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Major boom in Saudi homeland security market

Saudi market for homeland security to become largest in world after US

Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Epoc Messe Frankfurt GmbH
Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Epoc Messe Frankfurt GmbH

The Saudi market for homeland security, forecast to become the largest in the world after the US, is expected to be worth US$97 billion in the 2010-2018 period.

The Kingdom boasts 24 separate agencies and organisations, arranged in a three-tier structure, employing more than 250,000 personnel (a number that is expected to grow by an additional 35,000 over the forecast period).

Areas of major expenditure are the sanitisation of both the Iraq and Yemen borders and the raising of a special force to protect vital oil installations.

“There is an increasing push among countries of the Middle East region to install the latest in security systems, surveillance mechanisms and other countermeasures,” said Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Epoc Messe Frankfurt GmbH, organiser of Intersec Trade Fair and Conference, the international meeting platform for security, safety and protection.

Security fences, thermal scanners, monitoring and surveillance systems, biometric readers and specialised arms and hazard control equipment are high on the agenda as measures are stepped up to protect pipelines, oil and industrial installations and air and sea ports.

Intersec 2011, which will run from January 16 to 18 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, will present the entire spectrum of products and services for the homeland security market.

Among some of the leading exhibitors in this sector are Eastimage, Smiths Detection, Incentive Aviation, Atis, Astrata Group, Streit, Avon Protection, Global Forensics, Zener and Dubai Police.

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