Global conference to discuss security and countering extremism

25,000 people, including 600 exhibitors, buyers and government officials, are expected to attend the event

Abu Dhabi: Leading international security experts and government officials are set to convene in the capital next week to discuss the latest security measures and technology, and methods to counter terrorism, the Ministry of Interior announced in a statement sent on Wednesday.


The International Exhibition for National Security and Resilience (ISNR 2018) will further bolster the UAE’s efforts to maintain peace and stability through the use of advanced technologies, and the promotion of values like tolerance, moderation and dialogue. It will be organised by the UAE Ministry of Interior and events management firm, Reed Exhibitions, at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre from March 6 to 8.

About 25,000 people, including 600 exhibitors, buyers and government officials, are expected to attend the mega-security event.

The ministry said earlier that this year’s event will showcase the latest developments in artificial intelligence, connected vehicles, smart wearable technologies, unmanned solutions and robotics, virtual and augmented reality, digital forensics, crowd management, and safe city control centres.

It will also include the Future of Policing Forum, led by Abu Dhabi Police and Dubai Police, and be preceded by a two-day conference on March 5 and 6 about countering extremism, entitled the Emirates International Conference for National Security and Resilience.

“In today’s globalising world, the phenomena of violent extremism and terrorism have not only become threats to international peace and development, but have also become increasingly transnational, far-reaching and boundary-less,” the ministry’s statement said.

“The UAE has emerged as one of the key global players in countering extremism, and in this conference, the ministry aims to establish a leading platform for the global community to debate and share knowledge,” it added.

The nearly week-long series of events is expected to enhance collaboration between security forces, solution providers and event organisers.

“The exhibition reflects the ministry’s keenness to keep abreast of modern technologies in various fields of security, and to support UAE’s strategy to employ artificial intelligence,” Major-General Dr Ahmad Nasser Al Raisi, Inspector General at the Ministry of Interior and chairman of the higher organising committee of ISNR Abu Dhabi 2018, has said.

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