Megger’s three-phase power quality analyser is intuitive and efficient

Megger’s three-phase power quality analy…

Thursday, 23 February 2017 07:55

Megger is now offering a handheld, three-phase power quality analyser that makes power quality analysis easier and more efficient

‘Growth opportunities in GCC triggered by innovations in building energy efficiency’

‘Growth opportunities in GCC triggered b…

Wednesday, 22 February 2017 12:48

Analysis by Frost & Sullivan shows that the market for energy performance contracting in the UAE was estimated to be US$80mn to US$100mn in 2015 and is expected to have...

Shell awards contracts to two Omani SMEs for ‘Solar into Schools’ project

Shell awards contracts to two Omani SMEs…

Monday, 20 February 2017 10:31

Shell Development Oman has awarded three contracts to two Omani SMEs to carry out the installations in schools for the pilot phase of ‘Solar into Schools’ project

Saint-Gobain to build Multi-Comfort House in Masdar City

Saint-Gobain to build Multi-Comfort Hous…

Sunday, 19 February 2017 12:24

Saint-Gobain will bring its innovative and sustainable solutions to the UAE with the construction of an energy-efficient ‘Multi–Comfort House’ in Masdar City

Quester’s features lower cost of ownership for Middle East businesses

Quester’s features lower cost of ownersh…

Sunday, 19 February 2017 08:35

As part of its commitment to reduce the overall cost of ownership, Japanese manufacturer UD Trucks has revealed eight key features of its new Quester range and the aftermarket service...

RMD Kwikform supports Kuwait’s Sea City project

RMD Kwikform supports Kuwait’s Sea City …

Friday, 17 February 2017 13:46

For the new beachfront development Sabah Al-Ahmed Sea City, 85km south of Kuwait City, equipment specialist RMD Kwikform has provided a wide range of formwork and shoring to developer La’ala...

FG Wilson reaches for the Sky

FG Wilson reaches for the Sky

Thursday, 16 February 2017 17:41

In many parts of the world, seismic certification is becoming a key requirement for generator sets, especially when they are installed in large buildings or facilities in urban areas

Caterpillar to debut Cat® Connect for expanded range of assets

Caterpillar to debut Cat® Connect for ex…

Thursday, 16 February 2017 14:42

At CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017 in Las Vegas from 7-11 March, Caterpillar will launch new Cat® Connect hardware and software to enable equipment managers to connect all of their assets – from...

John Deere extends generator drive range

John Deere extends generator drive range

Thursday, 16 February 2017 02:48

John Deere Power Systems (JDPS), is launching its new 200 kVA prime/225 kVA standby power generator drive engine at the Middle East Electricity show in Dubai

ABB delivers substation to enable power flow from solar park in Dubai

ABB delivers substation to enable power …

Wednesday, 15 February 2017 16:50

ABB has successfully energised a major substation that will help stream power from the Mohamed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum (MBR) Solar Park

Borouge showcases XLPE insulation materials at MEE

Borouge showcases XLPE insulation materi…

Wednesday, 15 February 2017 07:44

Borouge and Borealis showcased their latest cutting-edge products for advanced insulation and cable protection applications at the Middle East Electricity 2017, with Borouge focusing on its new cross-linkable polyethylene (XLPE)...

Perkins offers durable and reliable power in the Middle East

Perkins offers durable and reliable powe…

Tuesday, 14 February 2017 07:54

Perkins aims to address the growing demand for power in the Middle East with a strong presence in MEE 2017.

Volvo Penta launch power generation engines at MEE 2017

Volvo Penta launch power generation engi…

Tuesday, 14 February 2017 07:37

Volvo Penta is launching two new diesel engines - the TWD1645GE and TWD1644GE - offering up 800 kVA for genset market 

Middle East Electricity and Solar Middle East is 'essential to business'

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Tuesday, 14 February 2017 07:19

His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and the Minister of Finance of the UAE, officially inaugurated the 42nd edition of Middle East Electricity (MEE2017) as Anita...

Cummins set to launch new STAMFORD alternator

Cummins set to launch new STAMFORD alter…

Monday, 13 February 2017 11:39

Cummins Generator Technologies will launch its latest product in the new STAMFORD S- Range of alternators at Middle East Electricity 2017 that will be held from 14-16 February

Portable hi-end switchgear test systems from KoCoS

Portable hi-end switchgear test systems …

Monday, 13 February 2017 09:54

At Middle East Electricity (MEE) 2017, KoCoS will present its latest switchgear test system ACTAS, which is a portable and stationary test system for performing fully automatic function tests on...

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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