Intersec has been rescheduled to take place in January 2022, organizer Messe Frankfurt Middle East confirmed today.
The 23rd edition of the three-day event was originally set to run from Jan. 24-26 in 2021 at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The move to 2022 comes after extensive consultation with key industry stakeholders.
“We’ve spoken to many of our exhibitors, industry trade associations, supporters and partners over the last couple of weeks and have heard first-hand the many challenges they’re facing putting pressure on their ability to participate at Intersec in January 2021,” said Alexandria Robinson, Intersec’s show director. “Moving Intersec to its customary January dates in 2022 at the Dubai World Trade Centre will allow time for recovery.”
Robinson said Intersec will be very active throughout 2021 via its ongoing webinar series, while the team is now working toward creating a virtual event early next year to engage industry leaders, regulators, government agencies and opinion formers.
“We might be restricted physically, but we know there is a definitive need for critical conversations and discussions to address the challenges the industry has faced,” she said. “By hosting these talks via a digital forum it enables us to keep connected to the industry and nurture our existing relationships, whilst sharing solutions and common goals. We’ll share further details and plans about the digital event in the coming weeks.”
Intersec’s free-to-attend webinars series has kept attendees aware of industry trends and opportunities.
“We know we have a vital role to play in connecting and supporting the industry, and the Intersec webinars stimulate meaningful conversations, collaborations and success stories,” Robinson said. “We will continue to run these and support our stakeholders in every way possible until we meet again personally, and safely, at Intersec 2022.”
Intersec in 2020 featured 1,100 exhibitors from 56 countries, while bringing in 33,872 visitors from 135 countries. The global industry event is supported by Dubai Civil Defence, Dubai Police, the Security Industry Regulatory Agency (SIRA), Dubai Police Academy and Dubai Municipality.
“One thing is absolutely certain: our community is resilient and will bounce back,” Robinson said. “It has been involved in many frontline situations throughout the course of this year and it will continue to play a critical role in the months ahead. Throughout 2021 and come January 2022, we’ll have much to share and learn from each other.”
More information is available at www.intersecexpo.com.