Drake & Scull awards Transguard three-year MEP contract

Drake & Scull awards Transguard thre…

Thursday, 30 March 2017 06:04

Transguard has secured a three-year fixed mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) contract for 650 employees with Drake & Scull International 

Saudi Arabia to create joint investment fund to aid Jordan

Saudi Arabia to create joint investment …

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 11:48

Saudi Arabia will set up a US$3bn joint investment fund for Jordan, among 15 cooperation agreements signed by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud during a visit to Amman

Industry collaboration supports integration of renewable electricity by enabling hydrogen addition to natural gas

Industry collaboration supports integrat…

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 07:13

DNV GL are leading the HyReady Joint Industry Project to ‘be ready for hydrogen’

Omantel replaces and expands national power park with John Deere-powered SDMO gensets

Omantel replaces and expands national po…

Tuesday, 28 March 2017 07:14

Oman’s leading telecoms provider Omantel replaces and expands national power park with John Deere-powered SDMO generator sets

Mercedes-Benz to supply 540 trucks to Saudi Arabia’s Al Khaldi Transport Group

Mercedes-Benz to supply 540 trucks to Sa…

Tuesday, 28 March 2017 07:03

Al Khaldi Transport Group, from Damman, Saudi Arabia, has ordered 540 medium and heavy-duty Mercedes-Benz trucks, with all 540 trucks coming with a full service and maintenance contract

DEWA and GE to collaborate on 3D printing and additive manufacturing projects

DEWA and GE to collaborate on 3D printin…

Tuesday, 28 March 2017 04:35

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has signed an MoU with GE Additive to collaborate on 3D printing, additive manufacturing and digital technologies for the ‘Industrial Internet’

Alara Resources signs off-take agreement for Oman’s copper mine

Alara Resources signs off-take agreement…

Monday, 27 March 2017 05:47

Alara Resources Limited, an Australian minerals exploration company with projects in Saudi Arabia and Oman, has signed an off-take agreement for the supply of copper concentrate from Al Hadeetha Project...

The Big 5 Saudi 2017 will host more than 500 exhibitors

The Big 5 Saudi 2017 will host more than…

Sunday, 26 March 2017 08:22

The seventh edition of Saudi Arabia’s largest and fastest growing construction show will open its doors to thousands of industry professionals tomorrow at the Jeddah Centre for Forums and Events...

JCB Power Products wins US$11.22mn rental order in Middle East

JCB Power Products wins US$11.22mn renta…

Sunday, 26 March 2017 05:51

Generator manufacturer JCB Power Products has won its biggest export order of the year for its new RS rental range with a multi-million dollar deal in the Middle East

Technical Review Middle East weekly digest - 19 - 25 March

Technical Review Middle East weekly dige…

Sunday, 26 March 2017 04:00

Here is a brief overview of the week's new on technicalreview.me/, from 20 - 27 March 2017

Demag KBK modular cranes now come with lower load capacity

Demag KBK modular cranes now come with l…

Sunday, 26 March 2017 03:23

Extending cranes in the lower load capacity range have been added to the Demag KBK modular crane construction kit

Moroccan tech city boosted by US$10bn preliminary funding deal

Moroccan tech city boosted by US$10bn pr…

Thursday, 23 March 2017 07:15

The new industrial and technology hub, located close to the city of Tangiers, will be funded by Chinese group Haite 002023.SZ, BMCE's Bank of Africa and the Moroccan government According to Construction News, the...

DEWA CEO reviews Phase III of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park

DEWA CEO reviews Phase III of Mohammed b…

Thursday, 23 March 2017 04:38

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), met with Mohammed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO of the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) to...

DP World CEO and Panama President discuss logistics and industrial parks in Panama

DP World CEO and Panama President discus…

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 06:51

DP World Group chairman and chairman of Ports, Customs and Freezones Corporation Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem met with the President of Panama Juan Carlos Varela to explore logistics and industrial...

MB Crusher can turn equipment into one-machine mobile plant

MB Crusher can turn equipment into one-m…

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 05:20

MB Crusher – together with its branch office MB America, Inc. – had a huge showcase at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017 in Las Vegas, crushing and screening with an excavator and skid...

SDLG wheel loaders provide reliability at Qatar quarry

SDLG wheel loaders provide reliability a…

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 06:23

Three SDLG wheel loaders are working round-the-clock feeding, crushing and screening equipment in Qatar, without any significant downtime

The Big 5 bringing in new opportunities to drive business


An estimated US$915 billion worth of construction projects are expected to be undertaken in the GCC over the next two years, with Saudi Arabia and the UAE accounting for more than 75 per cent of that figure.

With business consistently on the increase, the building and construction industry has a continual need to evolve, and The Big 5 2011 will be introducing new features and opportunities to help drive business forward.

"The Big 5 exhibition has been on a journey alongside the industry over the past few years," commented Andy White, event director for The Big 5 2011, "and we are constantly in touch with exhibitors and leading industry experts to ensure that what is on offer over the four-day event is in tune with business being done."

Following a round table discussion with members of The Big 5 Platinum Club, key decision makers from the industry with budgets of over $100 million, it became apparent that a need for knowledge share with a focus on products and sustainability was being increasingly sought out.


The event has therefore made a significant commitment to creating additional platforms for discussion and showcasing new products together with applications and solutions. Product specific seminars and green issues will be taking centre stage at the 2011 event, with dedicated arenas for exhibitors and industry experts to showcase innovative technology and relevant applications.

This increasing importance of knowledge share across a number of sectors has also generated the creation of more than 80 free-to-attend seminars. Led by experts from the field who have collaborated on some of the most challenging projects seen across the globe, these seminars will include information on key products and technologies, with real life case studies, analysis of challenges and solutions.

There will also be seminars dedicated to international exhibitors, who want to find out further information about doing business in the region, how to set up and office and how a manufacturer can go about setting up a contract with a local distributer.

Taking place from 21-14 November at Dubai International Conference & Exhibition Centre, The Big 5 will also be continuing its support of sustainability and green building. The Green Build Congress will provide an opportunity for all construction sectors to understand further the drivers for sustainable change, as well as gain experience in the practical elements of benchmarking and implementation.


Global politicians, CEOs and experts involved in the strategic planning and execution of sustainable processes will be presenting their own theories and experiences relating to green technologies and practices in the region. The event will include a 'Vision Day' with industry experts defining their vision for a green and sustainable future, followed by a two-day 'Action Forum' enabling action of a green strategy in an interactive, practical and engaging event format.

Mr. White continues: "This year, feedback has shown that there needs be a strong focus on products, what is new in the market and what products can help construction processes more efficient and more sustainable. We are constantly searching for new and innovative ways to evolve and ensure the event is completely in sync with the industry. Feedback this year has provided us with a clear direction and a strong four-day programme that propels The Big 5 into a new era."

Mohammed Al Saadi, Marketing Department Manager at Qatar Steel Company, commented, "The Big 5 is an excellent platform, serving the purpose of networking, showcasing and image building all at a time. Qatar Steel, one of the leading brands in the Middle East in the Steel industry, continues to be the part of The Big 5 Carbon Neutral Show, for the 5th time in a row in a campaign towards reducing carbon emissions."

The Big 5 anticipates building on last year's phenomenal success; BPA audit figures from 2010 saw an unprecedented seven per cent increase in visitor attendance from 45,177 visits in 2009 to 48,366 visits in 2010, with exhibitors from over 70 countries occupying a vast 37,872 net square feet of floor space.


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