Date: 05-08 November, 2012 Venue: Dubai World Trade Centre Organiser: dmg:: events Middle East The Middle East's largest event for the building and construction industry - Big 5, 2012 hosted over 2,300 exhibitors from 64 countries, and around 32,000 visitors. his event has a history spanning over 30 years, and over this period we have grown and evolved to ensure we meet the diversifying needs of our exhibitors and visitors", says Andy White, event director for The Big 5. "Many of our exhibitors have been participating in The Big 5 since its inception but their requirements have changed significantly since then, and will continue to do each year, as the industry matures and evolves." Last year, the exhibition was subdivided into product sectors, making it much easier for all participants to access potential business contacts and source products and services of relevance. This year's event further emphasised that focus with six main product sector areas: kitchens, bathrooms and surfaces (inclusive of marble, stone and ceramic); HVAC; steel; water technology; coatings, adhesives and sealants; windows andoors. With co-located shows, FM Expo, Middle East Concrete and PMV Live, participants had access to the complete range of construction and building products and services. The power of knowledge Spread across 44,000 sq m, The Big 5 2012 also hosted a number of informative and education conferences, seminars and workshops that deli vered the most relevant news and research. A popular feature of the event, the Green Build Conference addresses prominent issues in the construction sector. Speakers from Dubai Municipality, Masdar City, Atkins, Habtoor Leighton, Mott McDonald and Emirates Green Building Council express their views during this two-day conference, covering topics ranging from the value of green building to construction waste management, and greening existing buildings. Following a successful launch in 2011, with more than 130 free educational seminars, the feature returned this year. The seminars focused on products, innovations, technologies and regulations within the GCC - an excellent opportunity for regional companies to showcase their expertise to an international audience. Both exhibitors and visitors got the opportunit to host seminars with sessions running each day of the event. A new addition to the 2012 event included two LEED workshops, focussing on core concepts and also implementation. These were organised by Mario Seneviratne, a LEED fellow and director of sustainability at Green Technologies FZCO. Rewarding Green The Big 5 has been committed to championing green initiatives over the past few years. The Gaia Awards; now in its fourth year, have become a leading recognition for companies who honour green building initiatives. Comprising seven categories, spanning a number of industry sectors, these awards are selected by a panel of experts from across the regional and international building and construction industry. White concluded, "The sentiment towards the regional construction industry is very optimistic, and the opportunities have attracted significant interest from across the world, particularly as Europe continues to face challenges."