• The Big 5 research has revealed representatives of the UAE’s construction industry most satisfied when rating the performance of their company
  • 60% of respondents expecting to see an increase in their company’s turnover this year
  • The full report will be launched on the opening day of The Big 5, at the inaugural CEO Forum

The Middle East’s largest construction event, The Big 5,  which takes place from 25 – 28 November, will launch its first Voice of the Construction Industry Report during the opening day of the conference. 

The inaugural report, which is based on a survey carried out by GRS Research & Strategy Middle East, in conjunction with The Big 5 represents the views of 5,951 senior construction industry professionals, based in 136 different countries, making it the largest of its kind. 

“This report has been made possible by the size, strength and standing of The Big 5, which celebrates its fortieth anniversary this year,” said Josine Heijmans, Portfolio Director at dmg events. 
“We’ve used our event’s market reach to speak to the entire construction industry value chain, from manufacturers and distributors through to contractors, engineers, architects and consultants, the findings are relevant to anyone whose work intersects with the construction industry,” added Heijmans. 

The responses have been segmented by business type, seniority, geographic location, and company turnover, allowing for a detailed analysis of the issues influencing each sector and how they are shaping the industry.

The Voice of the Construction Industry Report will be unveiled at The Big 5’s invite-only CEO Forum, a conference for 150 CEOs from the region’s leading construction firms. 

The findings of the research included:

  • The UAE has the highest percentage of companies given 5 out of 5 (26.8% of the total) by respondents asked: “How satisfied are you with the current performance of your company?”, with the country ranked number one by average score. By that same average score measure, European organisations came in just behind, with 25.3% given 5 out of 5.
  • Some 60% of respondents are expecting to see an increase in their company’s turnover this year. Manufacturers and technology providers lead the ranking in terms of business types that expect to see an increase.
  • In every region considered, more than half of the companies expect the turnover to increase; across Africa (excluding South Africa), 74.8% of companies are expecting growth.
  • Energy efficiency, prefabrication, and sustainability are the three biggest trends influencing the industry.
  • More than 45% of the survey respondents are C-suite executives or business owners.

A preliminary edition of the report is available for download, offering a preview of the report’s findings on the mood and outlook for the entire construction sector. The report can be found

Price and availability

The Voice of the Construction Industry Report launches on the opening day of The Big 5 in Dubai, Monday 25 November 2019.

At The Big 5, for the duration of the event, which runs until Thursday 28 November at the Dubai World Trade Centre, the report will be available to purchase the special exhibition price of $250.

Online, during and after the event, copies of the report will be available for $750.

To download the preliminary edition of the report and to reserve a copy of the full report, please visit

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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.