Expo 2020 Dubai to lift region’s event security benchmarks

Intersec is a leading trade fair for security, safety and fire protection, which runs at Dubai World Trade Centre from Jan 19 to 21.
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Updated 13 January 2020

Expo 2020 Dubai to lift region’s event security benchmarks

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 organizers have pledged to make visitor safety a top priority at a mega event, set to redefine security benchmarks.

Starting Oct. 20, Expo 2020 Dubai will host around 60 live shows averaging more than 15 hours of daily entertainment. With 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 Expo ever to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region.

“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 and medium enterprises operating in the security sector to help deliver the goal.

Multinational corporations were also 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 is also readying to make its presence felt at Expo 2020 Dubai. 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, a trade fair for security, safety and fire protection, which runs at Dubai World Trade Centre from Jan 19 to 21.

“Security, success and reputation management go hand-in-hand,” said Andreas Rex, show director at Messe Frankfurt Middle East, which organizes 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.”


AbbVie spotlights pharma sector at KAU workshop

Updated 20 January 2020

AbbVie spotlights pharma sector at KAU workshop

In partnership with AbbVie, a global biopharmaceutical company, King Abdul Aziz University (KAU) hosted an educational workshop to encourage more of its students to enter pharmaceutical careers after graduation. The workshop offered unique insights into the scientific role of a pharmacist to more than 100 male and female students from the university. 

Dr. Hani Asfour, dean of the College of Pharmacy at KAU, said: “It was a rewarding experience to see our students participate in this workshop for the first time. With the support of AbbVie, our students were able to learn more about the promising careers which await them in the pharmaceutical sector. They are now extremely eager and excited about their future prospects. I look forward to seeing what the future holds for them.” 

Ashraf Daoud, general manager of AbbVie in Saudi Arabia, said: “At AbbVie, we are proud to continue investing in the Saudi national pharmacists of tomorrow. Through our many partnerships with local universities, such as KAU, we are highly dedicated to supporting the Kingdom’s goals, as expressed in Vision 2030, and helping our aspiring Saudi pharmacists in reaching their full potential.” 

The workshop covered topics such as an overview of the pharmaceutical industry landscape, the importance of the medical representative role, key marketing concepts in pharma, as well as tips and advice on how to write a CV and prepare for interviews. Students also had the opportunity to speak to the AbbVie in-field team of pharmacists who answered their career questions and queries.

Khaled Fageha, HR director of AbbVie in Saudi Arabia, said: “As a global pharmaceutical company, there is an ever-growing need to attract the brightest Saudi talent and increase the talent pool of pharmacists. There is so much potential in the Kingdom, which we are always striving to unlock at AbbVie. Through initiatives like this, we are able to equip students across Saudi Arabia with the tools and knowledge to help them thrive in the health care industry, as well as ignite their passion for a career in pharmacy.”

Students said they found the workshop informative. “I’ve always been passionate about a role in pharmacy, but I was a bit unsure about what awaits after graduation. Thanks to this workshop, I was able to hear about the exciting prospects of working at a pharmaceutical company, such as AbbVie. I was able to ask all my questions, and now I am excited to continue working hard so I can begin my journey as a pharmacist,” said Sondos Alkhthlan, a student.

Another student, Nawaf Alharthi said: “This was an engaging workshop which has cemented my interest in becoming a pharmacist after graduating from KAU.”