Waste management - the next-generation driver for realising a green economy

Waste management - the next-generation d…

Wednesday, 18 October 2017 08:38

  The UAE has identified waste management as one with enormous potential to create employment and generate entrepreneurial opportunities

SDLG launches new backhoe loader in Middle East and Africa

SDLG launches new backhoe loader in Midd…

Tuesday, 17 October 2017 10:35

  SDLG has launched a new backhoe loader for the Middle East and African markets - SDLG B877F 

Solar technology key to achieve UAE’s 2050 Energy Strategy

Solar technology key to achieve UAE’s 20…

Monday, 16 October 2017 07:28

In a persistent effort to achieve the goals of the 2050 Energy Strategy, the UAE Ministry of Energy is encouraging the public and private sectors to develop innovative IPP arrangements...

ME RoTIC highlights ground-breaking technologies for rotating machinery equipment

ME RoTIC highlights ground-breaking tech…

Sunday, 15 October 2017 05:30

The Middle East Rotating Machinery Technology and Innovation Conference & Showcase (ME RoTIC), which runs from 10-12 October at Sofitel, The Palm Resort and Spa, Dubai highlighted some of the...

Technical Review Middle East weekly digest - 8th - 12th October

Technical Review Middle East weekly dige…

Sunday, 15 October 2017 04:00

Here is a brief overview of the week’s news on Technical Review Middle East, from 8th - 12th October 2017  

Cat set to launch three next generation excavators in MEA

Cat set to launch three next generation …

Friday, 13 October 2017 19:20

Three Next Generation 20-tonne size class excavators from Caterpillar — the 320 GC, 320 and 323 — are due to be rolled out across Middle East and Africa in Q2...

Saudi Arabia’s FM market to reach US$49.82bn by 2030

Saudi Arabia’s FM market to reach US$49.…

Thursday, 12 October 2017 06:04

The value of Saudi Arabia’s flourishing facilities management (FM) market is expected to reach US$49.82bn by the end of 2030, the Middle East Facility Management Association (MEFMA) has predicted

Bobcat launches improved T870 compact tracked loader

Bobcat launches improved T870 compact tr…

Thursday, 12 October 2017 05:55

Bobcat has launched a new version of the company’s top-of-the-range T870 compact tracked loader featuring a new torsion suspension undercarriage, replacing the previous T870 model with a roller suspension system,...

ARABAL 2017 to put Middle East’s aluminium industry in spotlight

ARABAL 2017 to put Middle East’s alumini…

Wednesday, 11 October 2017 06:32

Arab International Aluminium Conference (ARABAL) is set to take place in Muscat from 7-9 November 2017 and comprise of a two-day conference and exhibition featuring over 60 international experts under...

EcoSys 8 offers industry-first for full life cycle projects performance

EcoSys 8 offers industry-first for full …

Wednesday, 11 October 2017 04:02

Hexagon PPM, provider of asset lifecycle solutions for design, construction, and operation of industrial facilities, announces the release of EcoSys 8, the first software platform to offer an integrated solution...

GlassPoint's solar project in Oman presents new cost-saving results

GlassPoint's solar project in Oman prese…

Tuesday, 10 October 2017 06:19

Technical paper co-authored with Petroleum Development Oman presented at SolarPACES details 55 per cent cost reductions compared to pilot

EY launches new cloud-based platform to enhance performance of supply chain and manufacturing

EY launches new cloud-based platform to …

Tuesday, 10 October 2017 05:20

EY MENA has announced the rollout of EY Catalyst, a leading operational excellence cloud-based platform that can help clients significantly enhance their performance improvement programs in supply chain and manufacturing

Siemens shunt reactors support power infrastructure development in Oman

Siemens shunt reactors support power inf…

Tuesday, 10 October 2017 04:22

L&T in Oman has selected Siemens to supply four shunt reactors to the Oman Electricity Transmission Company (SAOC)

Masdar and ADFD sign cooperation deal to support renewable energy projects in Caribbean region

Masdar and ADFD sign cooperation deal to…

Monday, 09 October 2017 06:36

Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) has signed an agreement with Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company, Masdar, to finalise financing and to bolster collaboration in implementing projects within the framework...

‘Rental mining equipment demand on the rise’

‘Rental mining equipment demand on the r…

Monday, 09 October 2017 05:06

Rise in demand for precious metals as well as coal has generated a huge demand for rental mining equipment globally

Atkins to develop PPP sanitation infrastructure upgrade in Saudi Arabia

Atkins to develop PPP sanitation infrast…

Sunday, 08 October 2017 04:43

Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin group, has won an advisory services contract from state-owned National Water Company (NWC) as part of a consortium to provide sustainable sanitation services in...

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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