The former exhibitor and Greek representative of The Big 5 celebrates the 40th anniversary of the event


"Looking at The Big 5 today, it’s difficult to believe how it all started. Yet, I clearly recall its first edition in 1979, when the show took place under a tent alongside the Dubai Creek, and only had three little halls dedicated to ventilation & air conditioning, water treatment, and building materials.

"As a Greek exhibitor at that time, I witnessed in first place both the potential of the local market and the benefits to participating in The Big 5. That’s why I started promoting the event in Greece.

I always believed The Big 5 was a massive opportunity for Greek companies, even more so during the Greek crisis.  During one of the toughest times in our modern history, The Big 5 helped Greek exhibitors to strive even in harsh economic conditions.

"We decided to therefore open an official Big 5 representative office in Greece and managed to further grow the Greek participation at the event. The Greek government has recognized the huge role played by The Big 5 in supporting the export of Greek companies and has therefore provided its full backing of the show for the past two decades.

"As a result, many Greek companies that exhibited at The Big 5 have a strong presence in the UAE today. Others are now working on prestigious projects like Expo 2020 Dubai, or export to the entire region.

Today, The Big 5 keeps being a fundamental platform for us. It is way more than an exhibition: it’s an open gate on a huge and promising market, including the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
The Big 5 is the annual meeting point for everyone in the construction industry. Why? Because the UAE is an easy place to travel to, there are no complicated visa requirements, so companies from across the globe can simply say “let’s meet at The Big 5 once a year!”

"40 years after its beginning, it is therefore more crucial than ever to be at The Big 5 and meet industry colleagues."


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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.