Date: March 28-31, 2016
Venue: Oman International Exhibition
Centre Organiser: Omanexpo
Having continuously taken the growth path since its first edition in 2002, The Big Show Oman is set take-off with new and exciting innovations and launches this year.
Oman´s building and construction industry remains promising despite the current oil crisis. This can be credited to the ongoing investments in infrastructure, hotels and resorts, retail and commercial developments, and residential schemes. Thanks to the government intensifying its economic diversification plans, investment opportunities in the real estate, retail, healthcare, tourism and hospital sectors, are contributing significantly to the industry. The construction sector is one of the main non-oil contributors to Oman´s GDP, it will help sustain the growth of key industries such as steel, cement, services and trading. Currently, there are approximately 900 existing projects in the industrial zones, such as Duqm and Salalah, with 242 under construction that will enter the operating stage within two years.
Adding to this contribution in a significant way is The BIG Show Oman 2016. Being initially branded as Interiors & Buildex, this event has continuously taken the growth path since the launch of its first edition in 2002. Nader Abbas, General Manager, Omanexpo, shares, ´From 38 exhibitors with an an exhibition space of 3,000 sq m, The BIG Show Oman has grown to almost 400 exhibitors in an exhibition space of 18,000 sq m in its last edition. On an average, the show is growing at about 15 per cent in each edition.´
The ´success´ factor
The success of the event is measured by its demand in terms of its frequency. Abbas reveals: ´When the show was launched, until 2006, it was a biennial event. Now, the show is held every year. In 2009, it was certified a UFI-approved event by UFI - the global association of the exhibition industry.
And, in 2010, it was rebranded from Interiors & Buildex to The BIG Show, to further strengthen its image and market position.´
The 2016 edition will see the participation of a Kuwait pavilion, which is happening for the first time for any exhibition in Oman; it will feature 18 companies from Kuwait. This year will also bring-in 25 companies from India through the Federation of Indian Exhibition Organisers (FIEO).
Participants will see over 1,000 new and innovative products and services from the ceramic and marble, doors and windows, kitchen and bathroom, interior design, HVAC, water technologies, green energy, pools and spa, construction tools and equipment, steel, concrete and cement, and wood and woodworking machinery segments.
Last year, the show witnessed a footfall of about 15,000 participants. And, this year, the event is expected to see a 10 per cent increase in participation from consultants, traders and contractors, engineers, importers, suppliers and property developers. It also hopes to see more participation from the architect and interior design segments. Abbas says, ´Ahead of 2017, we are planning to boost our interior design segment by organising a dedicated show alongside The BIG Show.´ In all, the event will bring together stakeholders, industry professionals and end-buyers from the building construction and interior design sectors. Read on to know what key exhibitors have to say about the event this year.
´This edition will see the participation of a Kuwait pavilion, for the first time in Oman for any exhibition.´ - Nader Abbas, General Manager, Omanexpodia
Nader Abbas, General Manager, Omanexpo, tells us what visitors can expect at the event and how it can benefit the UAE´s building and construction market.
What´s in store for the Big Show Oman 2016? What will make this year´s exhibition different from the previous editions?
The 2016 edition will see the participation of a Kuwait pavilion, which is happening for the first time in Oman, for any exhibition. It will feature 18 companies from Kuwait. This edition will also bring in 25 companies from India through the Federation of Indian Exhibition Organisers (FIEO).
What can a visitor expect at the Big Show Oman this year?
Visitors will see over 1,000 new and innovative products and services from the ceramic and marble, doors and windows, kitchen and bathroom, interior design, HVAC, water technologies, green energy, pools and spa, construction tools and equipment, steel, concrete and cement, and wood and woodworking machinery segments. The pool and spa systems are the main attraction; these were introduced to Oman in the 2014 edition of the Big Show.
What is the business opportunity like at the Big Show Oman?
The show, in the last edition, has seen the signing of onsite deals worth an estimated OMR 1.5 million. This is a proof of the return on investment (ROI) for our exhibitors, and they are happy about it. The show offers various new and unique opportunities for businesses, especially with the multi-million infrastructure and tourism projects happening all across the Sultanate. Companies that would like to introduce their products or services, can easily acquire direct contacts and sign partnerships or deals.
As an organiser, what are the main challenges you faced this year in setting up the event?
The main challenge we have come across in this edition, is the increase in oil prices and the resulting oil crisis, which have had an indirect impact on exhibitor participation.
How is the Omani Government showing their support to this event?
The Oman Government has shown its support through its investment promotion arm, ITHRAA (Public Authority for Investment Promotion and Export Development), where their representatives are present to support and provide information at The BIG Show, during presentations on investment opportunities outside Oman. The identification of the construction sector as one of the top priority sectors, indirectly provides opportunities for investment and trade, for which the show serves as a platform.