DUBAI-- The General Department of Organisations Protective Security and Emergency, OPSE � Events Security Committee, ESC, represented by Brigadier Abdullah Ali Al Ghaithi, Director of the General Department of OPSE at Dubai Police and Chairman of ESC, has hosted a roundtable discussion at the inaugural edition of the two-day Major Events Safety & Security Summit, ME3S 2017, organised by Reed Exhibitions in collaboration with Major Events International, MEI.

During the 45-minute Dubai Police / Expo 2020 roundtable, Brigadier Al Ghaithi, reassured participants of the importance of multi-dimensional collaboration.

He said, "The human dimension alone is not enough, however, in combination with artificial intelligence, AI, it has the potential to strategically improve resources. Moreover, enabling integrated communication between neighboring countries and other parties would enhance safety and security at major events. An open discussion amongst solution providers and security forces is the only way to improve preparedness."

ME3S, at the Sofitel Dubai Palm Resort from 25th to 27th April, is the first of its kind 'community experience' summit that addresses safety and security challenges specific to major events and places of high crowd density.

Addressing attendees during her opening remarks, Meline Eolmezian-Soulie, Group Exhibition Director of the Security and Safety Portfolio at Reed Exhibitions, said, "I take this opportunity to thank you all for attending the inaugural edition of Major Events Safety and Security Summit, the first of its kind in the region."

She added, "The UAE is definitely the right home for such summits. This nation enjoys events such as Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Abu Dhabi Tour, World Government Summit and many more. With upcoming major events such as the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games and EXPO 2020, the need for platforms like ME3S is crucial. International experts and regional stakeholders have convened to debate the specs for the GCC market and develop a set of recommendations to strengthen security and safety at major events."

The first day of the summit featured an international VIP panel chaired by Dennis Mills, Chief Executive at MEI. Panelists included Danny Baade, Head of Security at Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, Bruno Marx, Vice President of Event Health and Safety at International Live Association Middle East, and Peter Ashwin, Associate at MEI. As part of the session, speakers identified three takeaways to advance security and safety at major events � working within a structured framework, employing integration amongst all relevant parties and adopting quality assurance.

The panelists stressed the importance of organisations coming together and discussing risk integration, specifically roles and responsibilities. Concurring that the footprint of major events is significant and often involves international destinations, ports of entry and the venue itself, the panel confirmed that with a structured framework, a solid integration mechanism in place and quality control at every stage, security and safety tasks during major events could be strengthened to a large extent.

Day two of ME3S 2017 will comprise a series of discussions, panels, lectures, roundtables and one-to-one meetings. Themes include the importance of accreditation, role of manned security and crowd management, human dimension and regulation compliance, quality assurance, the region's vulnerabilities, future unpredictable threats, as well as a case study on EXPO 2015 and big data analytics.

Source: Emirates News Agency