Intersec 2018 prepares for big opening

Intersec 2018 prepares for big opening

Intersec, the world’s leading trade fair for security, safety, and fire protection, will open for the 20th time in Dubai on Sunday 21st January, with its double digit annual growth over the last 20 years mirrored by the rapid transformation of the Middle East market. When the doors open at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Intersec 2018 will feature 1,337 exhibitors from 59 countries.  The three-day event will span 60,000sqm of exhibition space across 13 halls, and features 19 of the world’s top 20 commercial security solutions providers.

At the show’s official press conference, analysts Frost & Sullivan (F&S), revealed that in 1998, the Middle East’s homeland and commercial security market combined was worth just US$52.4 million.  Since then, the market has grown at an impressive CAGR of 33 percent, and is currently worth US$12.2 billion, while by 2022, it’ll touch US$25.3 billion.

The steep rise in the regional market is matched by the trade visitor count to Intersec, which in 2018, is expected to be more than 32,000 from 129 countries, compared to just 3,100 in 1999.

They’ll be treated to the latest innovations and solutions across the seven show sections of Commercial Security, Fire & Rescue, Safety & Health, Homeland Security & Policing, Information & Cyber Security, Smart Home & Building Automation, and Physical & Perimeter Security.

Ahmed Pauwels, CEO of Intersec’s organiser Messe Frankfurt Middle East, said: “Twenty years on, Intersec can look back with satisfaction at two decades of substantial growth and achievements, while looking ahead to a future that’s full of promise.”

“As the world’s foremost trade, networking and business development platform for the safety, security and fire protection industries, Intersec will rewrite old records and post a few more milestones in this, its 20th anniversary edition.

“Intersec 2018 also returns with regular popular highlights such as the Safety Design in Buildings Pavilion, Smart Home Pavilion, as well as an Outdoor Demonstration Zone of the latest fire rescue applications.  And of course from the exhibition floor itself, more than 5,000 brands, and dozens of global product launches from the world’s leading solutions providers.”

The UAE is the second largest exhibitor country at Intersec 2018, with 223 exhibitors covering 10,500sqm of exhibition space, a six percent increase over the previous year.

New to the event include Pelco by Schneider Electric, Teleste, Corodex, Dafoos Fire Protection, Siemens, Zener Electronics, the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), Technoalarm, Kidde Fire Protection, Kidde International, and Vicon Industries.

Meanwhile, Intersec’s vast international reach is underlined by 15 country pavilions from Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Korea, Pakistan, Singapore, Taiwan, UK, USA, and for the first time in 2018, Russia.

Added Pauwels: “Intersec’s growth too is underlined by the business success of many exhibitors – 13 of which participated at Intersec 1999, and returning in 2018.  Intersec is held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is also scheduled to open the 20th anniversary edition next week. More information is available at:

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