The Big 5 Preview

New product sectors, the largest construction industry research, an exclusive C-level forum, an ever stronger focus on technology and innovation, and seven events under one roof are among the many novelties attending construction professionals at the upcoming edition of The Big 5 (25-28 November, Dubai World Trade Centre).

Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, Middle East’s leading event for the construction industry has much in store to support construction companies through a shifting economic landscape, boost business, launch the latest building solutions, educate industry professionals, and foster best practices championing technological innovation. 

-        Seven events under one roof and a new product sector

For the first time, The Big 5 2019 will cover the full construction cycle. This year, in fact, the exhibition will run together with six co-located events allowing industry professionals to source thousands of products for every stage of the construction projects, from inception to completion. The Big 5 Heavy, Middle East Concrete, HVAC R Expo, Middle East Stone, The Big 5 Solar, and the Urban Design & Landscape Expo will all run alongside The Big 5.

The show will also expand its product sectors’ offering with the introduction of the brand new Offsite & Modular Construction sector. Here, industry leaders like BK Gulf, MACS and Katerra will be presenting their modular solutions of pre-engineered mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) units for the first time ever.

-        The largest research in the construction sector to be launched at The Big 5 CEO Forum

Further, in an effort to drive informed decision making, The Big 5 will present the “Voice of the Construction Industry”, the largest research conducted in the construction sector. Based on the responses of nearly 6,000 industry stakeholders from 136 countries, it will unveil current and upcoming trends, opportunities, and challenges faced by construction players.

The key findings of the report will be announced at The Big 5’s CEO Forum, a new high-level summit gathering top developers, contractors, consultants, and government entities in the UAE on November 25.

-        Innovation and technologies in the spotlight

In the backdrop of last year’s success, The Big 5 will bring back its popular features dedicated to promoting innovation and technology in the construction sector. The event will once again host some of the world’s most promising industry start-ups at its “Start-up City”, and will present the latest building solutions at the dedicated “Live Innovation Zone”.

-        Record free and certified educational offering

Beyond bringing to Dubai over 20,000 innovative products, the seven co-located events will also provide more than 220 complimentary high-level summits, practical seminars, and CPD-certified workshops to foster collaboration, support best practices, and provide effective solutions to today’s industry challenges.

At The Big 5, visitors will be able to attend the FutureTech Construction Summit and the Women in Construction Forum & Awards, along with the Architecture & Design Talks, the BIM Talks, the Technology Talks, the Project Management Talks, and the Offsite & Modular Construction Talks.

The Big 5 is organised by dmg events and runs from 25 to 28 November at the Dubai World Trade Centre from 11:00 to 19:00 daily. The event is free to attend to all pre-registered visitors.

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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.