Landmark announcements for solar industry at third day of WFES

Landmark announcements for solar industr…

Thursday, 18 January 2018 07:19

The third day of the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) has seen a number of developments for the solar energy space including the International Solar Alliance (ISA) signing letters of...

Masdar report highlights opportunities for smart urban transportation

Masdar report highlights opportunities f…

Thursday, 18 January 2018 06:40

Emerging mobility technologies have the potential to provide transformational benefits for cities, with successful integration requiring focus on smart urban planning, long-term investment and use of the latest solutions, according...

World Bank forecasts about three per cent GDP growth for MENA in 2018

World Bank forecasts about three per cen…

Thursday, 18 January 2018 06:09

The World Bank Group’s annual forecast has predicted an average of three per cent GDP growth across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in 2018, which is up...

Masdar completes financing to develop Baynouna solar project in Jordan

Masdar completes financing to develop Ba…

Wednesday, 17 January 2018 08:08

Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar) has announced that the financing of the largest solar power plant in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has been completed

NEXTracker delivers solar trackers to Egypt’s Benban solar park

NEXTracker delivers solar trackers to Eg…

Wednesday, 17 January 2018 06:13

The global solar EPC company Sterling and Wilson has selected NEXTracker to supply 325MW of its single-axis solar trackers to the Benban solar park project in Aswan, Egypt

Dubai to get low-cost solar power day and night

Dubai to get low-cost solar power day an…

Tuesday, 16 January 2018 09:57

An ACWA Power-led consortium has been awarded the fourth phase of the Dubai’s Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, which is expected to provide electricity to the emirate throughout...

ENEC CEO highlights role of nuclear energy at the Global Energy Forum

ENEC CEO highlights role of nuclear ener…

Tuesday, 16 January 2018 06:13

The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) has participated in the second Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum in Abu Dhabi, held from 12-13 January 2018

Ajman Holding appoints CSCEC as the official contractor of Mirkaaz

Ajman Holding appoints CSCEC as the offi…

Sunday, 14 January 2018 06:33

The UAE-based Ajman Holding has signed an agreement with China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) Middle East LLC to develop and construct shopping mall Mirkaaz in Ajman, which is expected...

Technical Review Middle East weekly digest - 7th- 11th January

Technical Review Middle East weekly dige…

Sunday, 14 January 2018 04:11

Here is a brief overview of the week’s news on Technical Review Middle East, from 7th- 11th January 2018

International FM leaders to convene at FM EXPO Saudi next week

International FM leaders to convene at F…

Thursday, 11 January 2018 06:34

The Facilities Management Leaders’ Summit will be organised on the opening day of FM EXPO Saudi and Saudi Clean Expo, to be held at the Jeddah Centre for Forums and...

SSAB’s Hardox Wear Plate steel to reduce downtime and increase output

SSAB’s Hardox Wear Plate steel to reduce…

Thursday, 11 January 2018 06:28

The UAE-based Star Cement has shifted from mild steel to SSAB’s Hardox Wear Plate steel grades, aiming to achieve a turnaround in its machinery downtime and increase production

Yahsat and Tanaza to increase public Wi-Fi hotspots globally

Yahsat and Tanaza to increase public Wi-…

Wednesday, 10 January 2018 10:56

Tanaza, the Italian Wi-Fi cloud management software provider, has signed a MoU with the UAE-based satellite operator Yahsat, aiming to provide Wi-Fi management platform for Yahsat’s satellite broadband services

Abu Dhabi to host fifth edition of EcoWASTE Exhibition

Abu Dhabi to host fifth edition of EcoWA…

Wednesday, 10 January 2018 06:27

With an aim to promote sustainable waste management and recycling across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), the fifth edition of EcoWASTE Exhibition will be held in Abu Dhabi...

ACWA Power reaches financial close for three solar PV projects in Egypt

ACWA Power reaches financial close for t…

Tuesday, 09 January 2018 06:25

ACWA Power has reached the financial close of the three solar PV projects worth US$190mn under Round 2 of Egypt Feed-in-Tariff programme II, with an aggregate capacity of 165.5MWp

Al Naboodah launches new facilities management business

Al Naboodah launches new facilities mana…

Monday, 08 January 2018 08:11

Al Naboodah Group Enterprises (ANGE) is entering the facilities management (FM) industry with the launch of Al Naboodah Facilities Management

DP World invests more than US$1bn in global trade in 2017

DP World invests more than US$1bn in glo…

Monday, 08 January 2018 06:50

DP World has invested more than US$1bn in global trade opportunities in 2017, with an aim to diversify its business across the supply chain and explore smart innovation technologies

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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