Lean safety technology introduced for railway infrastructure

Lean safety technology introduced for ra…

Thursday, 08 December 2016 06:52

HIMA unveiled their HIMax and HIMatrix commercial off-the-shelf controllers, which can be used for railing companies to lower costs without compromising safety 

Hormann’s DOBO System safeguards warehouses

Hormann’s DOBO System safeguards warehou…

Thursday, 08 December 2016 06:25

Moving away from conventional loading systems, Hormann Middle East & Africa has launched the DOBO System, which allows docking of a truck or trailer while its doors are still closed

Continuous power supply by HIMOINSA in Algeria hotel

Continuous power supply by HIMOINSA in A…

Thursday, 08 December 2016 05:41

HIMOINSA has developed a complex triple switching system that connects three power supply networks to provide continuous emergency power to hotel resorts in Algeria

Middle East Electricity chooses Technical Review Middle East as Official Trade Publication

Middle East Electricity chooses Technica…

Thursday, 08 December 2016 04:44

The organisers of Middle East Electricity have selected Technical Review Middle East as the Official Trade Publication of the show for 2017

FireEye predicts the 2017 security landscape in latest report

FireEye predicts the 2017 security lands…

Wednesday, 07 December 2016 07:11

Regional director for MENA at FireEye, Mohammed Abukhater, outlines seven key areas that will make up the majority of the security landscape in the Middle East moving into 2017 

GCC ‘reboots’ its economic agenda

GCC ‘reboots’ its economic agenda

Monday, 05 December 2016 07:16

The six-member Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) – Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman – represents one of the wealthiest country groupings in the world,...

DEWA introduces world’s first virtual reality utility inspection project

DEWA introduces world’s first virtual re…

Sunday, 04 December 2016 10:32

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has launched a pilot project for the world’s first virtual reality (VR) remote inspection for utility maintenance

DP World and CDPQ sign investment platform deal

DP World and CDPQ sign investment platfo…

Friday, 02 December 2016 15:15

DP World has announced the creation of an investment vehicle in partnership with Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), one of North America’s largest pension fund managers

Kuwaiti company to build manufacturing plant in KIZAD

Kuwaiti company to build manufacturing p…

Thursday, 01 December 2016 07:02

Abu Dhabi Ports and Khalifa Industrial Zone (KIZAD) have signed a Musataha agreement with Integral Plastic Industries to build a new manufacturing plant in KIZAD with an investment of US$2.7mn

Volvo CE launches new global website

Volvo CE launches new global website

Wednesday, 30 November 2016 10:33

Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) has unveiled its new global website following the recent roll-out of over 120 dealer and market websites around the world

FM EXPO Saudi and Saudi Clean Expo set to debut next year

FM EXPO Saudi and Saudi Clean Expo set t…

Wednesday, 30 November 2016 10:29

Being the largest facilities management market in the GCC, Saudi Arabia’s sector is rising from being worth an estimated US$20.3bn in 2014 to a forecasted US$29bn by 2017

Schneider Electric introduces world’s first ePAC for IIoT in GCC

Schneider Electric introduces world’s fi…

Tuesday, 29 November 2016 08:59

Schneider Electric, specialist in energy management and automation, has introduced its new high-end Modicon M580 Ethernet programmable automation controller (ePAC) to the GCC region

Xylem Inc. buys water analytics company Visenti

Xylem Inc. buys water analytics company …

Monday, 28 November 2016 07:23

Xylem Inc., a global water technology provider, has acquired Visenti Pte Ltd, a Singapore-based smart water analytics company that provides a suite of advanced products and services to enable smart...

Swisslog brings automation expertise to Saudi Arabia

Swisslog brings automation expertise to …

Monday, 28 November 2016 06:35

Swisslog, automation expert for robot-based and data-driven intralogistic solutions, will be showcasing its latest warehouse automation solutions and new picking technologies for forward-thinking customers in Saudi Arabia and the bordering...

Dynamic new products and innovations displayed at Middle East Concrete & PMV Live 2016

Dynamic new products and innovations dis…

Friday, 25 November 2016 07:45

With a number of iconic infrastructure projects in the pipeline for the GCC, innovation remains the focus for the region’s infrastructure and heavy industry

Siemens and Bentley Systems join forces

Siemens and Bentley Systems join forces

Friday, 25 November 2016 07:24

Siemans and Bentley Systems advance strategic alliance including joint investment initiatives, realising new growth opportunities in industry and infrastructure through integration of complementary digital engineering models 

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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