Bentley Systems signs digital twins deal with Atos

Bentley Systems signs digital twins deal…

Sunday, 18 November 2018 04:37

Atos, one of the leading global digital transformation solution providers, and Bentley Systems have announced a strategic partnership to create and operate digital twins on behalf of industry and infrastructure...

MAN Truck & Bus Jordan supplies 100 new vehicles to Greater Amman Municipality

MAN Truck & Bus Jordan supplies 100 …

Sunday, 18 November 2018 04:34

MAN Truck & Bus Jordan has supplied 101 MAN trucks at Greater Amman Municipality (GAM), in an initiative to make the city of Amman cleaner and greener for residents and...

Clear Blue Technologies lists on Frankfurt Stock Exchange

Clear Blue Technologies lists on Frankfu…

Thursday, 15 November 2018 10:00

Clear Blue Technologies, which provides smart off-grid power, technology, and services, has listed on Frankfurt Stock Exchange

ENEC achieves major progress in construction of Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant

ENEC achieves major progress in construc…

Thursday, 15 November 2018 06:21

The Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) has completed all main concrete works and heavy equipment lifting for the four nuclear reactor units of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant, being built...

DP World Kigali’s logistics platform

DP World Kigali’s logistics platform

Thursday, 15 November 2018 05:30

DP World and the government of Rwanda have established a logistics hub located 20 km from the capital, Kigali, near the international airport

GCC to speed up solar conversion

GCC to speed up solar conversion

Thursday, 15 November 2018 03:48

The GCC is likely to speed up its solar energy conversion movement, reaching its 2030 target of a collective 4.6 GW photovoltaic (PV) in power generation to emerge as a...

ADIPEC 2018: Al Masaood shares global energy solutions

ADIPEC 2018: Al Masaood shares global en…

Wednesday, 14 November 2018 06:10

Al Masaood’s Projects & Engineering Services Division (PESD) has appeared at this year’s Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC) to share comprehensive energy and petrochemical services in cooperation...

Glasspoint and Occidental of Oman cooperate on solar EOR project

Glasspoint and Occidental of Oman cooper…

Wednesday, 14 November 2018 04:14

GlassPoint Solar and Occidental of Oman have signed a MoU agreement aiming to lead to a large solar thermal energy plant, exceeding two gigawatts, at the Mukhaizna oilfield in Oman

Alstom’s first metro trainset comes on time in Dubai

Alstom’s first metro trainset comes on t…

Tuesday, 13 November 2018 04:28

Alstom, French multinational company operating worldwide in rail transport markets, has delivered to the Roads and Transport Authority of Dubai (RTA) the first of the 50 Metropolis trainsets that will...

ABB wins US$79mn order for Abu Dhabi’s Bab onshore project

ABB wins US$79mn order for Abu Dhabi’s B…

Tuesday, 13 November 2018 04:15

China Petroleum Engineering and Construction Corporation (CPECC) has awarded ABB an integrated automation, electrification and telecommunication order worth US$79mn for the upgrade of the Bab Onshore Field in Abu Dhabi

Tata Steel targets carbon neutral mission to oil and gas industry

Tata Steel targets carbon neutral missio…

Tuesday, 13 November 2018 04:01

Tata Steel has announced its ambition to become a carbon neutral producer of steel to the oil and gas industry from 2050 at the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and...

PDO and Be’ah to train and create jobs for 600 young Omanis

PDO and Be’ah to train and create jobs f…

Sunday, 11 November 2018 05:40

Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) is sponsoring the vocational training of 600 young Omanis as part of its efforts to create more than 50,000 job opportunities in and outside the oil...

BKT to build US$100mn tyre production factory in US

BKT to build US$100mn tyre production fa…

Sunday, 11 November 2018 04:20

Balkrishna Industries Limited (BKT), one of the leading India-based off-highway tyre manufacturers, has announced a US$100mn construction project for a new production site that will serve both the US markets...

Caparol Paints expands UAE portfolio, opens new showroom in Sharjah

Caparol Paints expands UAE portfolio, op…

Sunday, 11 November 2018 04:01

Caparol Paints, a global provider of German paints and coating solutions, has launched a new 1800 sq ft showroom at Beena centre, King Faisal Street, Sharjah, a move that is...

Emirates Steel signs iron ore pellet supply deal with Vale

Emirates Steel signs iron ore pellet sup…

Wednesday, 07 November 2018 04:44

Emirates Steel, leading integrated steel plant in the UAE, has signed a four-year contract with Vale, one of the largest producers of iron ore and iron ore pellets, to supply...

National Paints to inaugurate 14 showrooms in the UAE

National Paints to inaugurate 14 showroo…

Wednesday, 07 November 2018 04:34

National Paints, a leading paints brand in the MENA region, has announced to inaugurate a total of 14 new exclusive showrooms in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain in the coming...

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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