France’s Egis wins UAE’s rail network project

France’s Egis wins UAE’s rail network pr…

Monday, 28 May 2018 07:45

Egis has been awarded a project management consultancy (PMC) contract for the development of the UAE railway network (Stages 2 and 3). It will assist Etihad Rail, tasked with developing...

Telecom Egypt gets US$200mn financing facility for marine cable and working capital

Telecom Egypt gets US$200mn financing fa…

Monday, 28 May 2018 06:56

Telecom Egypt secured a US$200mn financing facility with the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), which it will use to buy a cross-border marine cable and boost internet services in the country

FAMCO wins Volvo Trucks’ UAE Driver Challenge, committed to safer practices

FAMCO wins Volvo Trucks’ UAE Driver Chal…

Sunday, 27 May 2018 05:25

Al-Futtaim Auto & Machinery Company (FAMCO) has named the best truck driver in the UAE in the 2018 Volvo Trucks Driver Challenge

Belgian firm Besix gets Shindagha Bridge Project

Belgian firm Besix gets Shindagha Bridge…

Sunday, 27 May 2018 05:16

Belhasa Six Construct, part of the Belgian Besix Group, has won a contract for the Shindagha Bridge Project in Dubai worth about US$107mn

Arabtec secures US$42.7mn Cairo construction project

Arabtec secures US$42.7mn Cairo construc…

Sunday, 27 May 2018 04:36

Construction company Arabtec Holding PJSC said its unit has received a contract worth US$42.7mn for a construction project in Cairo, Egypt

Driver Trett ’putts’ building relationships first

Driver Trett ’putts’ building relationsh…

Thursday, 24 May 2018 10:18

On 10 May, the Lighthouse Club Dubai held its “Summer Sizzler” Golf Day at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai

Al-Ahlia opens flagship showroom and service centre for MAN Truck & Bus in Kuwait

Al-Ahlia opens flagship showroom and ser…

Thursday, 24 May 2018 06:35

Al-Ahlia Heavy Vehicles Selling & Import Co, exclusive importer of MAN Truck & Bus in Kuwait, opened its newest facility for MAN trucks in the Middle East located in the...

Honeywell launches next-gen energy management platform for buildings

Honeywell launches next-gen energy manag…

Thursday, 24 May 2018 05:01

Honeywell has announced the launch of IQ®VISION, a next-generation building energy management system (BEMS) from Trend Control Systems 

Sadara and Harcros-ARA to establish facility in Saudi Arabia’s PlasChem Park

Sadara and Harcros-ARA to establish faci…

Wednesday, 23 May 2018 06:45

Sadara Chemical Company has signed a supply agreement with Harcros-ARA, a new venture being established by international manufacturer and distributor of industrial and specialty chemicals Harcros Chemicals Inc and Riyadh-based...

Ducab begins construction of its new headquarter in Jebel Ali

Ducab begins construction of its new hea…

Wednesday, 23 May 2018 06:12

Ducab, global manufacturer of high-quality cables and cabling products, has broken ground on its new global headquarter building in Jebel Ali

Work in progress for Cat and Al-Bahar’s first regional solar facility in Dubai

Work in progress for Cat and Al-Bahar’s …

Wednesday, 23 May 2018 06:08

Al-Bahar has completed its first solar photovoltaic (PV) project with Caterpillar Middle East, which includes design, installation and commissioning of a grid-tied solar PV plant for their regional facility. Assuring...

Grundfos Dubai updates ISO certification to the latest quality management standard

Grundfos Dubai updates ISO certification…

Tuesday, 22 May 2018 15:04

Grundfos, the market leader in advanced pump and water application systems, has recently updated its certification to ISO 9001.2015 – ISO’s latest flagship quality management standard, now globally recognised as...

Saudi Arabia joins TIR, eyes regional trade boost

Saudi Arabia joins TIR, eyes regional tr…

Tuesday, 22 May 2018 09:06

Saudi Arabia has become the 74th country to ratify the TIR Convention that will help improve and develop its transport sector, as outlined in its 2030 Vision and 2020 National...

Atlas Copco’s oil-injected screw compressor reduces energy consumption

Atlas Copco’s oil-injected screw compres…

Tuesday, 22 May 2018 06:58

Atlas Copco has launched the new air compressor, the GA 90+-160 (VSD+) oil-injected screw compressor range, aiming to achieve reduced energy consumption and ease of installation and service

Etisalat launches first commercial 5G network for MENA

Etisalat launches first commercial 5G ne…

Tuesday, 22 May 2018 06:48

Telecom company Etisalat has launched its first commercial 5G wireless network in the UAE, the first by any operator in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region

SAMENA Summit 2018 focuses on building Middle East's digital economy

SAMENA Summit 2018 focuses on building M…

Tuesday, 22 May 2018 06:46

The South Asia-Middle East-North Africa (SAMENA) region’s annual leadership event, the SAMENA Telecommunications Council's Leaders' Summit 2018, has discussed the importance of enabling telecom operators and regulatory authorities to collaborate...

Big 5 2011 a success - sees 6 per cent increase in participation

Big_5__2011 The Big 5 2011 attracted more than 49,000 participants, an increase of 6 per cent on the previous year's participation figures.Held in November at Dubai, The Big 5 2011 attracted more than 49,000 participants, an increase of 6 per cent on the previous year's participation figures.

The co-located shows Middle East Concrete, PMV Live and FM Expo as well as the newly introduced product zones created a more coherent event experience for construction industry exhibitors and visitors, with an easy and efficient navigation through the halls based on their product interest.

The show floor featured a mixture of product specific sections as well as the traditional National Pavilions, of which there were 32 popular features. The Gaia Awards and The Platinum Club returned in 2011 ; the Green Build Congress was launched and over 130 free to attend product and educational seminars were organised.

Gaia Awards

For the first time this year, the Gaia Awards, which honours companies who have contributed towards reducing the impact of construction on the environment, was open also to non-exhibitors and the response was nothing short of overwhelming.

This year's Gold winner, Enocean Technology by Nuuon Trading LLc, was assessed by the judges as a world and sector leading technology with innovative and energy efficient features, generating high level benefits to other building systems.

Green Build Congress

The Big 5 2011 also saw the introduction of the Green Build Congress, with over 40 of the region's most influential industry leaders, who spoke to an audience of 250 delegates from the building and construction industry.


Feedback from attendees highlighted that there is still a strong desire to improve sustainability in the region's construction industry. Over 90 per cent of those who fed back believed that buildings in the Middle East are not yet sustainable enough, though 92 per cent of those questioned did not think it was too late to conserve the Middle East's environment. Over 60 per cent believed that it is possible for commercial growth and environmental conservation to work together.

The Platinum Club

The Platinum Club also resumed this year, bringing together high-level construction industry players, with spending budgets in excess of US$100m. This year the Club saw a 25 per cent increase on 2010 participation with the number of buyers increasing from 499 to 628 in 2011, accounting for billions of dollars worth of purchasing power and providing a broader focus group for future research into industry requirements and expectations of The Big 5.

The next Big 5 show will take place in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, from 10-13 March 2012.

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