DEWA awards water pipeline contracts worth US$67.52mn in Dubai

DEWA awards water pipeline contracts wor…

Wednesday, 28 June 2017 06:40

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has awarded a contract worth US$67.52mn for the construction of a 40km water pipeline project along Al Qudra Streets, aiming to increase the supply...

Boeing and Kuwait’s ALAFCO announce commitment for 20 737 MAX 8s

Boeing and Kuwait’s ALAFCO announce comm…

Wednesday, 28 June 2017 05:27

Boeing and Kuwait-based ALAFCO Aviation Lease and Finance Company (ALAFCO) have announced a commitment for 20 737 MAX 8s at the 2017 Paris Airshow, valued at US$2.2bn at current list...

Visa SpA gensets power cement factory in Kuwait

Visa SpA gensets power cement factory in…

Tuesday, 27 June 2017 09:26

Italy-based Visa SpA, one of the world’s leading gensets suppliers, has been recently involved in a major building contract in Kuwait for the supplying of a first batch consisting of...

South Korea to build mini-LNG plants in Iran

South Korea to build mini-LNG plants in …

Tuesday, 27 June 2017 04:50

Iran has announced that it is working on a plan to develop sophisticated mini-LNG plants with South Korea to answer energy needs in remote areas of the country

Kaesar Kompressoren provides ideal solution for Industrie 4.0

Kaesar Kompressoren provides ideal solut…

Tuesday, 27 June 2017 04:30

Compressed air and Industrie 4.0 – Kaeser Kompressoren has the right solutions for deriving maximum benefit from this powerful combination

‘MEA’s new wind power capacity set to rise 40 GW by 2026’

‘MEA’s new wind power capacity set to ri…

Monday, 26 June 2017 06:05

MAKE Consulting recently revealed that the wind power capacity in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region amounted to 676MW in 2016, as compared to 682MW in 2015, but has...

Immensa launches first 3D printing facility in the UAE

Immensa launches first 3D printing facil…

Sunday, 25 June 2017 06:08

Immensa Technology Labs, UAE’s leading additive manufacturing (AM) company, has launched the first 3D printing facility in Dubai, which comprises eight 3D printing systems and more than 30 materials for...

Technical Review Middle East  weekly digest - 18th June - 22nd June

Technical Review Middle East weekly dig…

Sunday, 25 June 2017 04:00

Here is a brief overview of the week’s news on Technical Review Middle East, from 18th June - 22nd June 2017

Bio-diesel helps keep Glastonbury running

Bio-diesel helps keep Glastonbury runnin…

Friday, 23 June 2017 16:01

Britain’s best-known music festival has once again opened its gates, this year with sunny days and balmy temperatures

AUD students design door handles for Dubai Expo 2020 pavilion

AUD students design door handles for Dub…

Friday, 23 June 2017 06:12

American University in Dubai (AUD) has teamed up with the global security provider Dormakaba, aiming to provide opportunity to the students to design lever handles for Expo 2020 mobility pavilion

QCC unveils solar PV scheme to support adoption of solar energy in Abu Dhabi

QCC unveils solar PV scheme to support a…

Wednesday, 21 June 2017 07:01

Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council (QCC), responsible for developing quality infrastructure and raising awareness on quality standards in Abu Dhabi, has unveiled a conformity assessment scheme to verify the...

Saudi Arabia and Bahrain causeway project invites expressions of interest

Saudi Arabia and Bahrain causeway projec…

Wednesday, 21 June 2017 06:05

With Saudi Arabia and Bahrain planning to build a new road and rail causeway linking the two countries, expressions of interest (EoI) have been invited from the private sector developers,...

Concession agreement to develop, manage and operate Fujairah Port

Concession agreement to develop, manage …

Wednesday, 21 June 2017 04:58

A 35-year concession agreement between Abu Dhabi Ports and the Port of Fujairah was signed recently

Traxys signs antimony supply deal with Oman’s SPMP

Traxys signs antimony supply deal with O…

Tuesday, 20 June 2017 06:14

Luxembourg-based Traxys Europe has signed contract with Oman’s Strategic and Precious Metals Processing (SPMP), a partnership that is aimed at supplying antimony-gold concentrates to the Oman Antimony Roaster (OAR), which...

Abraaj Group divests stake in Careem to Kingdom Holding Company

Abraaj Group divests stake in Careem to …

Tuesday, 20 June 2017 04:26

The Abraaj Group announced that it has divested shareholding in Careem, the UAE’s leading transportation network company, to the Saudi Arabia’s conglomerate Kingdom Holding Company

Averda wins UAE’s ‘Waste Management Company of the Year’ award

Averda wins UAE’s ‘Waste Management Comp…

Monday, 19 June 2017 06:32

Averda, an environmental solution provider in Middle East and Africa, has received ‘UAE Waste Management Company of the Year Award-Private Entity’ at the Frost & Sullivan’s Excellence in Best Practices...

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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