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Milipol Qatar celebrates 20-Year Anniversary

The Ministry of Interior of Qatar alone generated 11 contracts for an amount of QR 260,050 million
The Milipol Qatar 2016, the 11th edition of Doha’s biannual event dedicated to homeland security in the Middle East, marked its 20-year anniversary. 
The recently held event was opened by HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani, and graced by the visit of its patron  His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, the Emir of the State of Qatar. 
Organised by the Ministry of Interior of the State of Qatar in partnership with the French-based Comexposium Security, the 11th edition attracted 6,538 visitors from 103 countries,  of which 35 countries were officially represented by 246 official delegates - an increase of more than 68 percent compared to the last edition.
Furthermore, the event’s 230 exhibitors, representing 35 countries, included eight new country entrants, including Algeria, Belize, Cyprus, Jordan, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Pakistan and Uganda. 
The Qatar contingent represented a large section of the exhibition floor with 54 companies exhibiting. Among international pavilions, the French pavilion showcased 23 French companies, while China, Germany, North America and the UK had a similar presentation.
“This year’s event was again a very successful Milipol Qatar edition. Exhibitors and visitors alike expressed positive feedback following the 11th occurrence and affirmed its position as the most influential trade exhibition dedicated to homeland security in the region,” said Muriel Kafantaris, Exhibition Director – Milipol Qatar 2016.
A key feature at Milipol Qatar 2016 was the introduction of a dedicated zone for Civil Defence, which saw a number of global and regional exhibitors showcasing products and developments within the sector. 
The prime position zone was complemented by the Ministry of Interior of the State of Qatar’s stand, which also allocated a portion of its own stand to civil defence. 
When Milipol Qatar returns in 2018, the show floor will incorporate the existing Civil Defence Exhibition & Conference. The two events have merged to become the region’s homeland security and civil defence sectors leading event.
The new addition was also the event’s inaugural seminar programme which sparked constructive discussions among leading industry personalities. The second and final day of the seminar focused on “Critical Infrastructure Protection – Cyber Threat Intelligence”.
The show’s Main Official Sponsor was Adbullah Abdulghani & Bros. Co., while the event’s Diamond Sponsors were Qatar Petroleum, Saleh Al Hamad Al Mana Co., and Qatar Diar. 
The Platinum Sponsor was Qatar Tourism Authority, Silver Sponsors included Watar Rail, Ineo Homeland Security, and Naffco, and the Bronze Sponsor was Nexter. In addition, the event’s Official Carrier was Qatar Airways, its Official Forwarder was Milaha, and its Official Hotel was Sheraton Grand Doha Hotel. Other Official Sponsors included Ooredoo, Hemaya Security and Alhazm. 
MoI Qatar’s 11 contracts worth QR 260.05mn 
The Milipol Qatar committee announced the details of the 11 contracts signed by the Ministry of Interior of Qatar, worth a total of QR 260.050mn.
Airbus Defence & Space, De La Rue, GET Group, Safran Identity & Security, Abdullah Abdulghani & Bros, Saleh Hamad Al Mana and Gulf Business Machinas were among the exhibitors who won contracts. 
Airbus Defence & Space bagged the contract worth QR 11.5mn for the maintenance, support and up gradation of the TETRA system and the  De La Rue Int.  LTD gained a contract worth QR 22.250mn for supplying travel documents printers. 
 The third contract was bagged by GET Group for the maintenance of residency printers and their consumables worth QR 10mn, while the fourth contract worth QR 7.8mn was gained by  Safran Identity & Security for the renovation of the finger printing system and expansion of finger printing database devices.  
The fifth contract was for Abdullah Abdul Ghani & Bros. Co. for the Supply of 120 Different Toyota Cars worth QR 25.4mn and the sixth contract was  awarded to  Saleh Hamad Al Mana Co. for the Supply of 30 Different Nissan Cars worth QR 6.7mn.
The seventh contract went to Gulf Business MaCHINAs (GBM) for the licenses for operating programmes and the development of the central systems of information systems of the Ministry of Interior  worth QR 21.7mn, while the TELCO International gained the eighth contract worth QR 7.8mn for the maintenance and data collection for traffic Radar Devices. 
The ninth, tenth and eleventh contracts were awarded to Al Tanmiyah for the maintenance and data collection for traffic Radar Devices for QR 4.4mn, Sail Labs Technology of Austria for Comprehensive Media Monitoring Systems worth QR 2.5mn and Ares Beskitas of Turkey for the addition of equipment and weapons for boats worth 140 Million QAR respectively.  
Among major exhibitors were 28 key international companies which showcased 42 innovative products, ranging from explosive detection and forensics to analysis software and surveillance equipment
Many new product launches gained significant interest during the three-day event, including the high caliber representation of all sectors of Homeland Security, from explosive detection and forensics to analysis software and surveillance equipment.
“Attracting thousands of industry experts and key figures in the world of Homeland Security, Milipol Qatar has become a must attend event in the calendar. During its 20 year-history, the exhibition has celebrated numerous product launches, and it was an honour this year to see so many new and innovative examples showcased on this prestigious stage,” Muriel Kafantaris, Exhibition Director, Milipol Network said.
Industrial Scientific launched a new standalone multi-gas area monitor designed for all-weather purposes that can be used in industrial workplaces and hazardous applications.
Experts in security solutions and crisis management, IREMOS, launched two products. The first from the French company IREMOS Communication, a collaborative platform allowing crisis response teams to access a common logbook, situation reports, as well as all crisis documents and procedures, in real time, regardless of their location on any device. Its second launch is IREMOS Solution, designed to improve the preparation, management and coordination of different services and actors, internal and external, involved in the event of a terrorist attack.
Leader Healthcare unveiled its next generation integrated portable intensive care unit (ICU). Moves SLC combines an 02 concentrator, a unique O2 saving ventilator, a suction system, and a complete vital signs monitoring module into a single, compact, portable system. It is said to reduce the weight and size of current transport systems by over 50 percent.
In the field of health and safety, South Korean-OTOS launched a new style of safety glasses, which it claims will protect eyes from flying objects in addition to hazardous ultra violet rays. The sports-style protective glasses provide shaded lenses for sun glare, a forehead cushion to increase anti-fog performance, as well as a side-arm inclination.
Distributor Qatar Development and Trading Co. (QDT) promoted two new target products, with the first being a portable targeting system that can be used for indoor and outdoor shooting trainings. The Fulcrum Target System (FTS), which was developed by an ex-military personnel in 2007, can be programmed and triggered by multiple devices allowing target movements in different directions. The second product showcased was the TARGABOT Target System that can be programmed by computer and move up & down, 180° rotational or a combination of both functions, with built-in sequence patterns.
French-based Cegelec Défense  revealed the design of its Mobile Surgical Hospital (MSH) ahead of its launch in January 2017. This aims to mitigating the logistics, storage and transportation constraints through the use of expandable and modular shelters integrating critical medical functions to address the full spectrum of medical support requirements.
“Milipol Qatar 2016 is a strategic event for Thales Group, and now in its 11th edition, we were proud to participate in the event once again,” said Christophe Lanovsky, Country Director of Thales in Qatar. “This year, we focused on showcasing a number of innovative solutions in the Security, Smart Cities, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection markets.”
Other major exhibitors who showcased recently launched products include Bertin Technologies, Hytera Communications Corporation Limited, Newcon Optik and Nuctech Company Limited.  
 The 12th edition of Milipol Qatar will be held in October 2018.
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