MATT DENTON ON #TheBig5turns40

The President of dmg events celebrates the 40th anniversary of The Big 5


"I recently shared an opinion piece on LinkedIn suggesting that the ongoing wave of digital transformation will never replace the face-to-face interaction our events offer. This is never more apparent than in our celebration of four decades of The Big 5.

Over the years we have been very fortunate with the growth of The Big 5; from a small show that started off in a striped marquee on the Dubai Creek to being one of the world’s largest building and construction events showcasing the regional construction industry.

"This 40 year milestone is a great testament to how our teams have effectively worked towards keeping the show fresh and relevant for our stakeholders and attendees. Innovation and adaptability have always been at the core of our strategy as we transform each edition to keep up with the changing business environment and industry needs.

The show has continuously seen new features, country pavilions and product sectors added and with the increase in the number of exhibitors each year both local and global, The Big 5 has truly become a gateway to the region’s top buyers and distributors.

"Reflecting on The Big 5 in the last 40 years makes me proud of my team. At dmg events we don’t sit our laurels or hang around waiting for opportunities to happen, we run with the change and take actions to grow our events year on year.

"I would like to end by saying I look forward to the continued development of our longest-running show and the expansion of The Big 5 brand into emerging territories. See you at the 40th edition."


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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. 

Organised by dmg events, the exhibition showcases 360-degree building solutions clustered in six 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.

Gathering buyers and manufacturers of construction products from around the world, The Big 5 also offers a broad educational agenda, with two high-level conferences and dozens of CPD-certified workshops.

On its 40th edition, the event runs alongside The Big 5 Heavy, Middle East Stone, Middle East Concrete, HVAC R Expo, the Urban Design & Landscaping Expo, and The Big 5 Solar. 


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

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,, one of the largest media companies in the United Kingdom.