Qatar - Country Commercial Guide
Safety and Security Equipment

This is a best prospect industry sector for this country. Includes a market overview and trade data

Last published date: 2020-11-18

Overview

The safety and security sector offers opportunities to U.S. companies in Qatar and is poised to experience high levels of growth, particularly as related to cybersecurity and the security equipment and technology needed for the upcoming FIFA World Cup in 2022. U.S. exports continue to provide several technologies to the local market such as CCTV surveillance, fire panels, and communication systems. Numerous cyber-attacks over the last decade continue to drive the government’s focus on boosting its offensive and defensive cyber-capabilities. The Ministry of Interior established a Cyber Security Committee to identify and determine the best technological and legal approach to ensure National Security and Cyber Defense. Established in 2006,  Q-CERT (Qatar’s Computer Emergency Response Team) is ranked as one of the leading centers of its kind in the region.

In September 2020, the Qatari Cabinet approved a proposal to establish a dedicated national agency for cybersecurity, underlining its importance. Qatar aims to improve its national cyber defense infrastructure in the face of a growing network warfare threat. This need has become more pressing with the hacking and spread of misinformation during and since the 2017 Gulf Rift, creating several opportunities for U.S. technology firms specialized in the field of cyberwarfare and cyber defense.

Sub-Sector Best Prospects

  • CCTV Surveillance & Access control
  • Asset tracking
  • Chemical trace detection
  • Cybersecurity
  • Forgery/Fraud
  • Integrated security systems, Building management systems
  • Intrusion detection equipment
  • Perimeter protection
  • Protective barriers
  • Sports safety and security
  • Electronic safety and fire detection
  • Communications systems
  • Fire protection equipment and supplies

Opportunities

  • Cybersecurity
  • FIFA World Cup 2022
  • Hamad International Airport Expansion

Web Resources

Communications Regulatory Authority

Ministry of Interior, which includes the Internal Security Force (ISF)

National Information Security Center, or Q-CERT

Ministry of Transportation and Communications

Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, the Qatari entity in charge of FIFA World Cup 2022

 

Contact the Commercial Section of the U.S. Embassy.