Al-Bahar opens new branch in Oman

Al-Bahar opens new branch in Oman

Thursday, 17 January 2019 06:09

Al-Bahar has announced the opening of its newest branch office in Sohar through their sister company Oasis Trading and Equipment Co LLC

DSM’s coating for solar PV return bigger gains

DSM’s coating for solar PV return bigger…

Thursday, 17 January 2019 04:00

The Middle East region is one of the most attractive markets for the upcoming solar and PV sector. According to the 2019 Middle East Solar Industry Association (MESIA) released yesterday...

Saudi Arabia’s roadmap to sustainability

Saudi Arabia’s roadmap to sustainability

Wednesday, 16 January 2019 03:15

Speaking at the Future Sustainability Summit yesterday, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources, Khalid A. Al-Falih explained the country’s roadmap to sustainability. He reiterated that the kingdom...

‘Bridge differences to bridge the sustainability gap’

‘Bridge differences to bridge the sustai…

Wednesday, 16 January 2019 03:09

Marking the beginning of the Year of Tolerance, H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Tolerance, urged the attendees at opening ceremony of The Future Sustainability Summit at...

Saudi Arabia awards first utility-scale wind project

Saudi Arabia awards first utility-scale …

Tuesday, 15 January 2019 04:45

The Renewable Energy Project Development Office (REPDO) of Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources (MEIM) has awarded its Dumat Al Jandal wind project to the consortium led...

Greater water stability, bigger economic rise

Greater water stability, bigger economic…

Monday, 14 January 2019 04:50

Schneider Electric, the French multinational corporation that specialises in energy management, automation solutions, spanning hardware, software and services, is working with Dubai Municipality to explore Big Data analytics across drainage...

The Gulf still boasts some of the best project opportunities in the world

The Gulf still boasts some of the best p…

Sunday, 13 January 2019 03:38

Economist Moin Siddiqi has explored some of the opportunities to boost infrastructure growth in the GCC region

Hyundai E&C to complete work on Kuwait’s longest bridge this year

Hyundai E&C to complete work on Kuwa…

Thursday, 10 January 2019 04:35

Hyundai Engineering & Construction (Hyundai E&C) will complete the world’s longest landmark bridge in Kuwait this year

Saudi Arabia to begin Qiddiya project this year

Saudi Arabia to begin Qiddiya project th…

Wednesday, 09 January 2019 10:24

Construction of the recreational megaproject in Riyadh will begin this year, according to Mike Reininger, CEO of the Qiddiya project

Using fuel from waste for production

Using fuel from waste for production

Wednesday, 09 January 2019 06:01

Ras Al Khaimah-based Pioneer Cement Industries has signed an agreement with Emirates RDF for the use of fuel derived from household waste in its production plant

Masdar rolls out first all-electric bus service in Middle East

Masdar rolls out first all-electric bus …

Wednesday, 09 January 2019 04:01

Masdar, the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, has officially launched the first fully electric passenger bus – Eco-Bus – in the region in partnership with the department of transport in...

Abu Dhabi adopts new business policy for energy sector

Abu Dhabi adopts new business policy for…

Tuesday, 08 January 2019 04:00

The Department of Energy (DoE) in Abu Dhabi has adopted the “Business Continuity Policy” for the energy sector, which seeks to enhance performance and ensure a safe and sustainable supply...

Genset market recovering ‘cautiously’

Genset market recovering ‘cautiously’

Monday, 07 January 2019 12:55

Transformative technology and practices, which are evolving in the power sector, are to come under detailed scrutiny in Dubai in early 2019 with the staging of the two-day ‘Revolutionizing Power...

Continental commissions first driverless tyre test vehicle

Continental commissions first driverless…

Monday, 07 January 2019 07:27

Continental, premium German tyre and technology company, has commissioned the first driverless tyre test vehicle using pioneering technology based on the company’s automated Cruising Chauffeur

Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Forum soon in Abu Dhabi

Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Forum s…

Monday, 07 January 2019 04:28

The third annual Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum will be held in Abu Dhabi on 11-13 January 2019 to set the global energy agenda for the year and examine the...

Isotope hydrology techniques improves Kuwait’s water management strategy

Isotope hydrology techniques improves Ku…

Sunday, 06 January 2019 08:43

Arid countries like Kuwait are increasingly focussing on techniques using stable isotopes to assess their groundwater resources and meet the challenge to manage the freshwater resources in a sustainable way...

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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