Sustainability, technology and wellness highlighted as key themes for this year’s event as the Middle East gears up to implement $1.5 trillion worth of construction and infrastructure projects.


dmg events, organisers of the Urban Design & Landscape Expo (UDLE), has announced the event lineup and the educational agenda for the 2nd edition of the Middle East's only dedicated trade fair for urban, green and open spaces. Running alongside The Big 5 - the Middle East and Africa’s largest construction show - the event is the ultimate hub for business professionals from the private and government sectors involved in the planning and execution of the region’s urban development projects.

With just under $1.5 trillion worth of planned and un-awarded construction and civil infrastructure sector projects in the pipeline in the GCC expected to be awarded over the next five to 15 years, the region is expected to realise tremendous opportunities for landscaping industry players in the coming years. Revealed in a report which was produced by MEED Projects for UDLE, the figures also highlight that under half of this will be required in Saudi Arabia, while more than $6 billion will be destined for the UAE market.

Vice President Construction – dmg events, Josine Heijmans, said:

“The size of the future urban design and landscape market in the GCC indicates that there will be a wealth of opportunities for the industry. As most of these new projects will require significant investments in landscaping to improve their aesthetic in keeping with government’s beautification objectives, UDLE serves as a valuable platform for the landscaping industry to find the products, solutions and industry-knowhow to fulfil these projects requirements.”

After its successful launch in 2018, the Urban Design & Landscape Summit returns to UDLE. Taking place on 27 November, the summit brings the industry together to reflect on the interaction between urban development, landscape design, and green spaces. Under the theme “Promoting greener, healthier and more sustainable built environments with best practices in urban and landscape design”, the summit focuses on the opportunities and challenges faced in turning the region green, initiatives taken up by global and local government bodies, and work done by the urban design and landscape architecture firms, globally and locally.

Speaking ahead of the event, summit chair and sustainability team leader at BuroHappold Engineering Farah Naz, said:

“The major challenge for sustainable urban design in the UAE is the perception of value creation. These places bring people and opportunities together and make a city livable, establishing our connection to nature and enhancing our well-being. This one-day summit is a pioneering event to reignite the UAE's commitment to health, well-being and happiness of its citizens.”

New for this year’s event is the four-day Urban Design Talks covering sustainability, technology and wellness in urban design at more than 20 CPD (Continuing Professional Development) certified workshops. Attendees will benefit from insightful case studies including a keynote presentation by Christopher Brown, Director, AECOM, on the use of sustainable design principles such as car-free areas, solar trees, and the use of recycled materials such as crushed tyres when designing the EXPO 2020 site.

This year, UDLE is the strategic partner of the first Landscape Middle East Awards Ceremony organised by the Landscape Middle East Magazine on the 25 November at the Ritz Carlton DIFC Hotel in Dubai. The awards ceremony will honour those who through their dedication, creativity and relentless efforts, have left a positive impact on the landscape profession in the region. This unique event will also highlight the importance of landscape architecture in the development of our cities, communities and the impact it has on people’s health, happiness and quality of life.

UDLE will run from 25 - 28 November 2019 at the Dubai World Trade Centre co-located with The Big 5 and five other specialized events: HVACR Expo, The Big 5 Solar, Middle East Concrete, Middle East Stone and The Big 5 Heavy.

Hosting over 90 local and international exhibitors, UDLE showcases the latest solutions in hard landscaping, irrigation and drainage, machinery and equipment, sports and playgrounds, materials and components, specialist sectors, and design, planning & consulting. Confirmed exhibitors include renowned brands such as Al Baddad International, Elysee Irrigation Ltd, Verseidag Indutex GmbH, Ithara Group, Huck Seiltechnik GmbH, Serge Ferrari, Fujairah Concrete Products, Bagattini, Berliner and Therrawood Middle East FZC.

The event is supported by SEWA (Supporting Partner), Belhasa Projects (Landscape Solutions Partner), Ducon Outdoor Living (Outdoor Living Solutions Partner), Dynamo Playgrounds (Playgrounds Partner), Lumo (Lighting Partner), RAKNOR (Pavers Partner), and Raymond Sport (Sport Courts, Fitness and More Partner).

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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.