Join us for SecurMiddleEast

Join us for SecurMiddleEast

The SecurMiddleEast Symposium continues to gain momentum in 2022 as we kick off the new year with another high-profile event.

Following successful events in 2021 we are once again returning to Dubai to host the third edition of the symposium.

Dubai will be a fitting stage for this event as our main topic of conversation will be devoted to the Safe/Smart City initiative in Dubai. With the help of an expert panel of speakers we’ll be exploring the vision, the timings and the technologies being envisaged around the Smart City projects in Dubai which are set to transform the country into the leading example for Smart Cities.

Dubai has already had its place confirmed as one of the smartest cities in the Middle East, by the Smart City Index 2021 from IMD-SUTD. It ranked in 29th position globally, and Dubai has ambitious plans to weave technology into the very fabric of its existence.

Blueprint for transformation

Under the banner Dubai: Blueprint for a New City, the symposium will be taking an expert look at the embryonic and brilliant idea for a further mega city project in Dubai. We’ll be showcasing the plans for digital transformation to support a smarter and safer city with collaboration between security authorities and the government.

When Expo 2020 Dubai opened in October last year it was intended to be a blueprint for future smart cities. The purpose-built site which is twice the size of Monaco, demonstrated how a city’s buildings and facilities can be connected to ensure a seamless, invisible yet highly efficient space that tackles the challenges faced by residents in many cities. When the Expo closes in March this year around 80 per cent of the infrastructure at the site will remain in place forming the centre of a new urban district for the country, known as District 2020.

Lead by example

The SecurMiddleEast events series is delivered inline with key sponsors and brings together world-leading experts to share best practice examples, debate innovation in enterprise security and highlight the future market trends as the region develops its smart city offering at pace. The underlying theme is investment in technology to advance the region and secure its place as a leading smart city example.

The inaugural SecurMiddleEast Symposium took place in Dubai at the JW Marriott Hotel Sheikh Zayed Rd in June 2021. Over the course of the day our leading panel of guest speakers addressed topics including smart cities, critical installations, city surveillance and traffic solutions. Current trends and forecasts were discussed as we aimed to explore in depth the most innovative transformations in the Middle East security industry.

Building on the success of the first event, we then headed to Saudi Arabia for our second in the series. October 2021 saw us pack out the Faisaliah Hotel in Riyadh with an audience drawn from the region’s largest organisations, government and military. On the agenda was Saudi Vision 2030, Smart Cities and securing the borders, as our prestigious panel of speakers tackled the topics that are making waves in the Middle East.

Join us at the Symposium

Now we make our return to Dubai. The forthcoming Dubai symposium will be open to security professionals, leaders and innovators who wish to have the chance to hear from visionary leaders on how the smart city vision is being successfully implemented. It will be held on Thursday March 10 at The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi and will be followed by a networking lunch.

Dubai Plan 2021: smart city initiatives

The Sustainable City: Recognised as the happiest community in the GCC, the Sustainable City is implemented by DubaiLand. A mixed-use township, it runs on and produces its own solar energy, while appliances in the city are equipped with energy-saving appliances. Over 10,000 trees dot the landscape and it’s a car-free space. The first green mortgages in the UAE were issued by HSBC last summer, for clients buying property in The Sustainable City.

Dubai Silicon Oasis: An area of 7.2 sq m is an integrated free zone technology park. The full integrated environment offers space to earn, learn, live and play. Dubai Silicon Oasis was included as one of the five urban centres as part of the larger Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan.

Desert Rose City: A mixed-use scheme, the clever design of this city – in the shape of the desert rose flower – will help reduce electricity consumption. It will also produce 40 per cent of its own renewable energy thanks to a 200 mega watt renewable energy plant and have a waste recycling facility. In the planning stages at present, the 4,000 hectare, AED 30bn project will be home to 160,000 people eventually.