Brazil, France, Germany, the UK, and the USA.
Organisers, Qatar’s Ministry of Interior in partnership with Paris-based international event organiser Comexposium acting on behalf of the GIE Milipol headed by Civipol, the technical implementer of the French ministry of the Interior, said 68% of the companies registered for the biennial show are new to Milipol Qatar having been attracted by strong forecasted sector growth.
“The value of the Middle East homeland security market has been predicted by Frost and Sullivan to grow to US $19.7 billion by 2022,” explained Préfet Yann Jounot CEO of Civipol and President of Milipol events.
France has the largest national pavilions which are supported by the French Minister of the Interior who is a guest of honor at the event. The pavilion organiser, the Paris Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said 77% of the 22 partner exhibitors are new to Milipol Qatar with all being major players in their fields with research and development units to present innovation for export. Among the pavilion exhibitors is the Nexter Group, a defence and security robotics solutions provider which is planning to promote its NERVA multi-mission robots. “We are eager to help the Qatari, and more generally Middle Eastern, police special units and military Special Forces improve their safety through high-end reconnaissance and explosive ordinance disposal robotics capabilities,” commented Romain Le Berre, the Group’s Sales Director.
Though Milipol Qatar 2021 has a wealth of show newcomers, it has also attracted loyal support from regular exhibitors, including the German pavilion. Its organiser CCO Creative Consulting GmbH said Milipol Qatar has been the most important homeland security show for German companies in terms of creating business and establishing contacts with the Qatari government for over two decades.
“The whole Middle Eastern market continues to be in demand of cutting-edge technological applications and systems from all over the world to effectively counter terrorism attacks and provide safety for its citizens and critical infrastructure,” said the company’s Managing Director Nico Baumbach.
Meanwhile, the UK Defence and Security Organisation, which is organising the British pavilion says Milipol Qatar is now a global leader for defence and security procurement with UK providers eyeing potential partnership agreements with local Qatari players.
“UK defence and security products have an outstanding reputation in Qatar and are already widely deployed within the security sector. UK companies are keen to develop industrial partnerships and joint ventures with Qatari companies and Qatari buyers are always keen to have visibility on the latest UK products and innovations,” said an organisation spokesperson.
Milipol Qatar 2021 is also featuring a series of highly informative seminars featuring dialogues, case studies and debates focused on the future of the homeland security and civil defence industries and the way towards a safer world. The seminar program features international thought leaders to explore cyber security and cyber threats, civil defence and large events security management.
Milipol Qatar 2021 is taking place under the governance of strict health and safety protocols designed to combat the spread of COVID 19.