DEWA awards water pipeline contracts worth US$67.52mn in Dubai

DEWA awards water pipeline contracts wor…

Wednesday, 28 June 2017 06:40

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has awarded a contract worth US$67.52mn for the construction of a 40km water pipeline project along Al Qudra Streets, aiming to increase the supply...

Boeing and Kuwait’s ALAFCO announce commitment for 20 737 MAX 8s

Boeing and Kuwait’s ALAFCO announce comm…

Wednesday, 28 June 2017 05:27

Boeing and Kuwait-based ALAFCO Aviation Lease and Finance Company (ALAFCO) have announced a commitment for 20 737 MAX 8s at the 2017 Paris Airshow, valued at US$2.2bn at current list...

Visa SpA gensets power cement factory in Kuwait

Visa SpA gensets power cement factory in…

Tuesday, 27 June 2017 09:26

Italy-based Visa SpA, one of the world’s leading gensets suppliers, has been recently involved in a major building contract in Kuwait for the supplying of a first batch consisting of...

South Korea to build mini-LNG plants in Iran

South Korea to build mini-LNG plants in …

Tuesday, 27 June 2017 04:50

Iran has announced that it is working on a plan to develop sophisticated mini-LNG plants with South Korea to answer energy needs in remote areas of the country

Kaesar Kompressoren provides ideal solution for Industrie 4.0

Kaesar Kompressoren provides ideal solut…

Tuesday, 27 June 2017 04:30

Compressed air and Industrie 4.0 – Kaeser Kompressoren has the right solutions for deriving maximum benefit from this powerful combination

‘MEA’s new wind power capacity set to rise 40 GW by 2026’

‘MEA’s new wind power capacity set to ri…

Monday, 26 June 2017 06:05

MAKE Consulting recently revealed that the wind power capacity in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region amounted to 676MW in 2016, as compared to 682MW in 2015, but has...

Immensa launches first 3D printing facility in the UAE

Immensa launches first 3D printing facil…

Sunday, 25 June 2017 06:08

Immensa Technology Labs, UAE’s leading additive manufacturing (AM) company, has launched the first 3D printing facility in Dubai, which comprises eight 3D printing systems and more than 30 materials for...

Technical Review Middle East  weekly digest - 18th June - 22nd June

Technical Review Middle East weekly dig…

Sunday, 25 June 2017 04:00

Here is a brief overview of the week’s news on Technical Review Middle East, from 18th June - 22nd June 2017

Bio-diesel helps keep Glastonbury running

Bio-diesel helps keep Glastonbury runnin…

Friday, 23 June 2017 16:01

Britain’s best-known music festival has once again opened its gates, this year with sunny days and balmy temperatures

AUD students design door handles for Dubai Expo 2020 pavilion

AUD students design door handles for Dub…

Friday, 23 June 2017 06:12

American University in Dubai (AUD) has teamed up with the global security provider Dormakaba, aiming to provide opportunity to the students to design lever handles for Expo 2020 mobility pavilion

QCC unveils solar PV scheme to support adoption of solar energy in Abu Dhabi

QCC unveils solar PV scheme to support a…

Wednesday, 21 June 2017 07:01

Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council (QCC), responsible for developing quality infrastructure and raising awareness on quality standards in Abu Dhabi, has unveiled a conformity assessment scheme to verify the...

Saudi Arabia and Bahrain causeway project invites expressions of interest

Saudi Arabia and Bahrain causeway projec…

Wednesday, 21 June 2017 06:05

With Saudi Arabia and Bahrain planning to build a new road and rail causeway linking the two countries, expressions of interest (EoI) have been invited from the private sector developers,...

Concession agreement to develop, manage and operate Fujairah Port

Concession agreement to develop, manage …

Wednesday, 21 June 2017 04:58

A 35-year concession agreement between Abu Dhabi Ports and the Port of Fujairah was signed recently

Traxys signs antimony supply deal with Oman’s SPMP

Traxys signs antimony supply deal with O…

Tuesday, 20 June 2017 06:14

Luxembourg-based Traxys Europe has signed contract with Oman’s Strategic and Precious Metals Processing (SPMP), a partnership that is aimed at supplying antimony-gold concentrates to the Oman Antimony Roaster (OAR), which...

Abraaj Group divests stake in Careem to Kingdom Holding Company

Abraaj Group divests stake in Careem to …

Tuesday, 20 June 2017 04:26

The Abraaj Group announced that it has divested shareholding in Careem, the UAE’s leading transportation network company, to the Saudi Arabia’s conglomerate Kingdom Holding Company

Averda wins UAE’s ‘Waste Management Company of the Year’ award

Averda wins UAE’s ‘Waste Management Comp…

Monday, 19 June 2017 06:32

Averda, an environmental solution provider in Middle East and Africa, has received ‘UAE Waste Management Company of the Year Award-Private Entity’ at the Frost & Sullivan’s Excellence in Best Practices...

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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