UAE to pump $10bn into homeland security
Abu Dhabi, February 16, 2014
The UAE is set to double its spending on homeland security from $5.5 billion to more than $10 billion in the next 10 years, according to a new study.
Meanwhile, the UAE spending on airport security is likely to reach $57.7 million by 2015.
The increased investment on homeland security is aimed at protecting economic development, to curtail regional unrest and the increased complexity of potential threats, stated the US Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration in its 2013-2014 annual report.
The US study on security and safety resources comes ahead of the 2014 International Exhibition for Security and National Resilience (ISNR) in April.
The annual show, which will run from April 1 to 3 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (Adnec), will see experts discuss the results of the US study extensively.
More than 400 exhibitors from more than 25 countries are expected to take part in the show which will cover three main platforms: homeland security and risks prevention; critical infrastructure security; and information security.
It will also be collocated with two new launch events, namely; the Fire and Emergency Middle East (FEME) Exhibition; and the Occupational Safety and Health Middle East (OSH ME).
Major General Staff Dr Obeid Al Kutbi, the deputy commander-in-chief of Abu Dhabi Police and chairman of the Higher Organizing Committee of the ISNR Conference and Exhibition (ISNR Abu Dhabi, 2014), stressed that homeland security is a top priority for the UAE, in light of the social and economic development and growth witnessed by the country.
“The UAE investments in security constantly reflect our quest to overcome the challenges and achieve security and safety for our community and our visitors,” remarked Major General Al Kutbi.
“The 2014 event represents an important opportunity to meet the increasing need to develop sophisticated surveillance programs, and to reduce the risks to our security and our safety," he stated.
It will also provide the perfect platform for Emirati officials to review the best practices and strategies offered by international safety and security experts, he added.
Abu Dhabi expo will play host to 15,000 recognized senior security, safety and risk prevention professionals from across the Middle East, said the organisers.
This year’s edition of ISNR Abu Dhabi will also bring together representatives of government bodies, exhibitors and buyers; offering UAE government decision-makers the opportunity to meet with top security industry professionals and exhibitors, and obtain solutions to meet their specific needs in the area of safety and security under one roof.
The top security event will be preceded by the International Conference on Security Challenges, on March 31 at the Armed Forces Officers Club. The conference will discuss and address emerging global homeland security challenges, and highlight the necessary security-related preventive measures, they added.-TradeArabia News Service