ENGIE joins Dubai’s ALEC as major shareholders of Smart4Power

ENGIE joins Dubai’s ALEC as major shareh…

Tuesday, 23 October 2018 10:00

French energy and services group ENGIE has acquired a significant stake of Smart4Power joining Dubai-based engineering and contracting company ALEC as the major shareholders of the company

Gain 10 seconds in production per identified cable with Brady’s solutions

Gain 10 seconds in production per identi…

Tuesday, 23 October 2018 05:00

Brady Corporation is offering complete and automated cable identification solutions for cable traceability and identification to increase production efficiency

Atlas Copco launches new air compressors for utility trucks

Atlas Copco launches new air compressors…

Tuesday, 23 October 2018 04:37

Atlas Copco has expanded its range of air compressors for utility trucks with the launch of three models weighing below 500kg

GE to support Iraq’s energy development plans

GE to support Iraq’s energy development …

Monday, 22 October 2018 10:00

GE has signed the principles of cooperation (POC) with the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity to develop the country’s power sector

Saudi Arabia-Oman highway set to open this year

Saudi Arabia-Oman highway set to open th…

Monday, 22 October 2018 07:50

Oman and Saudi Arabia are working hard to complete the work on the first-ever direct land link between the two neighbouring countries by the end of this year, said a...

ADFD delegation to Mauritius evaluates US$10mn rooftop solar project

ADFD delegation to Mauritius evaluates U…

Monday, 22 October 2018 04:26

A delegation from Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) visited Mauritius to assess the ADFD-funded US$10mn solar PV kits project

HIMOINSA develops voltage transformers in portable 10ft and 20ft containers

HIMOINSA develops voltage transformers i…

Thursday, 18 October 2018 10:25

The HRS 6300 D5/6 and the HRS 3150 D5/6 transformer substations built by HIMOINSA, in a 20 and 10ft container version, respectively, make transformation possible by increasing the voltage of...

Etihad Airways and Tadweer's new project to turn municipal waste into jet fuel

Etihad Airways and Tadweer's new project…

Thursday, 18 October 2018 10:00

UAE national carrier Etihad Airways and Abu Dhabi Waste Management Center (Tadweer) will be collaborating on a research project to explore how municipal waste can be converted into jet fuel

Bentley Substation cuts cost and time for Pestech project in Malaysia

Bentley Substation cuts cost and time fo…

Tuesday, 16 October 2018 11:42

At the keynote session of Bentley's Year in Infrastructure 2018 on Day 2, CEO Greg Bentley once again emphasised on the importance of 'Going Digital'

Bentley announces suite of technologies at YII 2018

Bentley announces suite of technologies …

Monday, 15 October 2018 14:42

2018 has been a year of partnerships for Bentley Systems

Nokian Tyres adds new size to Nokian Armor Gard 2 tyre

Nokian Tyres adds new size to Nokian Arm…

Monday, 15 October 2018 13:00

Nokian Tyres has added a new size - 11.00-20 - to the Nokian Armor Gard 2, thereby making the tyre capable of being fitted to a wider variety of excavators

Catalyst to showcase three innovative startups at GITEX 2018

Catalyst to showcase three innovative st…

Monday, 15 October 2018 10:00

Catalyst, MENA region’s first sustainability-focused accelerator, is showcasing three innovative startups at GITEX 2018, 14-18 October 2018

World’s first nuclear language proficiency standards established in the UAE

World’s first nuclear language proficien…

Monday, 15 October 2018 05:30

Nawah Energy Company (Nawah), the operator of the Barakah nuclear energy plant in the Al Dhafra region of Abu Dhabi, has become the first company in the world to develop...

Construction starts at DP World US$442mn Berbera port in Somaliland

Construction starts at DP World US$442mn…

Sunday, 14 October 2018 10:00

H.E. president of the Republic of Somaliland, Muse Bihi Abdi and DP World group chairman and CEO Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem has launched the first phase of construction work at...

Masdar signs region’s first green revolving credit facility

Masdar signs region’s first green revolv…

Sunday, 14 October 2018 05:30

Masdar, Abu Dhabi renewable energy company, has signed a green revolving credit facility (RCF) with four local and international banks to provide funding for new and ongoing investments in its...

Bee’ah and EVOTEQ launch UAE’s first AI platform for offices of future

Bee’ah and EVOTEQ launch UAE’s first AI …

Thursday, 11 October 2018 09:00

Bee’ah, sustainability solutions provider in the Middle East, and Evoteq, its technology partner, have announced the launch of the UAE’s first advanced artificial intelligence (AI) platform for offices of 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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