Overview of the Middle East Drones Market 2020-2026


Why MENA Drones and Counter Drones Digi-Conference?

With the continued advancement of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technologies and new and innovative applications tested and rolled out almost daily, UAVs are becoming an integral part, and a new way of operations in many industries. UAVs have proven to improve efficiency in applications such as inspection, monitoring and surveillance, emergency response, agriculture and in delivery and transport of materials, goods, and people and its adoption have been noticeably rising during the current pandemic.

On the other hand, the misuse of UAVs present a new threat to national security and governments are continuously developing new national counter drone systems to negate the use of UAVs in attacks against national security and critical infrastructure.

In lights of this, the MENA Drones and Counter Drones Digi-Conference will serve as the region’s premier event highlighting the latest developments in regulations, applications, and counter strategies pertaining to this rapidly developing industry. The program focuses on bringing a mix of leading regional and international case studies from across various sectors.

Event in Numbers

 
150+

Attendees

global-network
5

International Use Cases from leading global firms

15+

Countries represented

Speakers and advisors


Eng. Ruba Fayez Abdelal
Innovative and Self-Driving Transport Project Manager,
Roads and Transport Authority, Dubai
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Pejman Ghorbani
Senior Product Manager,
Advance Media Trading


Tarek Nizameddin
Senior Executive Director,
Ejadah Asset Management Group
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Kay Wackwitz
CEO & Founder,
Drone Industry Insights
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Anthony DeMolina
Chief Executive Officer,
Tactical Drone Concepts
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Richard Fields
UAS Program Coordinator & Administrative Section Chief,
Los Angeles Fire Department
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Kevin Wippermann
IT Director,
Port of Duqm Company SAOC
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Eng. Sami I. Sarhan
Head, SME Innovation Services,
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
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Donald Berchoff
Chief Executive Officer,
TruWeather Solutions
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Christian Smallwood
Senior Structural Engineer,
BuroHappold Engineering
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Ayhan Kamil
Chief Commercial Officer,
Exponent Technology Services
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Top Reasons to Attend

Understand how to monetize UAV applications

Transfer knowledge between government and private sector on the use of UAVs

Learn how to safeguard critical infrastructure with Counter Unmanned Aerial System (C-UAS)

Explore the potential of UAS applications in your sector


 

Stay up to date with latest international UAS solutions and developments

Expand your network by meeting over 150 peers and industry experts in the comfort of your home or office

Who will Attend?

 

Conference Format


Conference Program

Gulf Standard Time (GMT +4) Conference Program
10:00 Welcome Remarks from Great Minds Group
10:10 Global and regional drone industry insights
  • Kay Wackwitz, CEO & Founder, Drone Industry Insights
10:25 Unmanned Traffic Management: Unlocking the Drone Future 
  • What does UTM 1.0 look like
  • BVLOS & Tactical Deconfliction - unlocking the future of drones

Ayhan Kamil, Chief Commercial Officer, Exponent Technology Services
2 mins Info-clip

A short video segment showcasing latest UAV innovations and technologies
10:45 TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION CASE STUDY SESSION:
*This session will highlight key emerging innovations in drones, counter drones, and UAS. The session consists of three (10 minutes) back-to-back presentations from experts in the industry who will provide insights on the successful application of a variety of innovations and case-studies.
  • Advancement of inspection and monitoring with UAV applications: How UAVs are changing the game?
  • Use of UAVs in rescue and emergency response operations
  • UAVs and law enforcement: From traffic police to border and coastal protection: How UAVs are changing the law enforcement industry
  • Latest trails and applications unmanned air mobility and delivery
  • The latest discoveries using UAV assisted surveying and mapping
  • Anti-drone and counter-drone strategies, policies, and technologies

Moderator: TBC
Industry insight 1: Case Study: Building a Large Urban Public Safety Drone Program, Examining the LAPD sUAS program
  • Anthony DeMolina, Chief Executive Officer, Tactical Drone Concepts

Industry insight 2:
  • Pejman Ghorbani, Senior Product Manager, Advance Media Trading
Industry insight 3:
  • Richard Fields, UAS Program Coordinator & Administrative Section Chief, Los Angeles Fire Department

Industry insight 4: DRONES IN ENGINEERING FROM CRADLE TO GRAVE: their application in design, construction, maintenance and demolition of buildings.
  • Christian Smallwood, Senior Structural Engineer, BuroHappold Engineering

Industry insight 5:
  • Donald Berchoff, Chief Executive Officer, TruWeather Solutions

Industry insight 6:
  • Kevin Wippermann, IT Director, Port of Duqm Company SAOC

Q&A With the presenters
12:00 Panel discussion: What are the commercial applications of UAVs in the MENA region?
  • Examples of implementations and technology adoption in the MENA region
  • What challenges they solve, and how are they beneficial?
  • How have these applications evolved over the recent past?

Panelists:
  • Tarek Nizameddin, Senior Executive Director, Ejadah Asset Management Group
  • Christian Smallwood, Senior Structural Engineer, BuroHappold Engineering
12:40 Live demonstration
12:55 Cross-industry panel discussion: The future of drone applications in the MENA region and how to monetise it?
  • What are the key industries in the MENA that will adopt drone technology rapidly in the next 2 years?
  • What is the ground reality? And what is needed to create an ecosystem that encourages the adoption of drones across functions?
  • Where are we in terms of adoption and application?
  • What are the gaps in the value chain? 
  • What is the future and how can we be better prepared for the unseen future?

Moderator:
  • Ayhan Kamil, Chief Commercial Officer, Exponent Technology Services
Panelists:
  • Eng. Ruba Fayez Abdelal, Innovative and Self-Driving Transport Project Manager, Roads and Transport Authority, Dubai
  • Kevin Wippermann, IT Director, Port of Duqm Company SAOC
  • Eng. Sami I. Sarhan, Head, SME Innovation Services, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
13:35 Closing remarks and end of Conference

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