• Where demand increases for innovative solar solutions, Architectural Solar Association says the key to moving forward is UAE regional safety standards for Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BiPV).
  • Under the patronage of the Ministry of Energy, The Big 5 Solar (26 – 29 Nov) will feature a day long Global Solar Leaders’ Summit, as well as Solar Talks throughout the event, intended to shed light on the future of solar energy.

With the success of ground-mounted PV solutions such as those in the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, local governments are looking to diversify their energy mix. Currently however, projects like the launch of DEWA’s Shams Dubai initiative to connect solar energy to buildings, inclusive of their online solar calculator, are coming hand in hand with the limitations of current policy and regulations surrounding new solar technologies.

Although BiPV solutions are not yet at the forefront of building design in the region, upcoming projects in the retail, transport and building sectors will see a wealth of opportunities for façade based technologies to take centre stage. Partnered with the rising popularity of these solutions abroad, it is paramount to facilitate BiPV growth in the UAE.

According to the Architectural Solar Association (ASA), tailoring global regulations for this specific landscape is the key to encouraging a mass adoption of BiPV in the region. However, locally focused safety regulations are perhaps the biggest hurdle faced by the industry.

The incentives for adopting renewable energy methods have become more complex than simply adjusting to an environmental outlook; they are making a move towards lowering utility costs and increasing the value of properties. According to Anoop Babu, MENA regional Manager ASA, preparing for the future should be at the core of building concept design.

He describes the transition towards BiPV as removing “facades that would otherwise be idle for the next 20 years, and replacing them with active building elements.”

The ASA are an official supporting association of The Big 5 Solar event. The Big 5 Solar pursues the escalating green demands in the GCC construction industry, and is set to become a premier platform for solar industry professionals to network and do business in the Middle East.

Running from the 26 – 29 November 2017 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, the event will also offer a series of high level free-to-attend CPD certified Solar Talks covering topics such as the connection between solar and construction, the impact of VAT on the solar industry, the role of SME’s in driving the MENA solar industry, as well as many more.

These talks will bring together solar industry pioneers to empower a positive change and transformation of the renewable energy sector with a focus on solar.

A prominent feature at The Big 5 Solar 2017 will be the Global Solar Leaders’ Summit (GSLS), the only established high level summit in the Middle East focusing on solar technology. Key speakers H.E Dr. Matar Al Neyada: Undersecretary of the UAE Ministry of Energy, Dr. Rashid Aleem: Founder of Aleem Business Congress, and H.E Dr. Nasser Saidi: Chairman of the Regional Clean Energy Business Council will come together to highlight the latest trends and practices in the solar industry along with major opportunities and challenges within the booming solar market.

Organised by dmg events Middle East, Asia & Africa, The Big 5 Solar will be co-located with The Big 5 Dubai – the largest, most influential and renowned construction industry event in the Middle East.

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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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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.

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