Consolidated Contractor's Company (CCC) is a partner of The Big 5 Start-Up City

For the second consecutive year, The Big 5 – the region’s largest construction event, will host local and international start-ups at its dedicated “Start-up City”. Here, participating companies will present the most disruptive technologies that will shape the future of the construction industry.

We spoke to Aref Boualwan, Senior Manager Digital Transformation & Strategy at
​Consolidated Contractor's Company (CCC), which is supporting The Big 5 Start-up City. Here's what he told us ahead of the event:

What are the major developments in the start-up ecosystem in the region?

The entrepreneurship ecosystem is gaining momentum year after year with lots of governments realizing the significance of creating support structures to nurture the rising ideas locally as well as attract foreign startups.
Investors are injecting more money with success stories of exits and acquisitions offering further trust in the great potentials at stake. Several international and regional incubators, accelerators and start-up hubs are spreading across the region with some universities joining forces as well.
All in all, we hope to witness soon a construction technology startup highlighted as one of the unicorns founded in the middle east.

How can start-ups contribute to the advancement of the construction sector?

Startups play a big role in digitizing the construction industry, an industry that has lacked behind when it comes to technological advancements and counted as one of the least automated industries.
Construction technology start-ups could help support the construction industry to put an end to the expansion of construction schedules, the continuous increase in labor and material costs as well as improving quality and safety. With the increase in complexity of construction projects in the region and the tough market conditions, I believe we might see the GCC construction scene at a cusp of a new, ever evolving era of engaging construction technology startups.
Nevertheless, and what I believe is of equal importance, is for start-ups to partner with a major player in the construction scene; for instance, at CCC, we provide the full startup ecosystem ranging from diversified subject matter experts, to in-depth industry expertise, to live project environment for proof of concept pilots; the latter would aid in this advancement by bridging the gap between startups and project owners thus providing the domain specific knowledge required to digitize our industry.

Why did you decide to support The Big 5 Start-up City platform?

Last year, we were engaged early on with Start-up City and shared the invitation to many of the startups in our pipeline. We strongly believe it is a must for such a prominent event at the scale of The Big 5 to pave the way for construction technology startups to showcase their solutions and gain the exposure to a huge audience of professionals from different backgrounds.

What role do these platforms play in providing opportunities to industry stakeholders?

For a start, the competition presents a means for startups to have monetary as well as media benefits. In addition, by engaging with the different companies and attendees in The Big 5, startups might be able to generate new leads for potential partnerships and investments on the verge of maturing their product offerings.
Finally, getting in contact with strategic partners with in-depth knowledge of the construction industry can play a major role in providing opportunities for the startups to further develop their minimum viable product

About Aref Boualwan -

A proven track record as a professional with a business vision, hard-core technical skills and the ability to motivate/bring people together. A career of building business through innovation & technology. Occupied Executive & Senior Managerial positions in Digital Transformation, MIS, & Software Development; adding great value to the organization by realising the full power of technology to drive the business.

Develops strategic partnerships with Startups that build disruptive technologies. Leverages alliances to source Innovation, add competitive advantage to the business & create new business lines/opportunities. Resides on the Board of Directors of technology Startups. Also holds “Strategy Officer” position at the “World Economic Forum” involved in decision-making by shaping Forum initiatives, workshops, research, and projects as well as implementing innovative solutions to support the industry’s transformation.

Recognized commentator and speaker at events organized by the United Nations, EU Arab Summit, BuiltWorlds Summit, The Big 5, The Solar Show, ArabNet Digital Summit, Construction Tech. Forum, etc. Opinion cited in Reuters, Business Green, Yahoo Finance, Forbes Middle East, MEED, MTV,  Euro2Day, BusinessNews, Business Insider, Markets Insider, Middle East Construction, etc.

About CCC -

Consolidated Contractors International Company (CCC) is a global leader in the engineering and construction industry. Established in 1952 and operating worldwide, CCC has provided more than 65 years of project management, engineering, procurement and construction services to the industry, and currently employs around 150,000 people internationally with 44 active projects worldwide and $7.0B total revenue managed. The company's landmark construction projects include the Dubai Mall, the Abu Dhabi International Airport - Midfield Terminal Building, residential towers, hotels, power stations and renewable energy projects, metro projects, water and sewage treatment plants and networks, roads and bridges, industrial and process plants and pipelines around the world.

Learn more about The Big 5 HERE

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. 


To know more, visit www.thebig5.ae

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 www.dmgevents.com.

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.