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 

Sustainable building forms Big 5 focus

The Big 5 Dubai UAEThe crowds at last year's Big 5 exhibition. (Image source: dmg::events)The 2012 edition of the huge Big 5 building and construction exhibition will be even more product-sector focused than usual and sustainability will form a core theme

This year's comprehensive rollout of the region’s leading construction exhibition opens its doors in the Dubai WTC from 5-8 November 2012.

‘Innovation and Sustainability in Construction’ is the chosen theme and the exhibition’s opening hours will be from 11.00-19.00 each day. A separate Saudi Arabia 2012 edition of The Big 5 International Building & Construction Show has already taken place this year.

The show has grown in scope over more than three decades but the original name has been retained by organisers dmg*.

Products specifically focused on this year include:
- Coatings, adhesives and sealants
- Heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC)
- Kitchens, bathrooms and surfaces
- Steel
- Water technology
- Windows and doors

The Dubai edition of The Big 5 attracted more than 35,000 individual visitors last year, who came from 130 different countries to inspect the products and services of more than 2,300 companies and training institutions.

As well as a number of traditional internal events, Middle East Concrete, PMV Live and FM Expo will also be taking place at the same time. Developed to cater to industry demand, these events will be provide dedicated exhibition zones for commercial buyers within the complex which will focus on the products and services that are most relevant to each activity.

As the region’s leading construction-related consumer products show, The Big 5 cashes in on the US$4 trillion-plus market for construction projects in the MENA countries. The UAE’s share of that huge total is estimated at nearly US$700bn. Some individual sectors of the trade, such as HVAC, are expected to see annual growth of nine per cent or more over the next few years.

“The opportunities being presented across the region continue to remain at the forefront of the world’s construction industry,” the organisers said last August.

Last year’s show saw a move to a more product-sectorised event, making it as easy as possible for visitors to access the materials, items and services they need.

Big on sustainability

The Big 5 organising team point to the increased awareness within the region of the need for the local demonstration of sustainable and environmentally-friendly practices wherever possible. “This has been further demonstrated by the UAE taking pole position in having the highest number of sustainably-certified developments,” the organiser said.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified projects in the Middle East generally indicate that the US-originated, but now widely adopted globally, LEED scheme has positively impacted on the region’s need for meeting local minimum building code requirements. The UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar are at the forefront of this regional trend.

“Sustainability is no longer just a boardroom buzzword but a necessity in the current business landscape,” said dmg’s event director, Andy White. “Thanks to support from the government and various associations in the UAE we have seen how positive the economic impact of sustainability can be.

“More needs to be done in this matter and sustainability is very much at the forefront of The Big 5 2012. Exhibitors, visitors and delegates have consistently fed back that this is an element that holds significant value for them.”

Regional developers and suppliers have risen to this challenge by providing leading solutions across all the key pillars of sustainable building – air quality, water quality and energy usage. Experts expect that sustainability will soon become the norm right across the Gulf.

“There has been a great amount of progress made in the region’s sustainable construction over the past two years specifically,” said Thomas Bohlen of the ME Centre for Sustainability. “Everyone within the industry has an understanding of what Green Building means now, and eventually we will see it become just a normal part of building practice.”

A special Green Building Conference will be taking place on 7 and 8 November.

Other educational events focusing on this subject include two LEED workshops on the 5th and 6th where the Director of Green technologies at FZCO will be taking participants point by point through core concepts, strategies and implementation measures for sustainable building techniques – including sourcing of materials.


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Co-located exhibitions allow visitors to The Big 5 to see an extended range of exhibits, many of them in appropriate outdoor locations. Opening times are the same as for the main event.

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