THE MIDDLE EAST CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY CONSIDERED ONE OF THE TOP LOCATIONS TO INVEST, ACCORDING TO GROUND-BREAKING NEW REPORT

THE MIDDLE EAST CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY CONSIDERED ONE OF THE TOP LOCATIONS TO INVEST, ACCORDING TO GROUND-BREAKING NEW REPORT

 

  • GCC and the wider Middle East were recognised for standout construction opportunities based on responses from nearly 6,000 global industry professionals from 136 countries
  • Research revealed today during the inaugural CEO Forum at The Big 5
  • The 40th edition of the construction event takes place from 25 – 28 November at the Dubai World Trade Centre

 

 

The Middle East and Africa’s largest construction event, The Big 5, which takes place from 25 – 28 November, has officially revealed a first of its kind research paper, The Voice of the Construction Industry Report during the CEO Forum on its opening day.

The report is based on research conducted by GRS Research & Strategy Middle East, in conjunction with The Big 5. A total of 5,951 senior construction industry professionals were surveyed from 136 different countries on the trends and outlook of the construction sector in the GCC, Middle East and Africa. 

[Related: THE BIG 5 TO LAUNCH MAJOR NEW CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY REPORT]

The Voice of the Construction Industry Report presented at The Big 5's CEO Forum
The Voice of the Construction Industry Report presented at The Big 5's CEO Forum

 

Ben Greenish, Senior Vice President of dmg events said:

“Thanks to the size, strength and history of The Big 5, we not only deliver a world-class trade event, we are also a trusted source of insight and intelligence for the construction industry.  This new research from a huge cross section of senior construction professionals underscores our reputation as a source of knowledge, and helps global industry stakeholders generate revenues, save money, and shape future strategies.”
“The responses come from professionals in sectors including manufacturing and distribution through to developers, contractors, engineers, architects and consultants,  with each being 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,” added Greenish.

The research revealed that the GCC and the wider Middle East were the standout opportunities recognised by respondents not already active in those regions when considering where their business may look for opportunities in the future. 

Of the GCC countries, respondents felt there were the most opportunities to be found in the United Arab Emirates (56%) followed by Saudi Arabia (44.4%). In line with these findings, 36% of those interviewed said their business would enter the UAE within the next 12 months either directly or via a joint venture.

According to Andrea Piccin, Partner - General Manager, GRS Research & Strategy, the findings represent good news for the UAE and the wider Middle East region:

“Economic growth is seen as a key factor generating business opportunities in the GCC. This is undoubtedly piquing the interest of international companies, which are now looking to expand in the Middle East for the first time.”
“Also, the increase in tourism, particularly in the UAE, is a major driver for business growth and one that many construction companies have already capitalised upon,” he added.
Andrea Piccin - Partner - General Manager, GRS Research & Strategy
Andrea Piccin - Partner - General Manager, GRS Research & Strategy

 

As part of the research, the top trends impacting all aspects of the construction industry were addressed with respondents stating prefabrication and modular construction, energy efficiency, and sustainability are the most important.

“These trends reflect the UAE and Saudi governments’ recent focus on the development of smart and sustainable cities. According to the results, it is anticipated during the next 12 months governments from these two countries will place even greater emphasis in these key areas providing an additional boost for the industry,” added Piccin.

Panel Discussion at the CEO Forum
Panel Discussion at the CEO Forum

 

Technology and the impact it has on the construction industry is also outlined within the data. Advanced software, building information modeling (BIM), and digitalisation are identified as the top three disrupters of the sector. These are closely followed by the Internet of Things (IoT) and smart technology, and 3D printing. 

The Voice of the Construction Industry Report was unveiled at The Big 5’s invite-only CEO Forum, a conference for 150 CEOs from the region’s leading construction firms, which took place at The Big 5’s opening day.


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 https://www.thebig5.ae/lp/industry-report/.

Read more about The Voice of The Construction Industry Report in the preview press release:

Media Contact:

Jessica Scopacasa
Jessica Scopacasa Senior Public Relations Manager at dmg events
Elisha Dessurne
Elisha Dessurne Public Relations Executive at dmg events

 

 

Industry News Event Updates
About The Big 5

25 - 28 November 2019, Dubai World Trade Centre

The Big 5 is the region’s largest and most influential event for the construction industry.

Since 1979, the event has launched hundreds of thousands of products boosting the expansion of the Middle East and African markets. It has facilitated partnerships, advanced knowledge and industry best practices, while serving as the gateway for international companies to access the region.

Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, the event is set 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. 

For the first time, The Big 5 covers the full construction cycle. Not only does it showcase products across six dedicated product sectors: MEP services, Building Interiors & Finishes, Building Envelope & Special Construction, Construction Tools & Building Materials, Construction Technology & Innovation, and the all new Offsite & Modular Construction.

It also runs alongside six specialised events enabling industry professionals to source products from around the globe for every stage of the construction projects: The Big 5 Heavy, Middle East Concrete, HVAC R Expo, Middle East Stone, The Big 5 Solar, and the Urban Design & Landscape Expo.

Beyond bringing to Dubai over 20,000 innovative building solutions to over 68,000 expected visitors, the seven co-located events 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.

In order to promote technological innovation in the construction sector, the event also features The Big 5’s Start-Up City, the Live Innovation Zone, and the FutureTech Construction Summit, among others.

The Big 5 is organised by dmg events and is free to attend for all pre-registered visitors. Free online registration closes on 24 November 2019; 200 AED entrance fee will be charged to non-registered visitors.

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To know more, visit www.thebig5.ae


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