Iraq to form joint venture for the Grand Faw port project

Iraq to form joint venture for the Grand…

Wednesday, 20 June 2018 06:57

Iraq will be building a US$1.3bn venture to manage the execution of the Grand Faw port project

ACWA-led consortium selected as preferred bidder for UAE’s desalination plant

ACWA-led consortium selected as preferre…

Wednesday, 20 June 2018 06:35

UAE-based Federal Electricity and Water Authority (FEWA) has selected ACWA Power-led consortium as the preferred bidder to develop a desalination plant in Umm Al Quwain

RTA delegation in Italy to test telecommunication systems of Route 2020

RTA delegation in Italy to test telecomm…

Wednesday, 20 June 2018 05:59

A delegation from Road Transport Authority’s (RTA) Rail Agency in Dubai recently visited the Thales Factory in Italy to attend factory tests of the broadband radio wireless telecommunication systems of...

NFT Specialized in Tower Cranes installs 13 cranes for Reem Mall in Abu Dhabi

NFT Specialized in Tower Cranes installs…

Tuesday, 19 June 2018 11:35

NFT Specialized in Tower Cranes has been awarded the main contract to supply 14 Potain tower cranes for the Reem Mall megaproject in Najmat Abu Dhabi

Kuwait Health, Safety & Security Forum to promote critical health and safety issues

Kuwait Health, Safety & Security For…

Tuesday, 19 June 2018 06:55

Kuwait Health, Safety & Security Forum is set to convene health and safety leaders from around the globe from 24-25 September 2018

Doosan Bobcat opens backhoe loader plant in India

Doosan Bobcat opens backhoe loader plant…

Tuesday, 19 June 2018 04:28

Doosan Bobcat has opened its new backhoe loader plant in India, thus marking its entrance into one of the world’s three largest markets for the compact construction equipment industry

FILA Surface Care launches FILAMARBLE AID

FILA Surface Care launches FILAMARBLE AI…

Sunday, 17 June 2018 06:31

FILA Surface Care Solutions said its branch in the Middle East has launched FILAMARBLE AID for cleaning marble and natural stone surfaces

Mubadala to launch US$400mn European tech fund

Mubadala to launch US$400mn European tec…

Saturday, 16 June 2018 06:35

UAE-based Mubadala Investment Company has announced plans to create a US$400mn fund to invest in leading European technology companies

Deerns signs major consultancy contract for Kuwait International Airport

Deerns signs major consultancy contract …

Thursday, 14 June 2018 10:38

Deerns Group and its local partner Al-Nabhan Engineering Consultancy have signed a major consultancy agreement with Kuwait’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation for the provision of management and supervision services...

Saudia Cargo to construct new cargo handling facility at Jeddah’s KAIA

Saudia Cargo to construct new cargo hand…

Thursday, 14 June 2018 08:12

Saudia Cargo has recently signed agreements with three major companies to construct a new cargo handling facility at King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA)

The UAE maintains positive economic growth

The UAE maintains positive economic grow…

Thursday, 14 June 2018 04:47

The UAE’s minister of economy said that preliminary estimates issued by the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority (FCSA) indicate growth in the economic performance of the country in general; which...

Thuraya and IEC Telecom displays new VSAT service at Posidonia 2018

Thuraya and IEC Telecom displays new VSA…

Wednesday, 13 June 2018 06:58

Thuraya Telecommunications Company and IEC Telecom have jointly showcased Thuraya’s maritime product portfolio and provided a preview of the latest Thuraya maritime VSAT service at Posidonia 2018, held in Greece...

MENA shows robust performance in energy sector amid geopolitical risks

MENA shows robust performance in energy …

Wednesday, 13 June 2018 06:51

In line with the initiatives to boost energy economy across the Middle East, the UAE and Kuwait have announced ambitious capacity targets for 2022 to invest more than US$220bn to...

ADFD grants US$10.89mn for rural electrification project in Uganda

ADFD grants US$10.89mn for rural electri…

Wednesday, 13 June 2018 06:11

Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) has approved a US$10.89mn concessionary loan to develop a 33kV rural electrification project at Kalongo in Uganda

Volvo Penta will switch to electric power by 2021

Volvo Penta will switch to electric powe…

Wednesday, 13 June 2018 04:30

With the aim of becoming a driving force in sustainable power solutions, Volvo Penta is going full charge into hybrid and all-electric drivelines, offering solutions in both its marine and...

Dubai FDI named UAE's top investment promotion agency

Dubai FDI named UAE's top investment pro…

Tuesday, 12 June 2018 06:37

Dubai FDI has won the first-ever ‘Top Investment Promotion Agencies Africa & Middle East – Regional’

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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