New Range. New Rules - Al-Bahar at The Big 5 Heavy 2018

New Range. New Rules - Al-Bahar at The B…

Sunday, 18 March 2018 07:20

Al-Bahar, exclusive dealers of Cat® products, will participate in The Big 5 Heavy 2018, dedicated to the heavy construction industry, at Dubai World Trade Centre on from 26-28 March 2018

‘Pay as you throw’ waste fee for Dubai building owners soon

‘Pay as you throw’ waste fee for Dubai b…

Sunday, 18 March 2018 06:52

All buildings in the emirate will soon be charged a new fee of US$21.78 per tonne for general waste disposal, which is proposed to go up by US$2.72 per annum...

Dubai’s RTA processes more than 500,000 online vehicle licensing transactions in 2017

Dubai’s RTA processes more than 500,000 …

Sunday, 18 March 2018 06:52

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has processed more than half a million transactions relating to vehicle licensing in 2017 amidst a major push to digitise government services

Digitalisation and clean energy integration help ABB attain growth in UAE

Digitalisation and clean energy integrat…

Friday, 16 March 2018 10:55

ABB has recorded a steady and sustained growth in the UAE in 2017

FAMCO launches ‘safer’ Volvo Trucks in UAE

FAMCO launches ‘safer’ Volvo Trucks in U…

Thursday, 15 March 2018 15:50

Al-Futtaim Auto & Machinery Company (FAMCO) announced the launch of the Volvo Trucks advanced safety features in the UAE 

MEFMA steps up efforts to strengthen corporate sectors’ role in regional facilities management

MEFMA steps up efforts to strengthen cor…

Thursday, 15 March 2018 11:20

The Middle East Facility Management Association (MEFMA) has formed a new category for its members – the Strategic Corporate Members – and established the Strategic Corporate Members Committee, which would...

Panel on construction prioritises latest modeling technique adoption

Panel on construction prioritises latest…

Thursday, 15 March 2018 10:56

At a panel discussion hosted by construction consultancy Faithful+Gould, participants spoke about challenges in adopting latest modeling practices and how technology could help drive efficiencies in project delivery

Egypt’s digital forensic lab to improve IPR’s protection and enforcement

Egypt’s digital forensic lab to improve …

Thursday, 15 March 2018 06:24

The government of Egypt has announced to set up a specialised digital forensic lab for intellectual property as part of its enforcement schemes of combating software piracy

The Business Year and Investors Group Iran collaborate in research on Iran’s national economies

The Business Year and Investors Group Ir…

Wednesday, 14 March 2018 06:25

The Business Year (TBY) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Investors Group Iran (IGI) to help IGI’s annual research on Iran’s economy

Abu Dhabi’s Taweelah A2 CCP plant to be managed by Emiratis for one month

Abu Dhabi’s Taweelah A2 CCP plant to be …

Wednesday, 14 March 2018 06:13

Abu Dhabi-based Emirates CMS Power Company (ECPC) has launched a new initiative to manage and operate Taweelah A2 combined cycle power and desalination plant by the UAE nationals for one...

Tunnel drilling for Dubai Metro extension 50 per cent complete

Tunnel drilling for Dubai Metro extensio…

Tuesday, 13 March 2018 10:53

Tunnel drilling works for the Dubai Metro extension, dubbed as the Route 2020 Project, is now 50 per cent complete, Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the board of...

EGA to save about US$1.36mn in energy costs each year

EGA to save about US$1.36mn in energy co…

Tuesday, 13 March 2018 06:24

Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) has announced to save around US$1.36mn in energy costs each year by implementing energy conservation ideas from shop floor staff

MaK Middle East opens workshop in Dubai

MaK Middle East opens workshop in Dubai

Tuesday, 13 March 2018 06:12

MaK Middle East LLC has opened its workshop in Dubai Maritime City to provide after-sales support in the region

LED light fittings maker Switch Made partners with boarding school on green initiative

LED light fittings maker Switch Made par…

Monday, 12 March 2018 07:42

France-based Switch Made said it had provided Swiss International Scientific School, a Dubai-based boarding school, with LED lights, making it the "first low-energy building" in the Middle East

ACWA Power inaugurates US$465mn Salalah 2 IPP plant in Oman

ACWA Power inaugurates US$465mn Salalah …

Monday, 12 March 2018 06:33

The Greenfield Salalah 2 IPP project, with an aggregate capacity of 445MW, and an investment of US$465mn, was inaugurated by ACWA Power in Oman recently

Law firm Winston & Strawn advises on Turkish motorway project financings

Law firm Winston & Strawn advises on…

Monday, 12 March 2018 06:04

Law firm Winston & Strawn LLP said that it had advised on project financings for the North Marmara Motorway project in Turkey, which is aimed at improving transport connectivity between...

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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