• Under the theme “Future forward: Revolutionizing the next Generation Facades”, The Middle East Facades Summit 2018 will unveil the future look of our cities.
  • Presented by Windows Doors & Facades Event (Dubai World Trade Centre, 23-25 September), the Summit will be part of a broad, free to attend and CPD-Certified educational program delivered by top industry leaders.

Facades have a tremendous impact on our cities’ appearance. Today we know that they also have a measurable impact on our emotional wellbeing. With fresh data and new technology available, the look and feel of buildings is set for a dramatic change, for good.

“New, beautiful façades will be about celebrating life,”

according to Douglas Sum, Associate Facade Services Group Leader at Aurecon

“Static façades are fast becoming a thing of the past. Today’s concept of a traditionally beautiful façade will move beyond just being about “big glass”, “transparent” and “open”. Façades will be designed to stir spirits, and to evoke emotions like comfort, friendliness and warmth.”

Technological advancement is at the core of the transformation. For this reason, the region’s largest dedicated event for the windows, doors and facades industry – Windows Doors & Facades Event 2018 – will put innovation at centre stage at its Middle East Facades Summit

“Digital innovation isn’t just a vague term for the façade industry’s future; it’s happening here and now,”

says Sum, who will speak about Advanced Facade Design Technology at the Summit. He adds:

“Clients have embraced technology in a big way. Their expectations have risen and designers, engineers, and material suppliers have to collaborate even more closely to bring their visions to life.”

More than just helping improve the look and feel of a building, technology applied to facades also plays a crucial role in terms of sustainability and operational cost-effectiveness. According to Nicky Dobreanu, Senior Quantity Surveyor at C-Quest - KEO International Consultants, facades in the future will increasingly integrate dynamic shading, while facilitating ventilation and weather protection.

Presenting the key note for Procurement of Cost Efficient Facade systems and a panel discussion on Advancements in boosting Building Envelope Performance, Dobreanu will be one of the 20 top industry experts discussing the future of facades at the Middle East Facades Summit.

Under the theme “Future forward: Revolutionizing the next Generation Facades”, the Summit is part of a broad educational program offered by the Windows Doors & Facades Event (WDF). Held on September 23 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, it will be followed by over 20 educational sessions from the CPD-Certified Facades Seminar Series on 24-25 September.

Dedicated to architects, consultants, contractors and engineers, the program will address hot industry topics, spanning from facades’ sustainability and energy efficiency to fire safety, BIM, technological innovation and smart design, among others.

Naoki Woodward, Associate at Koltay Facades, who will present a session on Window and Door performance in High Rise Buildings, comments:

These types of events are critical to the development of the local market and an excellent opportunity to catch up with industry colleagues.”

Muhammed Khazi, Portfolio Director at dmg events, the organisers of WDF, says:

“As a platform developed to support the windows, doors & facades industry, we are extremely proud of the outstanding lineup of speakers presenting at both the Middle East Facades Summit and the Facades Seminar Series this year. The educational program will perfectly complement the exhibition, which will offer a unique display of the latest and most innovative products from both local and international, world-class manufacturers.
“Future developments will need to improve existing standards of living while providing energy efficient and sustainable solutions. The proper integration of advanced technology is the only way for industry players in the region to meet the clients’ growing expectations and stay on top of the game in an increasingly competitive market,”

Khazi adds.

More than 150 companies will exhibit at the Windows Doors & Facades Event 2018, running from 23 to 25 September at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The third edition of the exhibition will display products and services from eight product sectors: Aluminium Composite Panel, Doors, Hardware, Machinery, Raw materials, Rollers & Shutters, Service Providers & Windows.

Supported by Schüco (Founding Partner and Titanium Sponsor), Orgadata, and Elumatec as Founding Partners, the show will gather thousands of decision makers and industry experts for three days of networking business and learning opportunities. A brand new Architects Club on the show floor will host top-level architects, directly involved in decision making for leading consultancy firms, architectural & design companies, master developers and contractors.

Access to the exhibition is free. Registration is now live at https://register.windowsdoorsandfacadeevent.com/

To know more about the event, visit www.wdfevent.ae.    


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.