AFTER A SUCCESSFUL EDITION DEDICATED TO INNOVATION, DUBAI’S MEGA CONSTRUCTION EVENT ANNOUNCES A GRAND 40TH ANNIVERSARY IN 2019

AFTER A SUCCESSFUL EDITION DEDICATED TO INNOVATION, DUBAI’S MEGA CONSTRUCTION EVENT ANNOUNCES A GRAND 40TH ANNIVERSARY IN 2019

  • On its 39th edition, The Big 5 platform was marked by the return of Middle East Concrete and The Big 5 Heavy, the launch of the new HVAC R Expo and Urban Design & Landscaping Expo, and the second edition of The Big 5 Solar.
  • The Big 5 2018 welcomed 60,000 participants at The Dubai World Trade Centre from 26 to 29 November.
  • The largest construction event in the Middle East will return at the Dubai World Trade Centre from 25 to 28 November 2019 to celebrate its 40th anniversary.

Officially inaugurated by Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance and Industry of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), on November 26, The Big 5 2018 brought the future of construction to the Dubai World Trade Centre.

The 39th edition of the largest construction event in the Middle East was marked by the return to The Big 5 platform of the popular Middle East Concrete (MEC) and The Big 5 Heavy exhibitions, as well as by the launch of two brand new shows alongside the second edition of The Big 5 Solar:  HVAC R Expo, dedicated to the HVAC R industry, and the Urban Design & Landscaping Expo (UDLE), the region’s only event dedicated to landscaping, infrastructure and urban development.

In total, over 2,500 global exhibiting companies and more than 30 official country pavilions displayed thousands of innovative products this year at the mega construction event. The broad international participation demonstrated a growing interest in the expanding GCC market, where over 23,000 projects are currently under construction and worth more than USD 2.3 trillion, according to The Big 5’s Intelligence Partner, BNC Network.

High-profile conferences took place throughout the four show days, including The Big 5’s FutureTech Construction Summit featuring speakers from Virgin Hyperloop One and Microsoft among others, and The Big 5 Solar’s Global Solar Leaders’ Summit under the patronage of the UAE Ministry of Energy & Industry.   

Moreover, at The Big 5 Heavy, The Roads and Transport Authority, Dubai (RTA) and the British Standards Institution (BSI) awarded BIM standard certification to major clients at the RTA Innovation in BIM Summit, while a “How To Do Business Seminar” organised in partnership with Dubai South Business Park provided business intelligence to both exhibitors and visitors at the Big 5.

The event also saw the successful introduction of the first Women in Construction Seminar & Awards in association with Mott MacDonald, which addressed the challenges that women face in terms of equal opportunities in the sector.

The education agenda was further complemented by over 100 CPD-certified and free to attend workshops, including The Big 5’s Design Talks, Architecture Talks, Project Management Talks, and BIM Talks, the HVACR Talks, The Big 5 Solar Talks, the Commercial and Autonomous Vehicles Workshops, the Geotechnical & Engineering Conference, the Tunneling in Construction Workshop and the Concrete Essentials Seminar Series.

Additionally, the brand new Big 5’s Live innovation Zone and Start-Up City hosted the most promising building solutions and 14 start-ups from around the world to promote innovation and a technological push in today’s construction industry. Here, WakeCap, the IoT-based enterprise solution aimed at improving safety and productivity at the construction site, was awarded a prize worth USD 25,000 by a panel of experts through The Big 5’s Start-up City Pitch Competition on November 28.

The Big 5 welcomed close to 60,000 participants in 2018. The next edition of the event will return to celebrate its 40th anniversary from 25 to 28 November 2019, to at the Dubai World Trade Centre. To know more, visit www.thebig5.ae.

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Jessica Scopacasa
Jessica Scopacasa Senior Public Relations Manager at dmg events
About The Big 5

25 - 28 November 2019, Dubai World Trade Centre

The Big 5 is the region’s largest and most influential event for the construction industry.

Since 1979, the event has launched hundreds of thousands of products boosting the expansion of the Middle East and African markets. It has facilitated partnerships, advanced knowledge and industry best practices, while serving as the gateway for international companies to access the region.

Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, the event is set to support construction companies through a shifting economic landscape, boost business, launch the latest building solutions, educate industry professionals, and foster best practices championing technological innovation. 

For the first time, The Big 5 covers the full construction cycle. Not only does it showcase products across six dedicated product sectors: MEP services, Building Interiors & Finishes, Building Envelope & Special Construction, Construction Tools & Building Materials, Construction Technology & Innovation, and the all new Offsite & Modular Construction.

It also runs alongside six specialised events enabling industry professionals to source products from around the globe for every stage of the construction projects: The Big 5 Heavy, Middle East Concrete, HVAC R Expo, Middle East Stone, The Big 5 Solar, and the Urban Design & Landscape Expo.

Beyond bringing to Dubai over 20,000 innovative building solutions to over 68,000 expected visitors, the seven co-located events provide more than 220 complimentary high-level summits, practical seminars, and CPD-certified workshops to foster collaboration, support best practices, and provide effective solutions to today’s industry challenges.

In order to promote technological innovation in the construction sector, the event also features The Big 5’s Start-Up City, the Live Innovation Zone, and the FutureTech Construction Summit, among others.

The Big 5 is organised by dmg events and is free to attend for all pre-registered visitors. Free online registration closes on 24 November 2019; 200 AED entrance fee will be charged to non-registered visitors.

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To know more, visit www.thebig5.ae


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