Abu Dhabi: The UAE is set to double its spending on homeland security from $5.5 billion (Dh20.1 billion) to more than $10 billion in the next 10 years, according to the annual US Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration report.

The report, which was released recently, showed that the UAE spending on airport security is estimated to reach $57.7 million by 2015, with a view to increasing investment in homeland security, economic development and rapid population growth.

The International Exhibition for Security and National Resilience (ISNR) will take place in the capital on April 1-3 to discuss the results of the study extensively.

The three-day event, which will be held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (Adnec), will cover three main themes: homeland security and risk prevention, critical infrastructure security, and information security.

“Homeland security is a top priority for the UAE in light of the social and economic development and growth witnessed by the country,” Dr Obaid Al Kutbi, deputy commander-in-chief of Abu Dhabi Police and chairman of the higher organising committee of the ISNR, said.

“The event is expected to attract 400 exhibitors from more than 25 countries. It will host 15,000 senior security, safety and risk prevention professionals from across the Middle East. This year’s edition will also bring together representatives of government bodies,” he added.

The ISNR event will be preceded by the international conference on security challenges on March 31 at the Armed Forces Officers Club.