Saudi Building Code compulsory for large construction projects in the kingdom

Saudi Building Code compulsory for large…

Thursday, 19 April 2018 06:11

It is compulsory to follow the Saudi Building Code for the large construction projects in the country, as recommended by the National Committee for the Saudi Building Code committee

HyperloopTT to build first commercial Hyperloop System in the UAE

HyperloopTT to build first commercial Hy…

Thursday, 19 April 2018 06:02

The US-based Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HyperloopTT) has signed an agreement with Aldar Properties PJSC, one of the leading real estate developers in Abu Dhabi, to build a Hyperloop system, Hyperloop...

MENA truck market to register CAGR of 3.4 per cent by 2027

MENA truck market to register CAGR of 3.…

Wednesday, 18 April 2018 12:01

A report published by Future Market Insights titled ‘Commercial Vehicles (Trucks) Market: Middle East & North Africa (MENA) Industry Analysis 2012 – 2016 and Opportunity Assessment 2017-2027’ estimates a revenue...

Rockwell Automation to host Automation University event in Abu Dhabi

Rockwell Automation to host Automation U…

Wednesday, 18 April 2018 11:54

Rockwell Automation said it would host Automation University, its event focussed on automation and integrated information technologies in Abu Dhabi between 8-9 May at Etihad Towers

MENA needs US$260bn investment to meet power demand over next five years

MENA needs US$260bn investment to meet p…

Wednesday, 18 April 2018 06:55

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region will require US$260bn of investment to meet rising and suppressed electricity demand, said Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP) in its latest research...

Siemens and Dubai Airports sign agreements to enhance passenger experience

Siemens and Dubai Airports sign agreemen…

Wednesday, 18 April 2018 06:37

Siemens Postal, Parcel and Airport Logistics (SPPAL) has signed a MoU with Dubai Airports to enhance passenger experience and throughput, cost optimisation and energy efficiency at Dubai International Airport (DXB)...

Zayed Future Energy Prize rebranded Zayed Sustainability Prize

Zayed Future Energy Prize rebranded Zaye…

Tuesday, 17 April 2018 11:52

The Zayed Future Energy Prize is now the Zayed Sustainability Prize as part of a strategic move to refocus its mandate

Royal HaskoningDHV to undertake market study for Haramain project in Saudi Arabia

Royal HaskoningDHV to undertake market s…

Tuesday, 17 April 2018 11:00

Royal HaskoningDHV has been appointed to carry out a detailed market study for the Haramain High Speed Railway in Saudi Arabia

JinkoSolar signs 2.7 GW solar panel deal with NextEra Energy

JinkoSolar signs 2.7 GW solar panel deal…

Tuesday, 17 April 2018 06:31

Chinese manufacturer of photovoltaics and a developer of solar projects JinkoSolar has signed 2.7 GW solar panel supply deal with the US-based NextEra Energy, making it the largest single solar...

International launch of Volvo rigid hauler range

International launch of Volvo rigid haul…

Monday, 16 April 2018 06:40

Volvo Construction Equipment has unveiled its new range of Volvo-branded rigid haulers to customers and dealers

Oman-based Raysut Cement Company plans to build new plant in Georgia

Oman-based Raysut Cement Company plans t…

Monday, 16 April 2018 06:01

One of Oman’s largest cement producers Raysut Cement Company has announced to approve an initial study to consider building a one metric tonne per year cement plant in Georgia

Cisco comes on board as Expo 2020 digital partner

Cisco comes on board as Expo 2020 digita…

Sunday, 15 April 2018 07:02

Network device maker Cisco said it would provide IT services for the Expo 2020 Dubai, the event which is expected to have 25mn visitors

BIM innovation in water network analysis with Benley’s WaterGEMS

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Sunday, 15 April 2018 06:35

Bentley’s WaterGEMS – a water distribution analysis and design software – aims to analyse water distribution system and build a comprehensive water distribution network, and has been optimised in a...

Cat articulated trucks undergo redesign for better operator safety and convenience

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Thursday, 12 April 2018 08:41

Three new Cat® articulated trucks – 730, 730 EJ (Ejector) and 735 – have been extensively redesigned, enhancing the field-proven features and performance of their C-Series predecessors (730C2, 730C2 EJ,...

Tunisia set to launch 1 GW renewable energy auction

Tunisia set to launch 1 GW renewable ene…

Thursday, 12 April 2018 06:19

Tunisia is set to launch an international tender for the procurement of 1,000MW of wind and solar power, a project that is estimated to be worth US$1.04bn

New efficiency targets set by Etihad ESCO in Dubai

New efficiency targets set by Etihad ESC…

Wednesday, 11 April 2018 07:42

More than one million tonnes of carbon dioxide will be reduced by 2030 and 1.7 TWh of electricity will be saved by the same year in Dubai, according to the...

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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