The Big 5 returns to Dubai live and in person from 12-15 September 2021 to support the MENA region’s $5.06 trillion future projects market

  • Features this year to include three high-level summits, the newly launched Big 5 Construction Impact Awards, and 70 free-to-attend and CPD certified Industry Talks
  • Also introducing The Big 5 Online, a powerful new digital platform enabling important trading opportunities for the global construction market in the wake of the COVID-19 disruption

Dubai, UAE, 27 July 2021: dmg events has announced that The Big 5 will return to the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) from the 12-15 September as the only live in-person event to connect the global construction industry in 2021, playing a crucial role in driving economic recovery in the post-COVID-19 era.

Celebrating its 42nd year, the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region’s largest and most influential event for the construction industry has so far confirmed more than 1000 exhibitors from 45 countries and 20 country pavilions, and reveals an online networking and meeting facilitation add-on that will help organisations kick-start their businesses wherever their location.

In a recent report released by MEED Projects, the Projects Data and Intelligence Partner for The Big 5, it has been revealed there were a $163 billion worth of contracts awarded in 2020 in the Middle East and Africa despite COVID-19 impact, and $1.9 billion worth of projects are currently in execution in the region.

Josine Heijmans, Vice President at dmg events, the organiser of The Big 5 foresees that powerful face-to-face connections between industry stakeholders is key for the sector’s continued development, stating that “With $5.06 trillion worth of projects planned and unawarded across all sectors in the Middle East and Africa construction market it is more important than ever to offer a safe environment for the regional and international community to come together where they can boost business activities, rebuild partnerships, and discuss vital lessons learnt all in one place.”
Josine Heijmans - Vice President (Construction), dmg events
Josine Heijmans - Vice President (Construction), dmg events

The Big 5 will welcome exhibitors across nine specialised events this year, offering visiting professionals the chance to source the latest industry innovations for any stage of the construction cycle. Heavyweights signed up to exhibit include Caparol, Soudal, Saudi Ceramics, Mahy Khoory, Zamil Air Conditioning, Climatech, Emirates Steel and many more.

Christian Witsch, Chief Executive Officer, Gulf Extrusion, said: “For many years, we have been representing our products and innovations at The Big 5, which is a very important and great event for our industry. After one year of interruption due to COVID, we are very excited about the possibility to meet and engage with our important customers and the interested community about our products at The Big 5 once again.”

High-level summits at The Big 5 this year include the highly anticipated Global Construction Leaders’ Summit, the Future of Facades Summit, and the FutureTech Construction Summit, all designed to shed light on crucial developments in the construction sector, covering all aspects of the industry from facades to building technology, whilst exploring long-term opportunities on the horizon. The popular free and CPD-certified talks series will continue at the event, with 70 sessions set to cover vital industry topics.

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Recognising excellence in the region’s construction industry, The Big 5 Women in Construction Awards return to highlight the positive socioeconomic impact a gender-balanced workforce has on transforming the construction industry, while the new The Big 5 Impact Awards have been created to recognise sustainable development, technological and digital achievements in the construction industry.

Organised by dmg events, The Big 5 runs from 12-15 September 2021 at the Dubai World Trade Centre with alongside The Big 5 Heavy, Middle East Concrete, Windows, Doors & Facades Event, Gulf Glass, HVAC R Expo, The Big 5 Solar, Middle East Stone, Urban Design & Landscape Expo, FM Expo. To know more, 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.