HUG EMEA 2016 opens at The Hague

HUG EMEA 2016 opens at The Hague

Wednesday, 26 October 2016 08:01

24 October 2016 marks the opening day of the four-day event hosted by Honeywell at the World Forum Convention Centre

Doosan Bobcat delivers first mini-excavators in Oman

Doosan Bobcat delivers first mini-excava…

Tuesday, 25 October 2016 10:08

Doosan Bobcat has delivered 20 new Bobcat E20 compact excavators supplied by International Heavy Equipment LLC (IHE) to Oman National Engineering & Investment Co. (SAOG), touted to be first mini-excavators...

Oman to strengthen public–private partnership framework

Oman to strengthen public–private partne…

Monday, 24 October 2016 08:13

Ali bin Masoud Al Sunaidy, Oman’s minister of commerce and industry, said that the government is focused on establishing the public–private partnership (PPP) framework to solve funding challenges and attract...

Hospitality Qatar 2016 momentum carries to day two of the show

Hospitality Qatar 2016 momentum carries …

Thursday, 20 October 2016 07:57

Since its inauguration on 18th Oct, the 2nd Annual Hospitality Qatar 2016 has demonstrated its leadership as the Global Hospitality and HORECA (Hotels, Restaurants, Cafes) Show in Qatar

DigiRobotics launches UAE’s first 3D-printed car at GITEX

DigiRobotics launches UAE’s first 3D-pri…

Thursday, 20 October 2016 07:10

The UAE’s first 3D-printed autonomous vehicle leads launches of 3D printed technology at GITEX Technology Week in Dubai

Kohler and Liebherr join forces on G-Drive diesel engine range

Kohler and Liebherr join forces on G-Dri…

Thursday, 20 October 2016 06:54

The two firms have collaborated on a new line of G-Drive engines developed to power the KD Series of Kohler and Kohler-SDMO diesel industrial generators 

‘New projects set to boost steel business in GCC’

‘New projects set to boost steel busines…

Thursday, 20 October 2016 06:01

The recent announcement of new projects signals a steady flow of investments into sectors like infrastructure and manufacturing, which is set to generate contracts for regional steel fabricators in the...

New Saudi Arabian-Egyptian firm to build US$1bn steel complex

New Saudi Arabian-Egyptian firm to build…

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 07:41

Egyptian Suez Canal Authority (SCA) has signed a US$1bn partnership deal with a Saudi Arabian company to establish iron and steel factory in Ain Sukhna

Kohler unveils new industrial diesel generator product range

Kohler unveils new industrial diesel gen…

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 06:30

Kohler has launched its KD series which has Kohler and Kohler-SDMO branding on its new range of diesel industrial generators

Huawei to build Tier-III data centres for airports in Dubai

Huawei to build Tier-III data centres fo…

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 06:17

Huawei Technologies will be partnering with Dubai Airports to construct world’s first Tier-III certified modular data centre complex (MDCC) at Dubai International Airport

Doha Port to get US$549mn facelift next year

Doha Port to get US$549mn facelift next …

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 03:44

Doha Port will undergo a US$549mn redevelopment in Q2 2017 and will close for navigation next March to make way for the works, according to reports

Xylem inaugurates its first regional manufacturing facility in the Middle East

Xylem inaugurates its first regional man…

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 07:23

State-of-the-art manufacturing facility to produce pumps, among other technologies, and provide localized and integrated services to local, regional customers Xylem, a leading global water technology company dedicated to solving the world’s...

ADNOC to create world-class shipping, marine and services company

ADNOC to create world-class shipping, ma…

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 07:06

ADNOC will consolidate shipping, marine and services companies to streamline operations and maximise value 

Oman seeks bids for large-scale solar projects

Oman seeks bids for large-scale solar pr…

Monday, 17 October 2016 05:54

Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP) has invited bids from qualified technical and economic consultants to support the implementation of large-scale solar power plants in the sultanate

Doosan wins US$896.46mn Saudi Arabia gas plant contract

Doosan wins US$896.46mn Saudi Arabia gas…

Sunday, 16 October 2016 11:31

Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Company has won the Fadhili combined cycle power plant project worth US$896.46mn in Saudi Arabia

Xylem opens new pump rental and services business in Dubai to support MENA

Xylem opens new pump rental and services…

Thursday, 13 October 2016 07:52

Xylem, global water technology company, has announced the opening of a new pump rental and service business in Dubai to serve growing demand from the construction and infrastructure sectors, as...

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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