INTERMAT Construction Observatory flags US$1886.80bn projects in EMEA

INTERMAT Construction Observatory flags …

Monday, 11 December 2017 06:02

The UAE and Qatar plan to invest a total of US$281.84bn by 2033, with two most promising sectors being buildings and roads, according to INTERMAT Construction Industry Observatory

Technical Review Middle East weekly digest  - 3rd - 7th December

Technical Review Middle East weekly dige…

Sunday, 10 December 2017 04:26

Here is a brief overview of the week’s news on Technical Review Middle East, from 3rd - 7th December 2017

'Harmonic distortion causes 60 per cent poor power quality globally'

'Harmonic distortion causes 60 per cent …

Sunday, 10 December 2017 03:24

The increasing use of non-linear loads in recent years has been driven by the use of electrical components in almost every industry 

AW Rostamani Shift Car Rental to launch new green fleet in UAE

AW Rostamani Shift Car Rental to launch …

Friday, 08 December 2017 09:41

A first in the GCC region, AW Rostamani Shift Car Rental will pioneer the leasing and renting of electric cars with the cutting edge Renault Zoe that offers a 300km...

NFT expands Potain fleet in Kuwait

NFT expands Potain fleet in Kuwait

Thursday, 07 December 2017 06:03

Regional tower crane rental and Potain dealer NFT has received contracts for several projects in Kuwait, including the supply of 26 Potain tower cranes for the construction of a new...

Positive market trends continue to reflect at IranConMin 2017

Positive market trends continue to refle…

Wednesday, 06 December 2017 05:16

Around 20,500 visitors attended this year’s IranConMin – a trade fair for mining, construction machinery and construction systems – which took place from 4-7 November in Tehran

The UAE commences renewable energy training programme for Pacific Island countries

The UAE commences renewable energy train…

Tuesday, 05 December 2017 06:35

The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC) has launched a two-year renewable energy training programme for Pacific Island countries

Specim's hyperspectral camera analyses material samples

Specim's hyperspectral camera analyses m…

Tuesday, 05 December 2017 04:56

Specim Spectral Imaging Ltd has launched the world’s first mobile hyperspectral camera, Specim IQ, to analyse material samples in industries ranging from food and health to forensic investigation, recycling, art...

SIMEST partners with Ansaldo Energia for international expansion

SIMEST partners with Ansaldo Energia for…

Monday, 04 December 2017 03:11

SIMEST has acquired 11 per cent stake in Ansaldo Energia Switzerland, a wholly- owned subsidiary of Ansaldo Energia, an Italian power engineering company

'Egypt looks to export electricity by 2018'

'Egypt looks to export electricity by 20…

Sunday, 03 December 2017 18:50

The 2017 edition of Electricx, from 3-5 December, has more than 200 exhibitors in attendance at Cairo International Convention Centre, Egypt

Siemens to support Iraq in modernising four power plants

Siemens to support Iraq in modernising f…

Thursday, 30 November 2017 06:36

With an aim to help in enhancing Iraq’s energy supply, Siemens has signed a contract with the country’s Ministry of Electricity

The luxury villa project of Dubai Properties is on track

The luxury villa project of Dubai Proper…

Thursday, 30 November 2017 06:08

Abdul Rahim Architectural Consultants (ARACO), a consultant in design and engineering services in the UAE, has announced the completion of 35 per cent construction in The Villa project

Do you have the oldest functioning SVERKER test set?

Do you have the oldest functioning SVERK…

Wednesday, 29 November 2017 10:05

If you do, then Megger has an exciting opportunity for you

The UK-based investment fund acquires the UAE’s Enviromena

The UK-based investment fund acquires th…

Wednesday, 29 November 2017 06:11

Arjun Infrastructure Partners (AIP), the UK-based independent infrastructure investment advisory company, has acquired Enviromena Power Systems, a portfolio company of Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar)

Masdar and Indonesia company sign deal for largest floating solar PV plant

Masdar and Indonesia company sign deal f…

Wednesday, 29 November 2017 05:50

Indonesian power company PT Pembangkitan Jawa-Bali (PT PJB), a subsidiary of the state electricity company Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN), and Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar), have signed a project...

Saving money with your own sample preparation

Saving money with your own sample prepar…

Wednesday, 29 November 2017 04:11

Prepare ferro-alloys samples in a safe and user-friendly pilot scale laboratory installation

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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