MAN Diesel & Turbo expands UAE office to meet growing regional demands

MAN Diesel & Turbo expands UAE offic…

Thursday, 17 August 2017 10:11

MAN Diesel & Turbo has announced an expansion of its Dubai office to meet the needs of its regional businesses partners and governments

Saudi Arabia to launch second local currency sukuk programme

Saudi Arabia to launch second local curr…

Thursday, 17 August 2017 05:46

Saudi Arabia plans to launch its second local currency sukuk issuance next week, beginning 20 August

Trina's PV modules operational in the sustainable city in Dubai

Trina's PV modules operational in the su…

Thursday, 17 August 2017 05:12

Solar installation of 10MW set to power several facilities, including residential villas and leisure complexes 

Dubai and Abu Dhabi to build potable water interconnection network

Dubai and Abu Dhabi to build potable wat…

Wednesday, 16 August 2017 06:18

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) have signed an MoU agreement to build a strategic water connection network between Dubai and Abu...

Deal for largest solar storage project signed in Jordan

Deal for largest solar storage project s…

Wednesday, 16 August 2017 05:55

Jordanian PV manufacturer Irbid District Electricity Company and EPC Philadelphia Solar are developing a 11MW generation site, which will be paired with a 12MWh lithium-ion battery, which will perform peak...

Energy Recovery wins US$2.5mn for desalination projects in Saudi Arabia

Energy Recovery wins US$2.5mn for desali…

Tuesday, 15 August 2017 06:11

Energy Recovery, provider of pressure energy technology for industrial fluid flows, has been awarded US$2.5mn to supply its PX Pressure Exchanger technology for desalination projects in Saudi Arabia

DEWA completes 70 per cent of M-Station expansion

DEWA completes 70 per cent of M-Station …

Tuesday, 15 August 2017 04:59

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has announced that CEO Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer recently reviewed the progress of the M-Station expansion project, the newest and largest electricity generation and...

Bahrain’s non-oil growth hikes to 4.4 per cent in Q1 2017

Bahrain’s non-oil growth hikes to 4.4 pe…

Monday, 14 August 2017 06:18

Growth in the non-oil sector of Bahrain’s economy reached 4.4 per cent in Q1 2017, up from 3.7 per cent during 2016, according to Bahrain Economic Quarterly published by the...

Jebel Ali Free Zone trade hits US$80.2bn in 2016

Jebel Ali Free Zone trade hits US$80.2bn…

Monday, 14 August 2017 05:35

DP World has announced the growing of Dubai-based Jebel Ali Free Zone’s (Jafza) non-oil foreign trade by 17 per cent from 23.9mn to 27.9mn tonnes in 2016, worth US$80.2bn

Siemens to build two new substations in Egypt’s Delta region

Siemens to build two new substations in …

Sunday, 13 August 2017 08:04

In a new move aimed at improving the resilience of Egypt’s power grid, the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) has awarded Siemens a contract for the construction of two substations

Expo 2020 Dubai: SMEs win more than 50 per cent of 2017 contracts

Expo 2020 Dubai: SMEs win more than 50 p…

Sunday, 13 August 2017 06:37

The latest Expo 2020 Dubai report, prepared by The Big 5 Dubai, reveals that more than 15,000 businesses have registered their interest on Expo 2020 Dubai’s online procurement portal and...

Fluor’s phosphate project in Saudi Arabia begins production

Fluor’s phosphate project in Saudi Arabi…

Sunday, 13 August 2017 04:59

Fluor Corporation announced that it is providing programme management services for Ma’aden Waad Al-Shamal Phosphate Company’s (MWSPC) Umm Wual phosphate project in Saudi Arabia for the production of ammonia, merchant-grade...

Technical Review Middle East weekly digest - 6th August - 10th August

Technical Review Middle East weekly dige…

Thursday, 10 August 2017 16:25

Here is a brief overview of the week’s news on Technical Review Middle East, from 6th August - 10th August

Chicago Pneumatic provides continuous energy supply for new residential development in Dubai

Chicago Pneumatic provides continuous en…

Thursday, 10 August 2017 09:31

Fourteen stationary generators from Chicago Pneumatic are providing the essential power required for the construction of a luxury residential development besides the Dubai Water Canal

Transformers of the public realm

Transformers of the public realm

Thursday, 10 August 2017 06:26

Expert Talks: Robert Shakespeare, Group Design Director at Cracknell

Saudi Arabia halts commercial and working visit visas for UAE Muslim residents during Hajj

Saudi Arabia halts commercial and workin…

Thursday, 10 August 2017 05:45

Effective 7 August 2017, Muslim residents in the UAE are unable to apply for commercial and working visit visas for Saudi Arabia as consular processing is suspended during the busy...

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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