The Big 5 Saudi 2017 will host more than 500 exhibitors

The Big 5 Saudi 2017 will host more than…

Sunday, 26 March 2017 08:22

The seventh edition of Saudi Arabia’s largest and fastest growing construction show will open its doors to thousands of industry professionals tomorrow at the Jeddah Centre for Forums and Events...

JCB Power Products wins US$11.22mn rental order in Middle East

JCB Power Products wins US$11.22mn renta…

Sunday, 26 March 2017 05:51

Generator manufacturer JCB Power Products has won its biggest export order of the year for its new RS rental range with a multi-million dollar deal in the Middle East

Technical Review Middle East weekly digest - 19 - 25 March

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Sunday, 26 March 2017 04:00

Here is a brief overview of the week's new on, from 20 - 27 March 2017

Demag KBK modular cranes now come with lower load capacity

Demag KBK modular cranes now come with l…

Sunday, 26 March 2017 03:23

Extending cranes in the lower load capacity range have been added to the Demag KBK modular crane construction kit

Moroccan tech city boosted by US$10bn preliminary funding deal

Moroccan tech city boosted by US$10bn pr…

Thursday, 23 March 2017 07:15

The new industrial and technology hub, located close to the city of Tangiers, will be funded by Chinese group Haite 002023.SZ, BMCE's Bank of Africa and the Moroccan government According to Construction News, the...

DEWA CEO reviews Phase III of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park

DEWA CEO reviews Phase III of Mohammed b…

Thursday, 23 March 2017 04:38

Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), met with Mohammed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO of the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) to...

DP World CEO and Panama President discuss logistics and industrial parks in Panama

DP World CEO and Panama President discus…

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 06:51

DP World Group chairman and chairman of Ports, Customs and Freezones Corporation Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem met with the President of Panama Juan Carlos Varela to explore logistics and industrial...

MB Crusher can turn equipment into one-machine mobile plant

MB Crusher can turn equipment into one-m…

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 05:20

MB Crusher – together with its branch office MB America, Inc. – had a huge showcase at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017 in Las Vegas, crushing and screening with an excavator and skid...

SDLG wheel loaders provide reliability at Qatar quarry

SDLG wheel loaders provide reliability a…

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 06:23

Three SDLG wheel loaders are working round-the-clock feeding, crushing and screening equipment in Qatar, without any significant downtime

ACTS wins quality control, geotechnical and testing works on Qatar stadiums

ACTS wins quality control, geotechnical …

Tuesday, 21 March 2017 04:57

Advanced Construction Technology Services (ACTS), consulting organisation in the field of construction materials and geotechnical engineering, has announced that it will provide services in connection with five World Cup stadiums...

Dubai ruler inaugurates Phase II of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park

Dubai ruler inaugurates Phase II of Moha…

Monday, 20 March 2017 14:22

The 200MW second phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park was inaugurated today by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE...

Farnek secures ESCO accreditation

Farnek secures ESCO accreditation

Monday, 20 March 2017 07:33

UAE-based total facilities management company Farnek has been officially accredited as an approved Energy Services Company (ESCO) by Dubai’s Regulatory Supervisory Bureau (RSB)

IoT in spotlight at Schneider Electric’s Innovation Summit 2017

IoT in spotlight at Schneider Electric’s…

Monday, 20 March 2017 05:51

Schneider Electric, global specialist in energy management and automation, is set to highlight how the future of energy management and automation is being redefined at the IoT-themed Innovation Summit on...

Barakah One Company announces Board members at first general assembly

Barakah One Company announces Board memb…

Monday, 20 March 2017 04:39

The Barakah One Company (BOC), a subsidiary of the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) and the Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO), held its first general assembly and announced the members...

Dubai’s building and construction industries have no glass ceilings

Dubai’s building and construction indust…

Sunday, 19 March 2017 06:55

Moving ever forward, planning and executing the latest innovative techniques in construction and architectural designs, Dubai serves as a beacon of unbound creativity and inspiration across the globe

H.B. Fuller opens office in Dubai to support Middle East markets

H.B. Fuller opens office in Dubai to sup…

Sunday, 19 March 2017 05:48

Industrial adhesives manufacturer H.B. Fuller has announced the opening of its new office in Dubai, the UAE

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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