The Big 5 International Building & Construction Show. A key event for French companies seeking to position themselves in the United Arab Emirates and the Middle East. Dubai – November 26 to 29, 2018

United Arab Emirates- October 2018: to enable French companies to seize new opportunities or reinforce their existing presence, Business France, the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, will once again be running two French pavilions at the BIG 5, the Middle East's leading construction industry show. Twenty-four companies from the industry's various sectors will be presenting their products, services and expertise to local businesses.

The French construction,  finishing work industry has several undeniable strengths in line with the Expo 2020 Dubai, likely to require transport and tertiary infrastructure, and will therefore create a whole host of opportunities that French companies must leverage by establishing ties with local decision makers.

with a highly fragmented network of 392,000 companies and sales of €135 billion in 2017, the industry has one or more global leaders from France in most of its component sectors: VINCI, EIFFAGE, BOUYGUES and SPIE, to name just a few. France boasts a highly diverse offering when it comes to the building trades, with companies of all sizes providing structural engineering services and finishing work (carpentry, roofing, insulation, sanitation, air-conditioning, smoke detectors, etc.) and interior fittings (wall and floor coverings, luxury tapware, home automation, etc.).

Marc Cagnard, Managing Director Business France Middle East commented:

“Innovation features strongly in French companies, from new and biosourced building materials, wooden construction driven by ecological considerations, and smart building in BIM – Building Information Modeling – to home automation, smart meters, energy optimization tools, solar glass, and smart thermostats, boilers and bulbs, these are just some of the development initiatives currently being pursued by businesses in the sector”.

Lastly, France enjoys a strong reputation for quality and reliability, which are especially important in the construction industry due to safety risks. France tends to maintain a strong presence internationally with €22 billion generated in foreign markets, to export top-quality carefully designed, advanced technology products (innovative insulation materials, building facades that let in natural light, suspended ceilings, clay roof tiles, natural paints, decorative fireplaces, etc.).

To meet French exhibitors at the Big 5 Show, come along at Dubai World Trade Centre:  

- Between HALL 1 and 4: MEP & Building Interiors,

- HALL ZA’ABEEL 1-3: Construction Tools & Building Materials

Stand to watch:

GV2 VEDA France will be presenting its VEDAFEU range, dedicated to passive fire protection, which has been validated by the UAE Civil Defense.

Rapid fire spread in buildings is something that, even today, continues to be a problem, with consequences that are often disastrous leading in some cases to heavy loss of life. There is no lack of recent examples:- The Zen Tower in Dubai in May 2018, Grenfell Tower in London in June 2017, Torch Tower in Dubai in 2017 and 2016, The Address Downtown also in Dubai in December 2016... The only way to protect people and property in the face of this type of events is to systematically install appropriate, certified and patented fire barrier solutions during construction.

Among the products for which GV2 VEDA FRANCE is famous, the VEDAFEU range, designed to offer passive fire protection, consists of ropes, mattresses, blankets, fillerboards and firestop foam.  This patented range is validated by local authorities (UAE Civil Defense, Qatar Civil Defense, Kuwait Fire Department...) and has obtained international certifications (EN, UL, BS) issued by world-renowned independent official laboratories (Efectis, CSTB, TÜV Singapore, Exova...).

VEDAFEU products are fire-rated up to 4 hours and can be used for joint gaps up to 840 mm. In order to meet the most challenging technical requirements, these firestop solutions are validated in multiple configurations: - with and without movement; for horizontal and vertical applications, for head-of-wall configurations, for facade panels.


For more info, feel free to contact Business France:
Miryem Oukas Messidi
​Head of Communications – Middle East
​Mobile: +971 (0)55 478 32 15
​Mail : [email protected]

Note To Editors:

Exhibitors on the  French pavilions:

  • RAYMOND FRANCE SAS: Fastening systems –
  • ACTIV-SKEEN: Active or connected technologies for building structures –
  • CEMOM MOATTI: Hinges for all types of doors and windows –
  • CONTROLAB: Laboratory equipment for the civil and mechanical engineering sectors –
  • FLOVEA: Specialized in prefabricated plumbing & hydraulic automation solutions:  &
  • FRANCEM: Alveolar and compact profiles for the construction industry –
  • GUARD INDUSTRIE: Environment-friendly water-repellent, oil-repellent, anti-graffiti and cleaning products for walls, floors and facades -
  • GV2 VEDA FRANCE: Expansion joint covers in aluminum, PVC, etc. for the construction industry –
  • GYS: Arc welding machines, battery chargers, car body repair equipment –
  • HAEMMERLIN CDH GROUP: Construction site and height access equipment –
  • ISPO FRANCE: Glues and sealants for industry and construction –
  • KEMICA COATINGS: High-performance polyurethane resins for waterproofing applications, floor coverings, etc. -
  • MANTION SAS: Sliding systems –
  • OCAI DISTRIBUTION: Painting and masonry tools –
  • PLATRE.COM INTERNATIONAL: Plaster and coatings for the construction industry –
  • PROJISO: Firestop products -
  • SAF’ACADE: Vertical thermal insulation –
  • SIMONIN SAS: Glued-laminated wood structures and wooden components –
  • TECOFI: Industrial valves –
  • THIRARD: Door furniture, locks and padlocks –
  • TUF-FIX: Fasteners and fixings, welding tools –
  • SARL SAMAC-MARBRES DE France : Marble quarries -
  • MATINTER : Manufacturer of wall covering, bathrooms and kitchen accessories (designer)-

About Business France:

Business France is the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, responsible for fostering export growth by French businesses, as well as promoting and facilitating international investment in France. It promotes France’s companies, business image and nationwide attractiveness as an investment location, and also runs the VIE international internship program.

Social Media:

Twitter: @BF_MiddleEast

Most common used hashtags:

​#FrenchConstruction ​

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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.

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