• A proposed 545 smart initiatives and services will push Dubai to become a leading smart city by 2021.
  • The Big 5 returns from the 26 to 29 Nov at Dubai World Trade Centre alongside the newly co-located Big 5 Solar.

Dubai government have created a roadmap that spreads 545 smart initiatives and services across eight government entities and two smart districts. The infrastructure of this roadmap alone is estimated to cost 8USD billion.

According to the BNC Smart City report commissioned by The Big 5, the largest and most influential construction event in the region, the first wave isof initiatives are focused on connection and technological infrastructure; such as Smart Governance.

The second wave of initiatives and services will be geared towards Smart Living - providing monumental opportunities for investment in the construction sector.

There are approximately 185 proposed projects in the transport sector holding an estimated value of USD 32bn. These include rail ventures, marine plans, and aviation projects.

Josine Heijmans, Exhibition Portfolio Director for The Big 5, observes that awareness of a transforming city should be generated to those in the construction business should be made aware of their vital role towards building a smart city.

“The Dubai Smart City plans are aiming to improve the mobility and access points in Dubai” she notes, “and they will continue to rely on the construction sector as they progress, revealing the important role the industry will play in building the near future of the Emirate.”

The BNC report further details that real estate projects address the environmental agenda of smart cities, for example the Desert Rose Housing Project which will see 20,000 plots using solar panels to produce 200 megawatts of electricity.

In order to supply the peaking demand for sustainable building solutions, the organisers of The Big 5 are launching the co-located Big 5 Solar.

Running from the 26 – 29 November at the Dubai World Trade Center, the two shows will showcase the innovative products and solutions that will take Smart Dubai to its 2021 deadline.

The Big 5 product sectors include: MEP services, Building Interiors & Finishes, Building Envelope Special Construction, Construction Tools & Building Materials, and Construct ion Technology & Innovation.

The Big 5 Solar features technologies from leading PV manufacturing countries and is set to become the premier event for solar industry professionals. The Global Solar Leaders’ Summit and the free to attend Solar Talks exploring the present and future of solar technologies in the region complement the exhibition’s offering.

Last year’s edition of The Big 5 was the largest to date, attracting 78,579 participants from 142 countries, and 2,586 exhibiting companies from 59 countries. In 2017, the event introduces a new dedicated area for the HVAC-R sector, while returning features include the Live Product Demonstrations, and The Gaia Awards.

The Big 5 is organised by dmg events Middle East, Asia & Africa.

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About The Big 5

The Big 5 is the construction event providing leading-edge innovation, knowledge, and business opportunities for industry players around the world to connect, grow, and succeed.

Taking place annually in Dubai since 1979, the event has launched hundreds of thousands of products boosting the expansion of emerging markets. It has facilitated partnerships, advanced knowledge and industry best practices, while serving as the gateway for international companies to access the Middle East, Africa and South Asia regions.

The Big 5 covers the full construction cycle; not only does it showcase products across dedicated sectors, it also runs alongside nine specialised events enabling industry professionals to source building solutions from around the globe for every stage of the construction projects: The Big 5 Heavy, Middle East Concrete, Windows, Doors & Facades Event, Gulf Glass, HVAC R Expo, The Big 5 Solar, Middle East Stone, the Urban Design & Landscape Expo, and FM Expo.

The event includes high-level summits, practical seminars, CPD-certified workshops, and The Big 5 Impact Awards to foster collaboration, support best practices, and provide effective solutions to today’s industry challenges.

The Big 5 is organised by dmg events and is free to attend for all pre-registered visitors. 


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About dmg events

dmg events is a leading organiser of face-to-face events and a publisher of trade magazines.

We aim to keep businesses informed and connect them with relevant communities to create vibrant marketplaces and to accelerate their business through face-to-face events.

dmg events organises more than 80 events across 25 countries, attracting over 425,000 attendees and delegates every year. The company’s portfolio of products includes many industry-leading events in the energy, construction, hospitality & design, coatings and transportation sectors. ADIPEC, The Big 5, Gastech, EGYPS, The Hotel Show and INDEX are the company’s flagship events. For more information visit

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DMGT manages a portfolio of companies that provide businesses and consumers with compelling information, analysis, insight, events, news and entertainment. The Group takes a long-term approach to investment and has market-leading positions in consumer media, insurance risk, property information, education technology, energy information and events & exhibitions. In total, DMGT generates revenues of around £1 billion.