Reaching a remarkable milestone in Dubai, The Big 5, the Middle East’s largest construction event, will celebrate its 40th anniversary this year.
On the backdrop of four decades of success, the mega show will turn into a global hub for the entire construction industry at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) from 25 to 28 November.
The Big 5 2019, aimed at supporting one of the major pillars to the region’s economy, will feature more product sectors than ever before, alongside six co-located shows offering 360-degree building solutions - from the inception to the completion of all construction projects, said the event organisers.
This year, the expo will combine the benefits of dedicated events with a truly comprehensive platform able to attract a global audience from over 130 countries to Dubai, for four days of face-to-face business meetings. These inlcude:
* The Big 5 Heavy, the largest exhibition dedicated to the infrastructure and heavy construction industry in the Middle East;
* Middle East Concrete, the leading platform for the concrete industry in the region;
* HVAC R Expo Dubai, Middle East’s leading platform connecting the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration industry;
* Middle East Stone, the region’s premier event for natural stone, marble, granite, design and technology;
* The Big 5 Solar, the Middle East’s only dedicated platform for solar solutions in construction;and
* Urban Design & Landscape Expo, the region’s premier trade event for urban green spaces.
“We are thrilled to announce that this year our events are all back side by side,” remarked Josine Heijmans, the portfolio director at dmg events.
“The spectrum of products and solutions for the construction industry will be wider than ever. 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,” she stated.
To facilitate communication across the industry, The Big 5 will also launch the CEO Roundtable this year, gathering the who’s who of the construction industry in a closed door setup.
Moreover, after the successful launch of the Start-Up City, the Live Innovation Zone, and the FutureTech Construction Summit in 2018, innovation and technology will take centre stage in the upcoming edition of the show, added Heijmans.
As part of the 40-year anniversary celebrations, The Big 5 will this year introduce the brand new Offsite & Modular Construction Sector.
“As new technologies emerge, the different industry functions must come together and collaborate throughout all the stages of a project. That’s why at The Big 5 we firmly believe in promoting an environment where silos are broken down, allowing for an effective communication to finally take place among all the stakeholders involved in the construction process,” explained Heijmans.
“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,” she added.
Beyond bringing to Dubai thousands of innovative products, The Big 5 will also provide complimentary high-level summits, practical seminars, workshops, and round tables to foster collaboration, support best practices, and provide effective solutions to today’s industry challenges.
Launched in 1979, the same year Jebel Ali Port started its operations in Dubai, The Big 5 has been a key player within the booming construction industry in the Middle East, said the organisers.
The event has grown from strength to strength, reflecting the growth of the UAE and the broader region, they stated.
Over the past four decades, The Big 5 has launched hundreds of thousands of products boosting the expansion of the regional market. It has facilitated partnerships, advanced knowledge and industry best practices, while serving as the gateway for international companies to do business and expand in the Middle East.
Today, The Big 5 is the number one annual meeting place for the global construction community to network, learn and do business in the region and beyond, as the Mena market keeps attracting industry players from around the world.
Last year, 2,250 exhibitors had taken part in the show, which welcomed more than 68,000 construction professionals from 132 countries.-TradeArabia News Service