To meet the growing demand for events health and safety provision within the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, Dubai-based live events company Fruition Events has launched a partnership with consultancy Gallowglass Health and Safety (GGH&S).

“There is a core of respected health and safety individuals operating in the UAE, however there is also a need for an operator with the ability to deploy a larger health and safety team for large- scale events to which the UAE is no stranger, and we are committing to ensure that the core people needed for this operation are on the ground,” said Warren Barlow, managing director of Fruition Events.

The Fruition and GGH&S alliance will offer safety advice. Liaising between clients, venues, authorities and enforcement bodies, they will ensure that both suppliers and organisers are legislation-compliant. In addition to providing a secure and safe environment for spectators, visitors and guests, they will promote and focus on the organiser’s responsibility towards the many people working on-site before, during and after events.

“It’s truly humbling to engage with a team of people who share the same passion and focus for events,” added Barlow. “The team at Gallowglass Health and Safety not only commit to complementing our approach to event delivery, but they also bring to the table access to an extensive and highly experienced team, capable of delivering large-format, world-class events.”

Having a foothold in the Middle East will also add value to GGH&S’ existing client and event portfolio, which includes: IOC Winter and Olympic Games, London, Rio de Janeiro and PyeongChang; The Rugby World Cup; UEFA Champions League Final and America’s Cup World Series.

Steve Kearney, managing partner of GGH&S said: “I am delighted to be working with Warren and the team at Fruition Events as we grow collectively in the region.

“Because all our advisors have an events industry background, with most of them rising through the ranks of our sister company, Gallowglass Crewing, their diversity of experience enables them to put 100 per cent into supporting our clients’ needs, rather than conducting a box-ticking exercise for legislation compliance. I’m confident that we can not only bring further skills to the ever-buoyant Middle East market, but play a part in up-skilling the local population as we expand our client base in the region.”