A selection of images and statements from key speakers at the largest construction event in the Middle East today

Speaking at The Big 5's FutureTech Construction Summit, Harj Dhaliwal, Managing Director of Middle East and India at Virgin Hyperloop One, said:

"Transportation systems till date have developed due to industrialization. ​ With the present technology, ​ Hyperloop is an opportunity to develop a transportation system around you, as the user.
Our vision is "A Connected Gulf": no two cities to be more than an hour apart. Hyperloop will radically change how we plan our cities, as distance and commute will no longer be an issue. Turn cities into metro stops and create mega-regions."

Motaz Al-Mashouk, General Manager, Community Infrastructure and Public Projects, at Saudi Aramco said:

The Big 5 is a key venue for us to scout building materials and technology for our construction division. Saudi Aramco has a specific technology process that includes scouting, evaluating, deployment and most importantly mandating: mandating such technology in our process reviews and contracts.
Technology enhances the safety of construction personnel, which is crucial. The benefits of applying technology in construction creates a compelling argument for contractors to bring in technology to win more projects. At Saudi Aramco, we feel that we have a responsibility to push technology in Construction and sharing the risks with Contractors.

Dominic Wright, Partner, Generation 3D, said at The Big 5's FutureTech Construction Summit:

The Dubai Municipality will be announcing a code on 3D printing in 2018/19. It will be the first in the world so it makes sense for Generation 3D to be here. The UAE’s fast moving government and low bureaucracy helps us progress faster as a business.

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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

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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.

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

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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.