Organisers of The Big 5 announced the launch of a brand new show dedicated to the Middle East’s burgeoning solar industry: The Big 5 Solar. From 26 to 29 November 2017 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, the exhibition will open its doors to thousands of decision makers, buyers and manufacturers, showcasing the very latest solar thermal & photovoltaic technologies.

2016 has been a record breaking year for the industry in the region, and future looks even brighter, according to the Middle East Solar Industry Association’s latest report.  With solar PV without storage becoming one of the cheapest sources of electricity, power demand on the rise, and the recognised need to develop environmentally sustainable solutions, solar penetration in the Middle East is accelerating. 

In the United Arab Emirates, rooftop solar output is growing more than 1,100% over a 1-year period, from 6MW in 2016 to 70MW by the end of 2017, the report forecasts. With 135 operational solar (PV and CSP) installations, 1,000 under execution, and 1,200 under tender, the UAE is one of the most promising markets for solar energy.

 “The UAE Energy Plan 2050 aims at increasing clean energy use by 50%, cutting down carbon dioxide emissions by 70% before the mid of this century. There’s an unequivocal need for advanced solar technologies in the region,” The Big 5 Solar Event Director, Josine Heijmans, commented.

Co-located with The Big 5, the largest, most influential and renowned construction event in the region attracting 78,869 participants from more than 120 countries last year, The Big 5 Solar 2017 is set to become an unmissable and truly global platform for solar industry professionals to network, learn and do business in the Middle East. “20% of the visitors at The Big 5 2016 expressed an interest in solar technologies. It’s with this growing demand in mind that dmg events Middle East, Asia & Africa is launching its first ever The Big 5 Solar in November, co-located with The Big 5.”

The event will bring to Dubai the latest solar technologies from leading PV manufacturing countries like Germany, Italy, China, India and Turkey as well as from the GCC region. Alongside the exhibition, international experts will share cutting-edge insights and industry best practices at a series of free to attend CPD-certified workshops. Moreover, a one day Global Solar Leaders Summit will contribute to the development of the solar industry, ensuring full support to achieving the UAE’s 2050 Energy goals.

Previous solar events organised by dmg events Middle East, Asia & Africa attracted more than 4000 key buyers from over 65 countries. To know more about The Big 5 Solar, visit 

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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

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.