Caterpillar launch new 980L medium wheel loader for the Middle East and beyond

Caterpillar launch new 980L medium wheel…

Monday, 23 January 2017 10:17

The new 980L medium wheel loader is to feature greater operator comfort, more power, greater fuel efficiency, drive-train refinement and safety enhancement over its predecessor, the 980H  On 20 January 2017,...

MESIA release winners of the 2017 Solar Awards

MESIA release winners of the 2017 Solar …

Sunday, 22 January 2017 07:18

In partnership with the World Future Energy Summit 2017, the Middle East Solar Industry Association (MESIA) unveiled the winners of the 2017 Middle East Solar Awards on 18 January  

Safe lockout for large gate valves

Safe lockout for large gate valves

Thursday, 19 January 2017 07:59

Safely lock out gate valves with diameters up to 18 inch (457 mm) with the Brady’s new Collapsible Gate Valve Lockout. Easily store or carry the device thanks to its...

Mercedes-Benz launch special edition Actros to celebrate 20th anniversary

Mercedes-Benz launch special edition Act…

Thursday, 19 January 2017 07:40

Mercedes-Benz Trucks MENA have launched a special edition truck to celebrate its flagship model, Actros, and its 20th anniversary 

Kuwait to spend US$15.6bn on infrastructure in FY2017-18

Kuwait to spend US$15.6bn on infrastruct…

Thursday, 19 January 2017 07:27

Kuwait is set to spend around US$15.6bn (KD4.74bn) on infrastructure and other projects in fiancial year 2017-2018 with the private sector contributing 16.9 per cent of the investment

Outokumpu win stainless steel order for bridge project in Kuwait

Outokumpu win stainless steel order for …

Thursday, 19 January 2017 07:27

Outokumpa Long Products have won a contract to provide 1,600 metric tonnes of stainless steel rebar for the Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad Al-Sabah highway bridge project in Kuwait

SABIC return to World Economic Forum with ICEhouse

SABIC return to World Economic Forum wit…

Thursday, 19 January 2017 07:21

Innovative SABIC composite materials that have opened up a vast new array of possibilities for designers in diverse industries are taking centre stage at the World Economic Forum as part...

Promoting low carbon development at WFES 2017

Promoting low carbon development at WFES…

Wednesday, 18 January 2017 14:25

Dubai Carbon, a locally developed think tank for environmental economics, is playing a key role in promoting sustainable development in Dubai and the wider region

Renovating older buildings can save up to 50 per cent of energy costs

Renovating older buildings can save up t…

Wednesday, 18 January 2017 07:31

Government initiatives to make older buildings more energy efficient could achieve dramatic reductions in the UAE’s electricity consumption, one of the speakers at the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) Energy...

Volvo CE headquarters to move from Brussels to Gothenburg, Sweden

Volvo CE headquarters to move from Bruss…

Monday, 16 January 2017 10:20

Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) announced on 12 January that it is moving its global headquarters from Brussels, Belgium to Gothenburg, Sweden

FM EXPO Saudi and Saudi Clean Expo opens

FM EXPO Saudi and Saudi Clean Expo opens

Monday, 16 January 2017 07:55

HVAC R Saudi Expo also opens alongside the events that is taking place 15 - 17 January 2017 at the Jeddah Centre for Forums and Events 

FM EXPO Saudi and Saudi Clean Expo to debut in January 2017

FM EXPO Saudi and Saudi Clean Expo to de…

Thursday, 12 January 2017 07:27

The Jeddah Centre for Forums and Events is to host the FM EXPO Saudi 2017 and Saudi Clean Expo between 15-17 January 2017

Volvo to push boundaries at CONEXPO/CON-AGG 2017

Volvo to push boundaries at CONEXPO/CON-…

Wednesday, 11 January 2017 08:15

From industry-first size classes to technology advancements in machine interfaces and customer support capabilities, it will be clear to visitors why Volvo chose ‘push boundaries’ as its theme for CONEXPO/CON-AGG...

Clean tech competition returns to International Water Summit 2017

Clean tech competition returns to Intern…

Tuesday, 10 January 2017 04:50

The International Water Summit’s (IWS) exciting competition to find the best clean tech solutions for water sustainability returns as 10 contestants bid for market recognition during Innovate@IWS

Imdaad declares 2016 profits

Imdaad declares 2016 profits

Monday, 09 January 2017 08:02

Imdaad, the GCC’s leading integrated facilities (FM) company based in Dubai, has expressed its optimism for the year 2017, registering a revenue of US$136.1mn in 2016, which is an increase...

Volvo EC140D, available for EMEA, boosts profitability on-site

Volvo EC140D, available for EMEA, boosts…

Friday, 06 January 2017 13:46

The new Volvo EC140D excavator is available with a Tier 2-compliant engine in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) markets (excluding Turkey)

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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