Giving a Voice to the Industry – The Security Middle East Conference

Giving a Voice to the Industry – The Security Middle East Conference

After the outstanding success of the inaugural Security Middle East Conference in May this year, we’re delighted to announce that we’ll be returning in 2024 – with another industry-defining event.

The first-ever Security Middle East Conference – brought to you by the same team at Security Middle East magazine – was born out of the desire to advance the conversations that were happening in the security sector. There has never been a more exciting time to be part of the industry, with technological innovation happening on a daily basis and the need to protect people, places and possessions at an all-time high.

We collaborated with some of Saudi Arabia’s most important security pioneers, as well as global experts, and tasked them with kick-starting vital conversations about the challenges the industry is facing, the future market trends, and how it all slots into place as the region continues to develop at a pace.

The result was a packed day full of debate, discussions and the sharing of ideas and best practice. With a 200-strong audience, this was the opportunity to learn from the greatest thought-leaders in the sector, network with peers and be part of the conversations that could change the security landscape for the better.

Discussions were aligned to Saudi Vision 2030 and covered a broad range of topics, including addressing the talent gap, resiliency in the age of digitisation and securing Vision 2030.

The feedback we received post-event was overwhelmingly positive and pointed to one conclusion – the event needed to be an annual gathering.

Craig Ross, Senior Security Manager at the Diriyah Gate development project, was one of our panellists on the day, and said of the 2023 conference: “Events like the Security Middle East Conference are hugely important in developing our networks and sharing ideas on best practice.”

It was a sentiment that Sami Althowaini, agreed with: “This conference is the perfect platform for industry leaders, experts and enthusiasts to come together and exchange knowledge, ideas and best practices.”

Althowaini is Director of Security, Safety and Transportation at King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Centre and was also on the advisory board for the Conference, helping to ensure that we covered the most pressing and relevant topics on the day and shaping the layout for the event. This year we’ll be working with the same advisory board, who did a stellar job of helping to determine how the first conference looked, felt and sounded. This year, having been heavily involved with the inaugural event, we’ll be working closely with them to further expand the conference.

Although the advisory board remains the same, 2024’s event will see a slew of new speakers and panellists share their knowledge with our audience. We will also have some new sponsors involved with the conference. Already Intelligent Security Systems – ISS and MVP Tech – A Convergint Company have joined us as sponsors and we’ll be bringing you more details on these forward-thinking companies in the coming months.

With Saudi Arabia’s reputation for being at the forefront of development, best practices and innovation and the Kingdom unlocking its huge potential with world-leading giga projects, we will once again be returning to Riyadh for next year’s conference. The day-long event will be held on 14th May 2024 and will include sessions from some of the industry’s brightest minds, and panel discussions focusing on key topics that are impacting the sector.

The day-long event will be held on 14 May 2024 and will include sessions from some of the industry’s brightest minds, and panel discussions focusing on key topics that are impacting the sector.

“We were blown away by the success of the first Security Middle East Conference – the feedback only confirmed to us that there is a real need for this event in the sector and that attendees gained a huge amount by joining us,” commented Mike Dingle, Event Organiser and Co-Publisher of Security Middle East magazine.

“Our plans for 2024 are even more ambitious, we want to ensure that there is a real benefit in attending our conference and that by doing so those working in the security industry can help elevate their own careers. We also want to give a voice to every single person in the sector and by bringing everyone together we can do just that.”

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