The International Border Management and Technologies Association (IBMATA) is keen to engage with global border agencies and technology suppliers to create safe and secure borders for the future.

Hosting and participating in global conferences and exhibitions is just one of the ways in which IBMATA will engage with border agencies, intergovernmental organisations, non-government organisations, international transportation agencies, ports, airports and technology suppliers.

Each year IBMATA will support two annual conferences and exhibitions in Europe and Asia, Border Management & Technologies Summit, which will bring together leading officials from the public and private sectors to discuss the challenges faced on the regions borders.

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Border Management & Technologies Summit Middle East 2022

Dubai, UAE

14-16 March 2022

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IBMATA are pleased to announce our inaugural Border Management & Technologies Summit Middle East conference and exhibition which will take place in Dubai on the 14th – 16th March 2022.

This international event will bring together leading government officials from across the Middle East, Europe and North America to discuss the latest developments being made to the region’s borders.

The event will focus on a number of key border issues and developments such as biometrics and seamless traveller programmes. Dubai is one of the leading nations who have created a seamless traveller experience for passengers arriving and departing DXB airport. There will also be discussions on the plans of an integrated border management solution for Dubai. With many borders now cautious of health protocols the event will look at how borders are becoming digital and how this is being implemented.

As we aim to give a full perspective of border management systems, we will also have a session dedicated to customs facilitation where once again Dubai are one of the leading nations with the latest technologies and solutions to create ease of shipping goods in and out of Dubai Port to the rest of the world.

The Middle East is also a region that experiences organised cross-border crimes such as smuggling of goods and humans. Our event will hear from regional NGOs and border agencies who are working on enforcement and tracking the organised crime routes.

To be part of our inaugural Border Management & Technologies Summit Middle East conference and exhibition in Dubai on the 14th–16th March 2022 either as a speaker, sponsor, exhibitor or attendee please contact us at

IBMATA are pleased to announce that we will be hosting our Border Management & Technologies Summit Asia conference and exhibition in New Delhi, India on the 4th – 5th October 2018.

In 2009 the Indian Government created the world’s largest biometric ID systems, Aadhaar, which provided all Indian nations with a unique 12-digit identity number to help secure personal information. Since Aadhaar was introduced to India their border security management has evolved rapidly.

This event will explore the emergence of digital identity management, and it’s potential future usage for global border management and immigration programmes.

The Border Management & Technologies Summit Asia conference and exhibition will bring together leading government officials from across central Asia, South-East Asia, Australia and the Middle East to discuss the border security challenges faced in the region and in their respective nations.

India is a unique country that has one of the largest land borders in the world, which borders Pakistan, China, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and Tibet. They also have a large maritime border to monitor which amounts to 50% of their border. This leads to a very dynamic border security force that is managed by many different agencies within the Indian Government.

The event will be chaired by the IBMATA Chairman, Mr Tony Smith, the former Director-General of UK Border Force.

If you are interested in speaking, sponsoring or exhibiting at the event please contact Martyn Hill:  or +44 7792 473246.

Date Description
Monday 19th Sept 2022 Pre Conference Workshop
Tuesday 20th Sept 2022 Day One of Conference and Exhibition
Wednesday 21st Sept 2022 Day Two of Conference and Exhibition

You can download the programme here.

    • Simon Watkin, Team Leader, Border Data Policy, Border Security and Identity Unit, UK Home Office
    • Tony Smith, Chairman, International Border Management and Technologies Association (IBMATA)
    • Kashif Khalid, Regional Director, Africa and Middle East, International Air Transport Association (IATA)
    • Lars Karlsson, Global Head of Trade and Customs Consulting, Maersk
    • Dina Fayad, Regional Project Manager, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
    • William Laidlaw, Training Program Coordinator, Regional Support Office, Bali Process Group
    • Dr. Abdulla Al-Hashimi, Chief of Security, Emirates Group
    • Farnush Anwar, Airport Services Systems Manager, Fly Dubai

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