Under the patronage of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, the 14th edition of the International Event for Internal Security and Civil Defence - Milipol Qatar 2022 - concluded at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre Thursday evening.
The 15th edition of the Milipol Qatar is scheduled for October 29 to 31, 2024, the Ministry of Interior said in a statement.
During a press conference held on the occasion, Maj-Gen Nasser bin Fahd al-Thani, chairman of the Milipol Qatar Committee, said this edition of the expo achieved great success and saw many records. He noted that the total value of deals signed during Milipol Qatar 2022 reached QR592mn while more than 11,500 people visited the expo.
He added that the exhibition was covered by 587 media representatives from different countries of the world while 389 official delegations, including ministers, police leaders and heads of diplomatic missions, attended the opening of the exhibition from a number of brotherly and friendly countries.
"A total of 222 exhibitors from 22 countries across different continents around the world took part in the exhibition, with 60% of the exhibitors participating for the first time. The exhibitors that participated for the first time belonged to eight countries - Australia, Canada, Cyprus, Croatia, Finland, India, The Netherlands and Slovakia," said Maj-Gen al-Thani.
The said the exhibition included pavilions representing France, North America, Germany, Italy and Austria, which participated for the first time as well as individual international participation.
A total of 99 exhibitors from Qatar participated in the event and many exhibitors, most of whom were specialised in the field of cybersecurity, expressed their desire to participate in the next version, which is scheduled for October 29 to 31, 2024.
As Qatar takes advantage of this important security event in securing the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, Maj-Gen al-Thani said security companies were encouraged to showcase their products for the tournament and many of them responded and participated in the expo. Cybersecurity and securing major events have become extremely important for many countries and Qatar is keen to keep up with developments in this regard and is on the right track.
For his part, Francois Jullien, the Milipol Events director, stressed the significance of this major security event in the region in gathering all competent entities in the homeland security and civil defence sectors, and for being a platform that creates fruitful links between them.
He added that the event this year covered the entire spectrum of homeland security and civil defence. Anti-drone technology and firefighting were also strongly represented.
The director of Milipol International Events extended his appreciation for the efforts of the MoI for organising this important event, providing all facilities and support for exhibitors, and creating an appropriate atmosphere for concluding deals and agreements between exhibitors.
Milipol Qatar, which is organised every two years, allows companies to showcase their latest innovations in various security sectors, civil defence, defence solutions and equipment, security and communications technology, rescue and law-enforcement products, communications software and others.
Milipol Qatar, together with Milipol Paris, is a leading international partnership and one of the exhibitions specialising in the provision of security sector services, techniques and innovations, he added.