Fire Middle East Conference

Fire Middle East Conference

On the 15th of May 2024, in Riyadh, Fire Middle East magazine will host the inaugural Fire Middle East Conference, utilising a network of over 20 years in the making, with input from industry veterans in the form of an advisory board, guidance and backing from fire and safety company sponsorships, and finally the top level of information from thought-leaders from across Saudi Arabia and the wider Middle East region.

We are determined that our conference will be a thought-provoking and informative one with a considered agenda to support the region’s fire professionals in their ambitions. Key themes will be discussed, including sustainability and how the evolution of smart cities is shaping the future of fire-safe communities.

There will be a mix of panel sessions, chaired by experts and keynote speakers who will be sharing their expertise and best practice examples with our audience of C-level decision-makers associated with fire safety and resilience. In addition, leading keynote speakers will join us on the stage for informative sessions.


To deliver exciting product showcases, engaging presentations from various industry experts and extensive networking opportunities. We will address the challenges facing individuals whose daily professional role encompasses the protection of life, property, business and investment from the destructive forces of fire from design concept through to delivery and occupation encompassing:

  • Fire engineering and construction
  • Passive and active fire protection
  • People movement and evacuation
  • Emergency response
  • Accountability
  • Innovation & technology
  • Standards, testing and compliance

The working agenda will allow for ample time devoted to networking and making connections. Keynotes and panel sessions will take place before lunch, freeing up the afternoon for more relaxed and informative networking without time constraints.

Feedback from our inaugural Security event in 2023 advised that participants enjoyed the chance to make new connections and strengthen existing relationships and so for the Fire Conference we will open up this opportunity to make sure we offer an agenda which meets the needs of our delegates.

With our c-suite level audience and representatives from high-profile companies in attendance, we can help to ensure meaningful connections come to fruition and support the advancement of fire protection and prevention in the Middle East region.

Advisory board members include:

  • Mezher Al-Qahtani, CFO, CTR, MBA, Fire Protection Specialist, Saudi Aramco
  • Abdulbaset Alsalafi, National Security Services Company (SAFE)
  • Chris Jelenewicz, PE, FSFPE, Interim Chief Executive Officer, Society of Fire Protection Engineers SFPE
  • Vinay Deshpande, Technical Director at Fire & Life Safety, WSP Middle East Limited
  • Wendy Otway, Editor, Fire Middle East

We are committed to facilitating extensive networking opportunities, more specialised knowledge sharing and opportunities to forge new relationships whilst connecting with past contacts and old colleagues.

We will work with our advisory board to help shape the look and feel of the event, and determine the topics that matter to our audience and the most suitable speakers and panellists.

The venue

We will deliver the Fire Middle East conference at The InterContinental, Riyadh, a prestigious five-star hotel with space to host all of the exciting conference elements planned for our delegates, exhibitors and VIPs.

The central location of this hotel ensures ease of access and its superior facilities – including its modern and spacious function facilities will enable the Fire Middle East Conference to grow year on and ensure we can continue to bring you an exceptional day of knowledge-sharing and networking.

Our guests will have the opportunity to sample the five-star menu at the hotel, while our sponsors and exhibitors will have ample space to meet and greet our delegates and expand on the conference topics in between presentations.

The Saudi Vision 2030 initiative

The Saudi Vision 2030 initiative, first unveiled in 2016 represents Saudi Arabia’s commitment to the diversification of its economy. Several proposed multi-trillion-dollar projects are under development, redefining the country as a tourism haven. Vision 2030 sets out its targets for planned diversification and to improve its competitiveness.

The three key themes are:

  • To create a vibrant society
  • To build a thriving economy
  • To become an ambitious nation

The strategic framework aims to reduce Saudi’s dependence on oil and to develop key public sector services. This includes health, education, infrastructure and tourism.

Several projects have been launched as part of Saudi Vision 2030, including The Red Sea Project, AlUla Vision, Neom, Mall of Saudi and the Renewable Energy Project.

The multi-trillion-dollar project allows for businesses from all sectors to invest and stand out on the world stage, with hundreds of investors worldwide currently flocking to Saudi Arabia.

The value of the Vision 2030 initiative is estimated to be around $1 trillion U.S. dollars. Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund is valued at $700bn, whilst its tourism drive is valued at $800bn.

Headline sponsor Reacton

Innovators in fire suppression technology, Reacton, manufactures safety-critical automatic fire suppression systems for a complete range of assets and industries.

Reacton Fire Suppression seeks to raise the standard of safety in the industry through innovative products verified by third-party sources with appropriate accreditation and certification. Find out more about Reacton and what they are offering the fire suppression market by checking out their full product range at

Why attend?

Attending a conference is a strategic investment in your professional growth and success and can provide a unique platform to connect, learn, and thrive in the fire industry-related disciplines. The Fire Middle East conference offers potential delegates five key reasons to attend:

  • Networking Opportunities
  • Learning and Education
  • Career Advancement
  • Access to Resources and Tools
  • Access to Industry Trends and Forecasts