• The Big 5 Heavy welcomed 6000+ visitors and hosted 300+ exhibitors in its inaugural edition.
  • Event Director announces a total of USD2.5 million worth of deals.
  • The event will return to the Dubai World Trade Centre on 26-29 November 2018, alongside The Big 5 and Middle East Concrete (MEC) events.

In its launch edition last month, The Big 5 Heavy welcomed over 6000 visitors to the Dubai World Trade Centre. When asked, 90% of visitors said that they would return next year.

The event brought together 300+ exhibitors across 7000 sqm of specialized exhibition space. It is now the largest event dedicated to heavy machinery in the Middle East.

“When combined, deals that were made at The Big 5 Heavy between leading manufacturers like Total Foundation Solutions, Deewan, and Putzmeister, came in at a total of USD2.5 million” comments Event Director for The Big 5 Heavy, Richard Pavitt.

He adds: “The event this year was a visually stunning crowd pleaser. And as for the deals, well they support a growing infrastructure industry in the Middle Eastern region.”

Andrea Bristot, Middle East Area Sales Manager for leading Spanish tower crane manufacturer, Linden Comansa, agrees:

"During the three days of the show, we were very busy with customers and potential buyers, not only from the Emirates but also from Egypt, Oman, Saudi Arabia or Kuwait, which shows that the entire region is under an evident recovery. Another good indicator is that the world’s main tower crane manufacturers were at the Big 5 Heavy show.”

The exhibition showcased heavy equipment from a range of industries with product variety including concrete, mining, and construction.

In addition to mega tyre displays, scaffolding structures, tower crane and heavy vehicle spectacles, there were also over 40 learning opportunities free-of-charge to visitors.

Speaker Omar Essam Barakat, Dubai Novus Chairperson for The Chartered Institute of Building, concludes:

“Events like this should be mandatory for professionals to come and see, and companies should be encouraging their employees to come and visit - it's a must."

The Big 5 Heavy is organised by dmg events and will return from 26 to 29 November 2018 to the Dubai World Trade Centre, alongside The Big 5 and Middle East Concrete (MEC) events. 

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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.