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Expo 2020 Dubai to lift region’s event security benchmark
January 8, 2020 40 views
DUBAI — The countdown to Expo 2020 Dubai has begun and with only 10 months to go before the curtain raises on ‘The World’s Greatest Show’, Expo organisers have pledged to make visitor safety a top priority at a mega event set to redefine security benchmarks.
With the world’s eyes due to fall on Dubai for six months starting 20 October 2020, Expo 2020 Dubai will host around 60 live shows averaging more than 15 hours of daily entertainment. As 190 participating countries and an anticipated 25 million visitors ready to descend on the emirate, there is a lot at stake for Dubai and the UAE as it hosts the first World Fair ever to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region.
The organising committee made its stance on safety and security plain from the offset. “We are looking for cutting-edge innovations and the latest technologies that will support the delivery of a safe and secure World Expo,” said an Expo 2020 Dubai spokesperson. And it quickly backed the statement up with a call to small-to-medium enterprises operating in the security sector to help deliver the goal. They were invited to a ‘Meet the Buyer’ event to learn more about Expo 2020’s security requirements and the opportunities for participation, and to pitch their products and services directly to the Expo Team.
And while SMEs were urged to innovate, multinational corporations were encouraged to play a part in ensuring that security would be paramount throughout the event’s Dubai South site, which will have one of the world’s largest installations of smart building technologies.
The regional contingency of Chinese video surveillance giant, Hikvision Middle East, which is now advancing AI-driven and machine learning technologies for super advanced security is also readying to make its presence felt at Expo 2020 Dubai. Its Regional President Binson Xu said the show will set the scene for future security at major events and will headline the entertainment and tourism propositions of the UAE and Saudi Arabia.
In advance of Expo 2020 Dubai, Hikvision Middle East will roll-out new technologies at Intersec, the world’s leading trade fair for security, safety and fire protection, which runs at Dubai World Trade Centre on Jan. 19-21.
With security uppermost on the Expo 2020 infrastructure agenda, an entire segment of the Intersec Future Security Summit, which runs 19 and 20 January alongside the exhibition, has been given over to security in the wake of crowd protection priorities at Expo 2020 Dubai.
With a keynote on security and crowd protection at the Expo 2020 Dubai due to be delivered by Colonel Ali Khalifa Al Ghais, the event’s Senior Vice President Security, the session has attracted a platform of high-profile speakers to outline steps being taken to ensure the world’s greatest show also becomes the world’s safest.
Eng. Arif Aljanahi, Director of Operations & Security Services of the Security Industry Regulatory Agency (SIRA Dubai), will outline SIRA’s site-wide security methodology at Expo 2020 while also serving on a panel discussion to highlight inter-team collaboration being undertaken to achieve optimum safety and security at the event.
Another panel discussion will examine whether the side-line service industries, including hospitality, retail and travel, are prepared for Expo 2020 Dubai. Delegates will be given insights into the management of visitor inflow and safety, the security implications for their own businesses and the steps they need to take to manage heavy consumer traffic. Key insights will be disclosed by Simon Howse, Director of Global Safety and Security, Marriott International and Nikolaos Gkionis, Group HSE & Security Manager, Meraas Holding, UAE.
“Security, success and reputation management go hand-in-hand,” explained Andreas Rex, Show Director at Messe Frankfurt Middle East, which organises Intersec. “The lessons of Expo 2020 Dubai can be learned even before the visitors arrive and will make for a solid foundation for neighboring Gulf countries which are increasingly moving into the international events arena.”
The 22nd edition of Intersec will host more than 1,100 exhibitor from 54 countries, highlighting a comprehensive range of products and services across seven product sections: Commercial Security, Smart Home, Cyber Security, Fire & Rescue, Safety & Health, Homeland Security & Policing and Perimeter & Physical Security. — SG
Report: Mossad Arranged Israel’s Participation in Expo 2020 in Dubai
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Mossad chief Yossi Cohen arranged the participation of an Israeli delegation to Expo 2020, to be hosted starting October 20, 2020 in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, Kan 11 reported Tuesday night. Israel’s name is prominently displayed on the list of participating countries (no. 48).
The contacts between senior UAE officials and the Mossad took place recently, according to the report, and also included technical details regarding the arrival of Israelis in Dubai, and security concerns during their stay. World Expos last a maximum of seven months, according to the rules established by the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) general assembly in Paris, which awarded Dubai the hosting on November 27, 2013.Advertisement
There are no diplomatic ties between Dubai and Israel, and following the Israeli foreign ministry’s announcement of Israel’s participation in the fair, the UAE organizers clarified to Kan 11 that “the invitation to attend the Expo 2020 does not mark a change in relations between the UAE and Israel, on the diplomatic or on any other level.”
The Mossad was blamed for the January 19, 2010, assassination of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, the co-founder of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, in a hotel room in Dubai. Al-Mabhouh had been wanted by the Israeli government for the kidnapping and murder of two Israeli soldiers in 1989 as well as for purchasing arms from Iran for use in Gaza. Mossad never admitted responsibility, but the assassination attracted international attention due to allegations that the Mossad agents were holding fake or fraudulently obtained passports from several European countries and Australia, stolen Israelis with dual citizenship.
The main site of Expo Dubai 2020 will be on 1083 acres located between Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The master plan, designed by the American firm HOK, is organized around a central plaza, Al Wasl, enclosed by three large pavilions which will be built by Al-Futtaim Carillion, each one dedicated to a sub-theme.
Dubai has been emphasizing investments in various sectors such as economic growth, real estate, environmental avenues and public affairs. In recent times, Dubai has made major investments in Real Estate and introduced the world’s largest Solar Power Project which is all set to start by the opening bell of Expo 2020. The initiative Dubai Happiness Agenda features 16 programs under four themes that include 82 projects to be set in the city with an aim to make it city the happiest place on Earth by 2020.
However, reports in the Asian real estate press have suggested that the fact that the Expo 2020 PR machine has been very quiet recently could mean that, like many other projects in Dubai, at least some of the Expo 2020 projects have already been cancelled.