Moving ever forward, planning and executing the latest innovative techniques in construction and architectural designs, the Emirate of Dubai in the Arabian Peninsula serves as a beacon of unbound creativity and inspiration across the globe. Dubai’s approach in construction knowledge, technology, and materials can be seen throughout its many endeavors. With many projects currently live and slated projects in the pipeline, the gleaming emirate is turning heads and generating quite the following. 

Already claiming the title for being home to the tallest building in the world, the shining emirate in the desert seeks to out-do itself: The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour, scheduled to have its first phase completed in the next five years, plans to be even taller than the Burj Khalifa. In time for the UAE’s hosting of World Expo 2020, The Tower will boast an impressive height of 928 meters and will emit a ‘beacon of light’ from its peak at night.

While many of Dubai’s projects are going vertical, staying grounded and spanning across the city, the Road and Transportation Authority (RTA) sets on expansion plans of its already intricate and efficient metro line. The expansion of the Red Line and Green Line come to life to support the estimated influx of tourism and new residents in preparations for the Expo 2020. Planned lengthening for the Red and Green Line are 3.5km reaching from Rashidiya to Mirdif and 20.6km Jaddaf to Academic City, passing through Festival City, Ras Al Khor, International City and Silicon Oasis, respectively. Awarded tenders are expected to follow in 2018. 

Looking up towards the sky, the RTA has completed one of its New Year goals, providing a world first by introducing its branded Flying Taxi Service. With further expansion plans into the summer, RTA's fully functioning, touch screen operated one-person drone, launched its first human tested fare in collaborations with Chinese drone firm EHang. The EHang 184 weighs in at 250kg without its passenger, is 3.9m long by 4m wide and 1.6m high and will fly for a maximum of 30 minutes at a cruising speed of 160km/h and a cruising altitude of 3,000ft.  

Coming back down to the ground and seeking another world’s first, the Blue Water Island, currently underway near Jumeirah Beach Residence, will be home to the world’s tallest observation wheel. The Dh475 (USD 129) million project will include retail, residential, hospitality, and entertainment zones – as well as housing a boutique five-star hotel. 

With hundreds of projects taking shape ahead of Expo 2020, the global construction industry is looking closely at the multi-billion dollar opportunities Dubai has to offer. As the largest and most influential construction exhibition in the whole Middle East, The Big 5 this year will be an unmissable platform for construction players from around the world to meet, network and capitalise on the Emirate’s growing market. Highlighting these and other exciting construction developments, The Big 5 2017 will run from26-29 November 2017 at the World Trade Center in Dubai, focusing on Construct Technologies and Innovations. To know more, visit

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Jessica Scopacasa Public Relations Manager, dmg events Middle East, Asia & Africa
Vanthy Vhora Public Relations Executive, dmg events Middle East, Asia & Africa
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.