WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE 40TH EDITION OF THE BIG 5

From its humble beginnings in 1979 to the number one meeting place for the global construction community in the Middle East and Africa, The Big 5 gets set for the introduction of a new show concept on its 40th anniversary in Dubai

On the backdrop of four decades of success, dmg events, the organisers of The Big 5, announce that it will turn into a global hub for the entire construction industry aimed at boosting one of the major pillars to the region’s economy. For the first time, The Big 5 covers the full construction cycle alongside six specialised shows: The Big 5 Heavy, Middle East Concrete, HVAC R Expo, Middle East Stone, The Big 5 Solar, and the Urban Design & Landscape Expo.

[Read more about The Big 5 Heavy and Middle East Concrete: WHAT TO EXPECT: 2 SUMMITS, 2 CONFERENCES, AND TECHNICAL SEMINARS FOCUS ON TECHNOLOGY AT THE BIG 5 HEAVY AND MIDDLE EAST CONCRETE]

[Read more about Middle East Stone:
THE 5TH ANNUAL MIDDLE EAST STONE EVENT PRESENTS THE STONE DESIGN SEMINARS]

[Read more about HVAC R Expo:
ALL NEW HVAC R PIONEERS’ SUMMIT TO GATHER INDUSTRY LEADERS AT HVAC R EXPO IN DUBAI]

[Read more about The Big 5 Solar:
INTERNATIONAL HEAVYWEIGHTS PAVE THE WAY TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE CITIES AT THE BIG 5 SOLAR]

Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, the region’s largest and most influential event for the construction industry is set to support more than 2,390 local and international exhibitors from 66 countries boosting business and showcasing 20,000+ building solutions and products to 68,000+ expected participants from 130+ countries.

[Related: THE BIG 5 TURNS 40 - BUILDING DUBAI AND THE MENA REGION]

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

“This year, The Big 5 will combine the benefits of seven dedicated events with a truly comprehensive platform able to attract a global audience for four days of face-to-face business meetings. The spectrum of products and solutions for the construction industry will be wider than ever, and construction professionals will be able to grasp what’s going on in the industry and take advantage of the different disciplines across the entire lifecycle of the projects being finally together, under one roof.”

In the backdrop of last year’s success, The Big 5 brings back its popular features dedicated to promoting innovation and technology in the construction sector. The Start-Up City will offer a glimpse of tomorrow’s construction industry as start-ups get the opportunity to inject innovative ideas, creative approaches, and a good dose of entrepreneurial spirit into the industry, while the Live Innovation Zone brings to life the latest technological advances in a live and interactive way.

[Related: SEARCHING FOR A UNICORN IN THE MIDDLE EAST]

The high-level Future-Tech Construction Summit returns on 27 November with an exciting new agenda focused on five trending topics: Artificial Intelligence, Digital Asset Management and Digital Twins, Smart Home, Smart Buildings and IoT, BIM, and 3D printing, VR, AR and drones.

[Related: THE BIG 5: DRIVING FUTURE CONSTRUCTION STRATEGIES]

For the first time this year, The Big 5 will also introduce the brand new Offsite & Modular Construction Sector with a dedicated educational agenda. “With rapid and efficient construction delivery being in high demand, buyers require state-of-the-art offsite and modular construction solutions for residential, educational, healthcare as well as commercial applications. The Offsite & Modular Talks simultaneously sheds light on advances in offsite and modular construction, analysing new challenges and opportunities for prefab in the region,” Heijmans said.

[Related: THE BIG 5 LAUNCHES THE NEW OFFSITE & MODULAR CONSTRUCTION SECTOR]

Beyond bringing to Dubai thousands of innovative products, the event will provide complimentary, high-level summits, practical seminars, 240+ CPD-certified workshops and round tables to foster collaboration, support best practices, and provide effective solutions to today’s industry challenges.

With regional governments continuing to invest heavily in infrastructure, 150 CEOs from the region’s leading construction firms will attend The Big 5’s inaugural invite-only CEO Forum on 25 November to discuss current challenges, trends, and strategies to support the growth of the sector. The first Voice of the Construction Industry Report developed by The Big 5 in collaboration with GRS Research & Strategy Middle East - the most extensive research conducted in the construction sector based on the responses of nearly 6,000 industry stakeholders from 136 countries - will be launched during the forum.

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

Returning for the second year on the 27 November, The Big 5's Women in Construction (WIC) Forum & Awards is a powerful initiative focused on gender balance, D&I and women in leadership, hosting A-list profiles, both men and women, who are paving the way for a new era in the traditionally male-dominated construction field. This year, supporting the Women Empowerment Principles (WEPs), an initiative of the UN Women and the UN Global Compact, the largest sustainability network in the world, the Women in Construction Forum & Awards also hosts an official Certificate Ceremony for the companies willing to come together and sign the WEPs.

[Related: THE BIG 5 TO SUPPORT THE WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT PRINCIPLES IN 2019]

Speaking ahead of the WIC Forum & Awards, event speaker and head of technical services & global director of Drees & Sommer, Morgan Tuckness, said: “There has been a big mental shift in the industry over the past few years and the inclusion of women professionals has become more important and relevant. However, the policies that would enable them to perform and succeed are still lacking. It is platforms such as The Big 5's WIC Forum & Awards that will form solutions and build connections across the industry with like-minded individuals.”

[Read the full Q&A with Morgan Tuckness: SPEAKER INTERVIEW - MORGAN TUCKNESS]

Organised by dmg events, The Big 5 will run from 25 - 28 November 2019 at the Dubai World Trade Centre. To know more, visit www.thebig5.ae.

The event in numbers:

  • 20,000+ products from around the world
  • 220+ CPD-certified workshops
  • 40th edition
  • 7 events under one roof
  • 1 Voice of the Construction Industry Report

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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


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 www.dmgevents.com.

Founded in 1989, the company is headquartered in Dubai, UAE, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Daily Mail and General Trust plc (DMGT, www.dmgt.co.uk), one of the largest media companies in the United Kingdom.