Keeping it safe and secure

With less than four weeks to go until the Middle East's largest security, fire and safety and health exhibition 'Intersec' FM Middle East previews the event for the FM industry.

Intersec 2007 will see larger visitor and exhibitor numbers
Intersec 2007 will see larger visitor and exhibitor numbers

With the increased global focus on security, anti-terrorism and border control and the regions continuous rise in construction, infrastructure and tourism, Intersec is set to wow FM professionals with its conferences, products, contacts and exhibitors.

Intersec is broken down into four specialised areas, making it easier for visitors to seek out the people they want to speak to and see:

  • Commercial Security Middle East;

  •  Fire Middle East;
  •  Safety & Health Middle East;
  •  Police & Homeland Security.

The event is a must for any FM professional wanting to know more about any of the four key areas and mingle with key international industry figures.

Security, fire and health and safety experts from all over the world will gather in Dubai later on this month to attend the exhibition. It will be used as a platform for companies and experts to launch new products, ideas and designs in each field.

IOSH makes its mark

On day three of the exhibition, The Institute of Occupational Safety & Health will hold its first Middle East conference. IOSH Middle East was launched in 2006 and has around 200 members in the region.

Lisa Fowlie, president of IOSH in London, will officially open IOSH Middle East and the conference which is titled 'Health & Safety means business'.

According to safety officers and consultants, language barriers in the region are a huge concern due to them being a main cause of obstruction when trying to communicate with staff. This is an area that will be addressed at Intersec with discussion turning to training and a health and safety standard code of practice being implemented.

Chris Hudson, exhibitions director of Messe Frankfurt, organisers of Intersec, explains that the health and safety conference will revolve around adopting and implementing regulations. "It appears that many contractors operating in the region use the UK's health and safety standards as a benchmark, but until these are effectively implemented, their origin is largely academic."

Apparently, what needs to be done is for companies and regulators such as local municipalities to work out an appropriate code of practice and implement it. "I believe Intersec will be a catalyst for this process of change," states Hudson.

The event will be opened by the Commander in Chief of Dubai Police and followed by a presentation from Brigadier Rashid Al Matrooshi, head of Dubai Civil Defence.

"Safety measures have developed a lot during the past five years and a number of legislations have been issued which make it mandatory for buildings/economic establishment owners and users, to implement the international safety requirement required in the UAE," explained Al Matrooshi.


Over the past eight years $277 billion has been allocated to defence and security in the GCC and the projected growth of the security systems and equipment market, especially for safety, within the UAE is estimated to be 25% a year over the next five years.

"With the Middle East being put in the spotlight for many reasons, it's important for the region to address important issues like security and health and safety.

"Intersec will help people get up to date on the latest products available in the market, trends and issues concerning the Middle East and will be used as a starting point to help drive the four key subject areas of the show to the forefront and tackle them in way that is suitable for all," explains Hudson.

Intersec will also offer a networking environment for industry trade visitors, professionals and decision-makers.

It is predicted that the three day events will attract more than 16,000 specialist visitors, delegates and government officials will attend the three day event.

"The event has grown by more than 50% in less than a year and we expect to have more than 600 exhibitors from over 50 difference countries," says Hudson.

"One of the most substantial aspects of Intersec 2007 is the comprehensive conference program featuring 44 experts drawn from all four corners of the world."

FM Middle East has provided an extensive conference program on page 42 where FMs will find many relevant topics of discussion.

Key areas for FMs to focus on include:

  • 'Modern fire safety aspects of the 21st century building design - Dr. Francis Duffy, CBE - Past President of the Royal Institute of British Architects/Architects Councils of Europe;
  • 'What's in for me? How business can benefit from making safety the highest priority in their organization - Geoff Taylor chief executive officer, Dubai Dry Docks;
  • 'Occupational Safety and Health in Bahrain. Implementation of HSEMS; Case Study - Alawi Shubber, managing director, Occupational Safety and Health Center of Bahrain;
  • 'Risk assessments and evacuation procedures - Kevin Murray divisional officer, Washington Hall International Training Centre, UK.

For those who prefer to see a bit of action, Dubai Civil defence will be giving practical demonstrations of some of their emergency procedures. Including, how the department uses helicopters as a primary means of logistics in dealing with fires and other emergency situations such as rescuing casualties from road traffic accidents.

In Zabeel Hall, Petzl will be hanging ropes from the ceiling to demonstrate the latest rescue, rappelling techniques.

Show details

Dates and times:

21 - 23 January 2007

10:00am - 7:00pm


Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Dubai

For more information on Intersec, please visit

Why visit Intersec?

• Intersec is the region’s primary networking event, where you can meet other industry experts, see the latest product developments and hear from 43 global leaders in the fields of commercial security – police – fire – safety & health.

• Over 600 companies from 49 countries will be heading to Dubai to show their latest innovations and services.

• Four distinct areas at the show mean finding the right product and the right supplier is easier.

• Intersec is supported by Dubai Police and Dubai Civil Defence to ensure that it remains relevant to the needs of the industry

• IOSH, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, will hold their first Middle East Conference alongside Intersec in 2007

• Outside demonstration areas will showcase the latest techniques and products in action

• There will be literally thousands of the latest products, services and innovations on display

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