Dubai: For the first time since its conception, IECEx will hold its annual meeting in the Gulf Region. The UAE, represented by the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA), will welcome 150 international experts from 86 countries during the week-long event discussing vital issues and topics related to products and services utilized in Explosive Atmospheres.

The IECEx System is a Standardization and Conformity Assessment System under the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) that aims to facilitate international trade in equipment and services for use in explosive atmospheres, while maintaining the required level of safety.

The meeting, taking place from September 23 to 27, will bring together a crowd of more than 150 international experts and delegates from 86 countries worldwide.  

It is for the first time in the MENA region, hosted by the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology- ESMA.

HE Abdulla Abdul Qader Al Maeeni, ESMA Director General, said the presence of this international elite of experts in the UAE will provide the best possible opportunity globally to announce the dynamics of the UAE at the legislative level.

Present the UAE experience in conformity assessment on electrical devices intended for use in explosive atmospheres.

ESMA represents the UAE as a full member body at the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), with UAE’s interest in mind, will participate in discussions on an international level, regarding vital points and topics related to the Ex Industry (Equipment and Services for use in explosive atmospheres). Al Maeeni said.

Within the week-long event, is an industry meeting organized by ESMA to raise awareness about the local regulation ECASEx and its relation to the international system and best practice IECEx System. Leading experts from the Ex Industry will be speaking during the meeting and will be available for local industry players open discussion.

Al Maeeni said: The UAE plays a leading role in the region and represents a pillar for innovative ideas and visions that promote economic performance. We, in the UAE, are keen to consolidate the UAE’s position globally and achieve the UAE Vision 2021 goals.

Adding further, he said: “The meeting will bring together a global elite of experts to the UAE to this international brainstorming session aimed at encouraging high added-value sectors and develop the business environment. It shall build on the UAE's prestigious international reputation and progress in various fields, especially in infrastructure.”


The Emirates Authority for Standardisation & Metrology (ESMA) is the federal authority accredited by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to practice administrative responsibilities by unifying management, supervision and coordination of standards, metrology, and quality control. The Authority's policy is drawn up by a Board of Directors headed by a Minister, comprising representatives of the relevant federal and local government authorities.

The Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA) established as a financially and administratively independent federal body under Federal Law No. 28 of 2001. The Board of Directors is chaired by Eng. Sultan bin Saeed Al-Mansouri, Minister of Economy. The Authority provides standards, metrology, conformity assessment and accreditation services in accordance with international requirements and practices. The Authority has developed the services and increased the performance to an equivalent international bodies level providing similar Standardization services.

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