Date: November 23 -26, 2015
Venue: Dubai World Trade Centre
Organiser: Dmg World Media (Dubai) Ltd
With a successful 2014 edition that included 81,401 participants with 2,801 exhibitors from 61 countries, The Big 5 is back, with a new focus this year.
The largest construction exhibition in the Middle East, The Big 5 serves as a networking platform for the construction product suppliers and buyers since 1979. With eight dedicated product zones and two co-located events (Middle East Concrete and PMV Live), the expo provides a 360o platform to the building and construction industry.
The 2014 edition included 81,401 participants with 2,801 exhibitors from 61 countries. The educational programme was CPD certified, delivering a record of over 40 certified, workshops, the successful ´How to Trade´ in the UAE seminar and a two-day high-level ´Sustainable Design and Construction Conference´.
What´s in store this year! At The Big 5 2015, one can look forward to a brand new hall titled ´The Big 5 Focus´ with even more educational events, conferences, CPD certified workshops, live product demonstrations and much more. Pointing out to this as one of the most exciting new additions is Josine Heijmans, Event Director, The Big 5. She says, ´This is a new feature with new exhibitors and products as well as two dedicated workshop theatres, including the highly popular project management seminars delivered in cooperation together with PMI UAE Khaleeji Chapter. We also have 75 CPD-certified workshops that are free for all visitors to attend, and this year is for the first time that they are organised into five themes: Sustainability, business and market intelligence, design and architecture, affordable housing and technology in construction.´
Exhibitors and footfall
With a huge number of participation witnessed from the UAE, the second biggest representation at the show in terms visitors and exhibitors from GCC countries is from Saudi Arabia, where there is an enormous construction sector. Additionally, a strong presence is also seen from Kuwait and Qatar. Heijmans adds, ´This year, we expect to have 85,000 participants at the event, and have had a strong response from exhibitors - we expect to have over 3,000.´ Considering the construction that is going on in the region, many people still see the Middle East as a key growth area for the construction sector, which is reflected in further growth of The Big 5 this year, and as Heijmans confirms, the pre-registered visitors shows a strong increase in comparison to last year.
The event is the perfect opportunity to introduce new products that are either new globally or are being introduced to the Middle East, which makes it an important platform for business development. Heijmans says, ´Many of our exhibitors come to the show to find the right partner as a distributor for them here in the market. So we host a dedicated event at The Big 5, where we bring local distributors and international exhibitors together, so it is easier to meet up. The challenge for them is that they are both usually exhibiting at the event, so this is an added extra that we organise to add value to their participation.´ And of course, there are wider benefits in bringing the whole construction sector together to create the perfect opportunity to match projects, products, and create other synergies in the market.
There are two co-located shows at
The Big 5, namely, Middle East Concrete and PMV Live. Of course, concrete is a key building material and the growth of the sector saw the event grow into a show of its own, although there are still a number of benefits of being co-located with The Big 5. This is the same with PMV Live, which has the big heavy machinery and lifting equipment. ´This is also a big part of the industry too, and without these shows we feel we would be disregarding a significant part of everything you need,´ avers Heijmans.
The UAE and other GCC governments have been introducing green building regulations, and the Big 5 team, through their educational workshops have worked closely with the Dubai Government. In fact, the Dubai Municipality will deliver a keynote speech at the Design Summit about Dubai´s green building evolution. Also, in the Sustainability Theatre, a representative of Dubai Municipality will be speaking on the latest updates of the green building regulations. Dubai Central Laboratories will give the latest ins and outs on what international companies and producers of building materials need to know to get materials tested and certified for use in the UAE.
Apart from the UAE government, the team has also worked closely with other GGC parties driving environmentally sustainable practices for green building design and development. For example, the Qatar Green Building Council will also participate in the Design Summit and dedicated workshops.
There is a lot of talk going on about the lower oil prices globally, but UAE has been successful in diversifying its GDP revenue away from the oil sector. Investment is evident in the building and infrastructure across the GCC, according to the Ventures Onsite Report GGC Construction Industry Trends & Challenges 2015. Plus, with Expo 2020 coming up, this trend is expected to develop into a positive mid to long-term outlook for the construction sector. In terms of The Big 5 bringing the industry together and exchanging the latest news about the market and technologies, Heijmans concludes, ´It creates a dialogue that can open up new investment opportunities.´