Salini Impregilo signs US$1.3bn construction contract in Saudi Arabia

Salini Impregilo signs US$1.3bn construc…

Thursday, 22 February 2018 10:30

Italian firm Salini Impregilo has signed a construction contract worth US$1.3bn with Saudi Arabia

Kobelco launches new hydraulic crawler cranes

Kobelco launches new hydraulic crawler c…

Thursday, 22 February 2018 06:42

Kobelco Construction Machinery has launched new hydraulic crawler cranes with a maximum lifting capacity of 300MT for standard crane and 350MT with an SHL specification

Bee’ah’s MRF becomes world-leading producer of recovered plastics

Bee’ah’s MRF becomes world-leading produ…

Thursday, 22 February 2018 06:28

Bee’ah, the Middle East’s award-winning environmental management company, has announced that its Material Recovery Facility (MRF) has become one of the world’s largest producers of recovered plastics, following the installation...

Hormann launches emergency lift barriers to increase security

Hormann launches emergency lift barriers…

Thursday, 22 February 2018 06:04

Hormann, provider of doors, gates, frames and operators in the Middle East and Africa, has introduced new lift barriers equipped with Emergency Fast Operation (EFO) emergency function to secure passages...

Tecnoware introduces new UPS EVO DSP PLUS TT 100-200KVA

Tecnoware introduces new UPS EVO DSP PLU…

Wednesday, 21 February 2018 04:46

Tecnoware has introduced new UPS EVO DSP PLUS TT 100-200KVA, aiming to protect computer from any irregularities in the AC line

Iran plans to build small-scale power plants in the north

Iran plans to build small-scale power pl…

Tuesday, 20 February 2018 06:23

Iran’s Energy Ministry has launched plans to establish 40 small-scale power plants with distributed generation systems in the Northern provinces of Mazandaran and Golestan with the help of the private...

Oman names advisors for privatising five power firms

Oman names advisors for privatising five…

Tuesday, 20 February 2018 06:16

Oman’s state-owned electricity holding firm, Nama Holding, has appointed a consortium of advisors, jointly led by London Economics and Lazard Freres, to privatise its five subsidiary power distribution and transmission...

Coperion Middle East opens new service centre in Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia

Coperion Middle East opens new service c…

Tuesday, 20 February 2018 06:00

Coperion Middle East Co, Ltd has opened a new facility in the Jubail 2 district with a two day customer event in early February 2018

JinkoSolar and Marubeni’s Sweihan project wins MESIA award

JinkoSolar and Marubeni’s Sweihan projec…

Monday, 19 February 2018 06:27

The record-breaking 1,177MW Sweihan project, co-developed by JinkoSolar, Marubeni, and the Abu Dhabi Electricity and Water Authority (ADEWA), won ‘Large Scale Solar Project of the Year’ by the Middle East...

Abu Dhabi Ports opens ME’s first Port Digital Innovation Lab

Abu Dhabi Ports opens ME’s first Port Di…

Monday, 19 February 2018 06:21

Abu Dhabi Ports has launched the first Port Digital Innovation Lab, as part of its commitment to innovation, through providing a platform for creative minds in the UAE to develop...

Volvo CE’s electric compact excavator prototype wins INTERMAT Innovation Award

Volvo CE’s electric compact excavator pr…

Sunday, 18 February 2018 06:36

Volvo Construction Equipment’s (Volvo CE) electric compact excavator prototype, the EX2, has won equipment and machinery award at the INTERMAT Innovation Awards in the earthmoving and demolition category

Iraq receives US$30bn aid to rebuild economy

Iraq receives US$30bn aid to rebuild eco…

Sunday, 18 February 2018 06:33

International donors and investors have pledged US$30bn to help Iraq rebuild its economy after its massive war against the Islamic State group

Voltalia to build two hydropower plants in Morocco

Voltalia to build two hydropower plants …

Sunday, 18 February 2018 06:02

Voltalia, a renewable energy producer and service provider, has obtained permits to develop two hydropower plants of 9.8MW and 7.2MW in Morocco’s Middle-Atlas region

Konecranes receives first CXT Explorer order from Johnson Arabia LLC

Konecranes receives first CXT Explorer o…

Thursday, 15 February 2018 10:44

Konecranes has received the first CXT Explorer order from Johnson Arabia LLC in Dubai to deliver one unit with two containers

Dubai launches 26 government projects under ‘Dubai 10X’ initiative

Dubai launches 26 government projects un…

Thursday, 15 February 2018 06:16

Dubai has launched 26 projects to be undertaken by 24 Dubai government entities under ‘Dubai 10X’ initiative, aiming to transform government operations and enhance their flexibility

Siemens signs MoU with Kuwait to push digital transformation

Siemens signs MoU with Kuwait to push di…

Thursday, 15 February 2018 06:00

Siemens will provide technical education for local workforce in Kuwait through Siemens Power Academy and Siemens Training for Industry Siemens has taken its knowledge-sharing commitment to Kuwait up a notch and...

The Big 5 bringing in new opportunities to drive business

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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.

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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.

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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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