DigiRobotics launches UAE’s first 3D-printed car at GITEX

DigiRobotics launches UAE’s first 3D-pri…

Thursday, 20 October 2016 07:10

The UAE’s first 3D-printed autonomous vehicle leads launches of 3D printed technology at GITEX Technology Week in Dubai

Kohler and Liebherr join forces on G-Drive diesel engine range

Kohler and Liebherr join forces on G-Dri…

Thursday, 20 October 2016 06:54

The two firms have collaborated on a new line of G-Drive engines developed to power the KD Series of Kohler and Kohler-SDMO diesel industrial generators 

‘New projects set to boost steel business in GCC’

‘New projects set to boost steel busines…

Thursday, 20 October 2016 06:01

The recent announcement of new projects signals a steady flow of investments into sectors like infrastructure and manufacturing, which is set to generate contracts for regional steel fabricators in the...

New Saudi Arabian-Egyptian firm to build US$1bn steel complex

New Saudi Arabian-Egyptian firm to build…

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 07:41

Egyptian Suez Canal Authority (SCA) has signed a US$1bn partnership deal with a Saudi Arabian company to establish iron and steel factory in Ain Sukhna

Kohler unveils new industrial diesel generator product range

Kohler unveils new industrial diesel gen…

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 06:30

Kohler has launched its KD series which has Kohler and Kohler-SDMO branding on its new range of diesel industrial generators

Huawei to build Tier-III data centres for airports in Dubai

Huawei to build Tier-III data centres fo…

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 06:17

Huawei Technologies will be partnering with Dubai Airports to construct world’s first Tier-III certified modular data centre complex (MDCC) at Dubai International Airport

Doha Port to get US$549mn facelift next year

Doha Port to get US$549mn facelift next …

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 03:44

Doha Port will undergo a US$549mn redevelopment in Q2 2017 and will close for navigation next March to make way for the works, according to reports

Xylem inaugurates its first regional manufacturing facility in the Middle East

Xylem inaugurates its first regional man…

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 07:23

State-of-the-art manufacturing facility to produce pumps, among other technologies, and provide localized and integrated services to local, regional customers Xylem, a leading global water technology company dedicated to solving the world’s...

ADNOC to create world-class shipping, marine and services company

ADNOC to create world-class shipping, ma…

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 07:06

ADNOC will consolidate shipping, marine and services companies to streamline operations and maximise value 

Oman seeks bids for large-scale solar projects

Oman seeks bids for large-scale solar pr…

Monday, 17 October 2016 05:54

Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP) has invited bids from qualified technical and economic consultants to support the implementation of large-scale solar power plants in the sultanate

Doosan wins US$896.46mn Saudi Arabia gas plant contract

Doosan wins US$896.46mn Saudi Arabia gas…

Sunday, 16 October 2016 11:31

Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Company has won the Fadhili combined cycle power plant project worth US$896.46mn in Saudi Arabia

Xylem opens new pump rental and services business in Dubai to support MENA

Xylem opens new pump rental and services…

Thursday, 13 October 2016 07:52

Xylem, global water technology company, has announced the opening of a new pump rental and service business in Dubai to serve growing demand from the construction and infrastructure sectors, as...

UAE Water Aid Foundation and Carbon Ambassadors support Kenyan water project

UAE Water Aid Foundation and Carbon Amba…

Wednesday, 12 October 2016 07:57

The UAE Water Aid Foundation (Suqia), under the umbrella of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, has sponsored an innovative project by a team from the Carbon Ambassadors...

tremco illbruck to co-host Windows and Facades Technical Conference in Doha

tremco illbruck to co-host Windows and F…

Wednesday, 12 October 2016 07:26

A host of international experts to present keynote technical presentations and speeches with high quality analysis and solutions for windows and facades at the upcoming Windows and Facades Technical Conference...

Dubai begins work on world’s tallest tower, overtaking the Burj Khalifa

Dubai begins work on world’s tallest tow…

Tuesday, 11 October 2016 05:29

Dubai has began construction work on a tower that will stand higher than its Burj Khalifa, which is currently the world's tallest skyscraper

First Solar commissions 52.5MW solar project in Jordan

First Solar commissions 52.5MW solar pro…

Monday, 10 October 2016 17:52

First Solar has commissioned the 52.5MW Shams Ma’an project, in Jordan, on schedule

Free training on offer to all at The Big 5

Gaia Awards sustainability The Big 5The Gaia Awards were named after a ‘whole earth’ theory and launched in 2008. (Image source: dmg::events)Aside from hundreds of exhibitors, The Big 5 also offers inspirational free training and certification events

What makes The Big 5 unique? Undoubtedly, it is the show’s reputation as being the largest and best attended construction event anywhere in the MENA region.

The organisers pay special attention to matching international suppliers who attend with enthusiastic local distributors. They also provide free training programmes to help exhibitors trade profitably in the whole region and a free seminar programme (more than 130 individual events) to help buyers select from the huge range of products and services on offer too.

Thus buyers from right across the region come to Dubai every November not only to source what their businesses need but also to network and learn about the very latest appropriate and sustainable technologies.

To help this process along, in the company of more than 50,000 other busy buyers, dmg is again laying on a series of themed internal events and programmes.

These include:

- The Green Build Congress: As new regulations come into force this will once again focus on the key issues whose understanding is essential if manufacturers, designers and contractors are to remain compliant, competitive and sustainable.

- Training and workshops: Techniques, universal best practice and both local and international regulations are evolving all the time. These training sessions and practical workshops will equip managers with the current information and practical skills they will need to succeed. The topics covered extend all the way from Green Building Council LEED requirements to project management in general and product sourcing.

- Free seminars: This year the organisers say they will be developing this series of sponsored events based on last year’s experience to provide even more - and more relevant - content for both buyers and suppliers.

- Big 5 Platinum Club: This has evolved over the years into a get-together for the most influential buyers throughout the region. More than 600 involved in the most important projects took part last year, all intending to meet directly with suppliers from across the world.

- Business matching programme: A new feature this year, these events are designed to bring together global manufacturers with local distributors, and to facilitate business introductions generally.

Finally, there are the prestigious Gaia Awards. Named after an influential and complex ‘whole earth’ theory and launched in 2008 these will be once again inviting suppliers of products for the coveted title of ‘Best Green Product in the Middle East’, thereby enhancing their prospects of attracting buyers looking for energy efficient and sustainable products.

Product and service categories attracting entrants this year have included water technology, HVAC, building facades and structures, finishing products, energy technology and the service industries in general.

Last year’s Gaia Awards resulted in a gold award for Nuuon Trading LLC for their EnOcean technology. Nuuon designs wireless home automation and security systems. As demonstrated last year their EnOcean technology supports battery-less and maintenance-free sensors that can be freely positioned, including temperature sensors and motion detectors.

There were 13 finalists in total last year and two silvers and four bronzes were awarded. In 2012 there are around 50 finalists in total, including 14 in the building facades category and a record 17 in finishing products.

“As the importance of environmental responsibility continues to increase across the international construction industry, the technologies and innovations that are being put forward for Gaia awards become further advanced,” said event director, Andy White.

“The Big 5 provides a showcase to help raise the profile of the winning green solutions, and we know from previous Gaia winners that the awards can make a real difference to their business.”

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