GROWING INTERNATIONAL PARTICIPATION IN DUBAI FOR THE BIG 5

17.4% increase in UAE active construction projects draws to Dubai 2,500+ companies from around the world

The continued expansion of construction activities in the GCC region is attracting an increased number of international exhibitors at The Big 5 this year. According to the latest statistics by BNC Network, there’s been a 17.4% growth in the number of active construction projects in the UAE in 2017 compared to the previous year, and an 8.6% increase in terms of value, which reached USD 818 billion.   

Over 2,500 companies from 60 countries have chosen to come and exhibit their construction products and solutions at The Big 5 in Dubai this year. Some of these are participating to the event for the first time proving that the UAE are now more than ever ‘the place to be’ for international construction players,” says Josine Heijmans, Portfolio Event Director of The Big 5. “More than that, we expect 79,000 visitors from over 140 countries to attend the 38th edition of the show; that’s a clear proof of Dubai’s recognized role as a leading business hub, which extends well beyond the Middle East region.”

In 2016, the UAE imported construction products and materials worth approximately USD 13 billion to complete the 11,755 projects currently under development across the country. China ranked number one among the UAE’s international suppliers, with a 30% market share and exports of about USD 3.9 billion last year, followed by Germany and the United States.

With a market share of 6.9% and a total value of USD 890 million in 2016, Italy is UAE’s fourth supplier in the construction sector. The premier market in the Middle East for Italian exports, the United Arab Emirates last year imported products from Italy worth USD 6.3 billion, and the trend in the first half of 2017 keeps growing.

Almost 350 Italian companies are showcasing their solutions for the built environment at The Big 5 this year, confirming Italy’s strong involvement in the UAE’s construction sector. For the first time, the Italian Region of Sicily also participates at the event, with over 30 Sicilian exhibitors showcasing interior and exterior furnishings and decoration made of marble, wrought iron, ceramics, textiles, stone and wood.   

Gianpaolo Bruno, Italian Trade Commissioner to the UAE, Oman and Pakistan, ICE (Italian Trade Commission) said:  "Italy is proudly present at Big5 2017 with a massive participation of more than 300 companies specialized in a wide spectrum of activities within the construction industry value chain. For Italy the UAE and the Gulf region have always been a strategic market of paramount importance for our firms whose competitive edge resides in great quality of products and services, systematic innovation driven by intense R&D investment, design and aesthetic excellence and high degree of flexibility to adapt to clients' needs."

Germany, UAE’s second largest supplier of construction products and materials, holding a 7.9% share in a market, participates at The Big 5 2017 with over 140 companies. From Baden-Württemberg, Leichtbau BW has brought to the event several exhibitors focused on lightweight construction.

According to Dr. Wolfgang Seeliger, Managing Director of Leichtbau Baden-Württemberg, “The United Arab Emirates are an innovative and interesting market for new ideas, technologies and materials. The Big 5 is a good platform to show this and present the knowledge and competence of companies from Baden-Württemberg to a wide range of visitors and experts. We see lightweight construction as a holistic technology that still has untapped potential in the construction sector: by reducing mass, lightweight design can reduce the amount of concrete required for construction.”

With over 240 companies, Turkey is one of the top exhibiting countries at The Big 5 2017. Estimated at USD 9 billion in 2016, Turkish bilateral trade with the United Arab Emirates is intensifying, and in the first half of 2017 only, Turkey has more than doubled its market share in the Gulf country, jumping from 2.2% to 5.5%. The construction sector is no exception: the total volume of projects that Turkish contractors have undertaken over the past 15 years in the UAE amounts to USD 9.7 billion.

France, Saudi Arabia, China and Spain have also significant representation at The Big 5 this year. Showcasing 360 degrees building solutions clustered in five dedicated product sectors, the event also offers 70+ CPD-certified and free to attend “Big 5 Talks” that focus on Architecture, Project Management, MEP, Business, Sustainability and Technology in construction.   

On November 28, the GAIA Awards will also announce the most sustainable construction product of the year, selected by a panel of industry experts among exhibitors and non-exhibitors at The Big 5 whose products are distributed within the MENA Region. Organised by dmg events Middle East, Asia & Africa, and under the patronage of the UAE Ministry of Infrastructure Development, The Big 5 runs from 26 to 29 November at the Dubai World Trade Centre, from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm.

To know more about the event, visit www.thebig5.ae

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About The Big 5

25 - 28 November 2019, Dubai World Trade Centre

The Big 5 is the region’s largest and most influential event for the construction industry.

Since 1979, the event has launched hundreds of thousands of products boosting the expansion of the Middle East and African markets. It has facilitated partnerships, advanced knowledge and industry best practices, while serving as the gateway for international companies to access the region.

Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, the event is set to support construction companies through a shifting economic landscape, boost business, launch the latest building solutions, educate industry professionals, and foster best practices championing technological innovation. 

For the first time, The Big 5 covers the full construction cycle. Not only does it showcase products across six dedicated product sectors: MEP services, Building Interiors & Finishes, Building Envelope & Special Construction, Construction Tools & Building Materials, Construction Technology & Innovation, and the all new Offsite & Modular Construction.

It also runs alongside six specialised events enabling industry professionals to source products from around the globe for every stage of the construction projects: The Big 5 Heavy, Middle East Concrete, HVAC R Expo, Middle East Stone, The Big 5 Solar, and the Urban Design & Landscape Expo.

Beyond bringing to Dubai over 20,000 innovative building solutions to over 68,000 expected visitors, the seven co-located events provide more than 220 complimentary high-level summits, practical seminars, and CPD-certified workshops to foster collaboration, support best practices, and provide effective solutions to today’s industry challenges.

In order to promote technological innovation in the construction sector, the event also features The Big 5’s Start-Up City, the Live Innovation Zone, and the FutureTech Construction Summit, among others.

The Big 5 is organised by dmg events and is free to attend for all pre-registered visitors. Free online registration closes on 24 November 2019; 200 AED entrance fee will be charged to non-registered visitors.

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To know more, visit www.thebig5.ae


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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.

Founded in 1989, the company is headquartered in Dubai, UAE, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Daily Mail and General Trust plc (DMGT, www.dmgt.co.uk), one of the largest media companies in the United Kingdom.