Region’s leading construction companies take top-spot in The Big 5 Construction Impact Awards shortlist for efforts that advance sustainable building practices in the region.

  • The Big 5 Construction Impact Awards features 15 categories in total to celebrate architectural, engineering and construction businesses’ contribution to sector’s growth.
  • Winners of the awards will be announced alongside The Big 5 on 12th September 2021, Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC).

Dubai, 10th August 2021 – dmg events has today unveiled its shortlist for the inaugural Big 5 Construction Impact Awards, the awards ceremony will take place on 12th September 2021 at Dubai World Trade Centre alongside The Big 5 - the only live in-person event gathering the global construction industry this year.

Across 15 categories, and inspired by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, The Big 5 Impact Awards is a platform to celebrate the achievements and transformation of the construction industry that go beyond traditional measures of project delivery.

Awards for sustainable development make up one third of categories at The Big 5 Construction Impact Awards, finalists for the standout ‘Sustainable Initiative of the Year’ include:

  • Dubai Municipality, Dubai Authorities, Emaar
  • Jordan GBC
  • Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)
  • The Arab Contractors Company
  • Turner & Townsend

Finalists have been assessed against individual category criteria by an independent and international judging panel. Caspar Herzberg, Judge at the awards and President, Middle East & Africa at Schneider Electric, provider of energy and automation digital solutions for efficiency and sustainability, shares:

“I’m pleased to congratulate finalists on their inspiring achievements across all categories, especially the high standard of submissions for sustainable building initiatives. Sustainable building has become a foundation for all projects in the global construction sector, and I am delighted to see entries from the region that show dedication and excellence in delivery of sustainable practices in their building approach.”

Celebrating nominees from a wealth of countries beyond the United Arab Emirates, including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Oman, India and Kenya, The Big 5 Construction Impact Awards shortlist reflects the immense quality of projects and strong collaboration across the region’s construction sector.

Josine Heijmans, Vice President at dmg events commented: “I am delighted that in its first edition The Big 5 Construction Impact Awards have received entries from hundreds of leading architectural, engineering and construction businesses operating across the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. ​
The projects market throughout the Middle East and Africa expects a strong rebound this year and is one of the fastest growing markets in global context. We are excited to recognise the businesses and people behind this outstanding resilience.”

At its inaugural ceremony, The Big 5 Construction Impact awards will honour the people, organisations, and projects that are driving sustainable development, innovation, and transformation in the regions’ booming construction industry.

See more on the awards here:

Full Awards Shortlist

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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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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.

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