MoI to Host International National Security Exhibition in October 2014
The tenth edition of Milipol Qatar will once again be the leading showcase in the Arab world for equipment, technology solutions and innovations for professionals in the internal State security sector from 20 to 22 October 2014 at the Doha Exhibition Center.
Organised by the Ministry of Interior in partnership with Comexposium Security from Paris, Milipol Qatar has, since its inception in 1996, established itself as the main platform for Qatar and the region for internal security requirements due to the professionalism and quality of exhibitors and visitors.
It also provides Qatar-based internal security professionals and suppliers access to latest industry techniques, technology and procedures, security markets in the region and international product and service providers to meet a fast-developing environment that offers medium to long-term economic and strategic projects.
Milipol Qatar 2014: The Showcase for the latest innovations for internal security
Due to an ambitious plan to develop its infrastructure, Qatar is one of the leading countries to be interested in the products the exhibitors have on offer. During the 2012 event, the Ministry of Interior announced the signature of several contracts worth a total of €53 million. The outlook for the country’s development brings about new needs in the areas of security related to tourism and crowd management, urban and air transport as well as, naturally, everything concerning security forces.
The 2022 World Cup:
The attribution of the 2022 FIFA World Cup to Qatar will see this major internationally renowned sporting event held in an Arab country for the first time. Qatar is planning to build or completely refurbish 12 stadiums to host this competition, each with a capacity of 43,000 to 86,000 seats.
The railway network:
For visitor transport, Qatar has instigated several urban transport projects, including a 212 km railway network with 89 stations serving Doha and the neighbouring towns – without forgetting a second 490 km railway system carrying freight and passengers to more distant towns. To this must be added a plan to build a 10 km underground subway system with 19 stations serving the West Bay area and interconnected with the local railway. Lusail City will also get an urban network 28 km long with 36 stations.
All these various projects will come to fruition between 2016 and 2022 and so will be operational in time for the World Cup, with full care for the security of the passengers, with access control, video surveillance, availability of first aid, infrastructure protection etc.
The air and marine transportation:
In addition to Doha’s new international airport – and which will be one of the biggest in the world with a capacity of over 90 million passengers a year – Qatar is planning to open a new commercial port by 2030, with an annual capacity to handle over 6 million containers. This port will be connected to the country’s railway infrastructure. Here too, new needs will be created for security of infrastructure, container inspection and surveillance. In the maritime area, Qatar is also planning to build a new Naval Forces Base, to be situated near the new port of Doha. This base will serve as the headquarters of the QENF Special forces and the QENF training school. Covering a surface of 4.5 sq km, it will have a capacity for 40 vessels from the QENF or visiting naval forces and will also have its own helicopter airfield. Finally, the Ministry of Interior has itself instigated a number of projects to modernise infrastructure and equipment. It has launched several programs to secure data exchange in the country, particularly via the Wireless System Program and the Optic Fiber Project.
Information and Communications Technology:
The Wireless System Program intends to provide policing with sophisticated communication devices to help them in sending or receiving audiovisual information regarding security cases incidents (through a secured fixed or mobile network). The Optic Fiber Project aims at linking all Ministry of Interior departments with efficient and secured broadband communication networks. The Ministry of Interior also wants to play a leading role in adopting new security systems, whether computer security (Information Security Program) or the video surveillance of the road arteries (Security Surveillance Cameras Project). The stakes linked to border security, particularly the coasts, and the modernisation of the Borders Passports Department should not be forgotten. In the end, all these ambitious and varied projects will enable Qatar to continue its development, implementing technology and material that is the best adapted for internal security that will be on show at Milipol Qatar 2014.
For more information, visit Milipol Qatar’s website.