SDLG launches new variable horsepower graders in Middle East and Africa

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Global construction equipment brand Shandong Lingong Construction Machinery Co. Ltd. (SDLG) has launched variable horsepower versions of two of its biggest selling motor graders for Middle East and African markets

EMC delivers 50 Mercedes-Benz trucks readymix firm in UAE

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Wednesday, 24 May 2017 06:08

Emirates Motor Company (EMC) Daimler Commercial Vehicles has delivered 50 Mercedes-Benz Actros trucks to the UAE concrete firm Transgulf Readymix, believed to be one of the largest deals of its...

The Big 5 Construction Egypt to debut in Cairo in 2018

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Tuesday, 23 May 2017 06:46

The Big 5 Construction Egypt is set to be launched in Cairo Exhibition Centre for the first time from 15-17 September 2018, with an aim to assemble international leaders in...

GE signs deals worth US$15bn for projects in Saudi Arabia

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Monday, 22 May 2017 09:16

GE has taken significant steps in supporting the delivery of Saudi Vision 2030, by announcing in partnership with the kingdom a range of MoUs and projects valued at US$15bn, of...

North Africa’s construction market gains huge impetus with investment worth US$473bn

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Monday, 22 May 2017 06:57

The North African countries are expanding their construction sector with several active high-value projects with approximately US$473bn investment, shows BNC Project Intelligence’s recent market analysis

Imdaad wins US$1.63mn contract from Emirates Post Group

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Monday, 22 May 2017 06:31

Imdaad, a leading integrated facilities management (FM) company based in Dubai, has signed a one-year contract worth US$1.63mn with Emirates Post Group (EPG) and as per the deal, the former...

LED Lighting Industry: Middle East to become one of the fastest growing markets

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Sunday, 21 May 2017 07:55

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Albwardy Damen wins two shipyard awards in the UAE

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Sunday, 21 May 2017 07:01

Albwardy Damen has received two shipyards awards within a month for excellence

SEWA and SNOC sign gas sales agreement for power generation in Sharjah

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Sunday, 21 May 2017 05:40

Sharjah National Oil Corporation (SNOC) and Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority (SEWA) have signed a full gas sales agreement (GSA) to supply natural gas for power generation in the emirate

Technical Review Middle East weekly digest - 14th - 18th May 2017

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Sunday, 21 May 2017 04:00

Here is a brief overview of the week's new on Technical Review Middle East, from 14th - 18th May 2017

GE joins hands with Jomel to set record outage cycle time at KSA plant

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Thursday, 18 May 2017 10:42

GE Power and Jomel (Jubail Operations and Maintenance Company) have achieved a new record in Saudi Arabia for the shortest planned outage cycle time for gas turbine maintenance

SAAC continues to fight counterfeit steel products

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Thursday, 18 May 2017 09:49

A study commissioned by the Steel Alliance against Counterfeiting (SAAC) has revealed that more than half the industry – 53 per cent – has reported an incidence of, what is...

Introducing: Diamond Metal Screens Private Limited

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Thursday, 18 May 2017 07:14

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Cooper Tire set to launch products in Saudi Arabia

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Thursday, 18 May 2017 06:37

Cooper Tire Europe has partnered with Arabian Tires, a major player in Saudi Arabian market, to expand the brand’s business to facilitate customer access to its vast range of high...

GCC building contracts to hit an all-time high of US$85.6bn

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017 06:49

The Big 5 Heavy, Middle East’s largest event for the heavy construction industry, is expected to grab global contracts worth US$85.6bn in 2017, up seven per cent from US$79.5bn in...

Siemens to coordinate industrial automation courses in Kuwait

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017 06:01

Siemens has partnered with the Sabah Al Ahmad Centre for Giftedness and Creativity (SACGC) in Kuwait to provide vocational training courses in industrial automation to the young Kuwaiti professionals. The...

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.


*www.thebig5.ae or contact dmg :: events on +971 (0) 4 438 0355

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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