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

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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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Organised by dmg events, The Big 5 2018 is open from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm daily, from 26 to 29 November at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

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About The Big 5

23 - 26 November 2020, 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.

Having celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2019, the event seeks 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. 

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 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.


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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

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