Date: November 21-24, 2011Venue: Dubai, UAEOrganiser: DMG: Events Middle EastA global networking platform, an unrivalled access to information, an astounding array of latest technologies are some of the features of the Big 5, 2011.The Big 5, for the last 30 years, has been providing a business and networking platform for the construction industry in the UAE. The event provides an opportunity to its buyers and sellers from around the world to source an astounding array of the latest technologies, innovations and techniques. Moreover, the event provides an unrivalled access to information, intelligence, contacts and hands on experience. Experts from around the world engage in the industry's most topical discussions, finding solutions, facing challenges and seizing opportunities. The 2011 edition of The Big 5 is scheduled to be held November 21-24 at Dubai International Exhibition and Convention Centre in Dubai.Who ExhibitsIn 2010, 2,150 exhibitors from 71 countries and 27 national pavilions exhibited at The Big 5. These exhibitors represented the entire portfolio of construction products across core sectors of real estate, infrastructure, industry, power and water. The exhibits for 2011 include products and services such as marble, ceramic, stone, glass and glazing, metal, wood, plastic and composite, bathrooms and kitchens, HVAC, electrical systems, communications, plumbing/water technology, fire suppression and protection, pipelines, etc.VisitorsOver 35,000 buyers attend The Big 5 to source the latest construction products and technologies. In 2010 the around 22,716 visitors from UAE attended the exhibition. A majority of these visitors were from Dubai (14,903), followed by Abu Dhabi (3,220), Sharjah (2,951) and other Emirates (1,642). The other GCC countries were represented by Saudi Arabia (1,871), Oman (752), Qatar (566) and Bahrain (472)Over 80 free-to-attend seminarsInteractive, practical, seminars will run throughout each day of the event. These will deliver real life case studies, innovative products in-depth technical analysis and best practice guidelines and information.Interactive DemonstrationsVisitors will get hands-on experience of the industry through interactive product demonstrations that will run throughout the day.Green Build CongressThe Green Build Congress, to be held at the event, will provide a platform for knowledge sharing and debating on topics related to environmental impact. Speakers will include Dr Nawal Al Hosany, Associate Director-Sustainability, Masdar City; Keith Clark, Head-Sustainability, Atkins; Adrian Smith, Principal, Adrian Smith + Gordon Hill; Mario Seneviratne, Director - Sustainability, US Green Building Council and Prof Jean-Louis Scartezzini, Director, Solar Energy and Building Physics Laboratory EPFL. An exclusive speaker panel of global politicians, ministers, CEOs, environmentalists and guideline authorities will come together to discuss and define a vision for a green and sustainable future.Gaia AwardsThe Gaia Awards will honour those products that have truly integrated the concept of green. Supported by BGreen, this year the awards will not be limited to only exhibitors but will also include thosewhose products are distributed within the Middle East.