• Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) receive more than 50% of awarded Expo 2020 Dubai contracts, according to the latest Big 5 report.
  • Ahmed Al Khatib, Expo 2020 Dubai Vice President of Real Estate for, to speak at The Big 5’s Excellence in Construction Summit. 

The latest Expo 2020 Dubai report, prepared by The Big 5, reveals that more than 15,000 businesses have registered their interest on Expo 2020 Dubai’s online procurement portal, and that USD3bn in contracts are expected in 47 awards over 2017.

Around 70% of the firms registered as suppliers are SMEs and as of June this year they had won more than 50% of the contracts awarded. This preference is energized by the 2016 UAE Ministry of Economy announcement that SMEs engaged in the project will receive up to 20% of total direct and indirect spending, an estimated USD1.36bn in contracts.

Future opportunities related to Expo 2020 include crucial construction logistics packages that are to be awarded in January 2018; including those for a delivery management system, a waste management contractor and temporary utilities installations. 

The final portion of packages, which are also scheduled to be awarded next year, is the Horizontal/Infrastructure/Site Wide/Construction Packages. These packages include elements for the public realm spaces such as landscaping and vertical transportation.

Set on a 438 hectare site, Expo 2020 Dubai will open to the public on 20 October 2020. Construction on the site is expected to be completed a year earlier, by October 2019. Of all the built assets, 80% will be reused after the event.

‘Connecting minds, Creating the Future’ is the theme of Dubai Expo 2020, underpinned by the three sub-themes of Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability. Fulfilling the latter focus, Expo 2020 will draw at least 50 percent of power from renewable energy sources, including the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, and will receive support from official sustainability partner, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority.

Organizers of Expo 2020 Dubai are adamant on complying with local green building regulations and contributing to LEED accreditation, as well as driving compliance with ISO 20121:2012, which specifies requirements for an event sustainability management system.

Their ability to support organisers sustainability standards saw UAE contractor Al Futtaim Carillion secure the main construction contract for the development of the Theme Districts. The candidate beat 35 other bidders to secure contract which was worth just shy of USD 600m.

“The link between renewable energy, sustainable measures and the construction sector is connectivity” observes Portfolio Director of The Big 5, Josine Heijmans. Discussing the impact of Expo 2020 Dubai themes on the industry, she goes on to announce that “the adoption of new building technologies is vital in moving forward.”

The Expo 2020 Dubai report is released ahead of The Big 5, which will run from 26 – 29 November at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The largest construction event in the Middle East, it will showcase the most innovative solutions for the built environment from around the world.

It will feature the Excellence in Construction Summit where Vice President of Real Estate for Expo 2020 Dubai, Ahmed Al Khatib, will be a VIP speaker. Ahmed Al Khatib is responsible for the delivery and management of the Expo site masterplan and is involved in managing the sustainability of the site.

As well as an all new HVAC dedicated hall, and the Innovation in Precast Summit, there will be live products demonstrations, and the return of the industry’s most respected 10th edition of the Gaia Awards which are committed to escalating sustainable interests in the construction sector. 

In further pursuit of green building trends, The Big 5 2017 will be co-located with The Big 5 Solar event, under the patronage of the Ministry of Energy. Featuring technologies from leading PV manufacturing countries, The Big 5 Solar is set to become the premier event for solar industry professionals.

Additionally, the event will offer a broad educational agenda with world-class knowledge-sharing CPD (Continued Professional Development) certified talks covering six featured themes including Technology, Architecture, Sustainability and Project Management.

The 38th edition of The Big 5 is organised by dmg events Middle East, Asia & Africa.  

Download the full Expo 2020 Dubai industry report at www.thebig5.ae/Expo2020DubaiReport

Know more about The Big 5 at www.thebig5.ae

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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. 


To know more, visit www.thebig5.ae

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 www.dmgevents.com.

About DMGT

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.