MENA data centre spend to hit US$5bn by 2020

MENA data centre spend to hit US$5bn by …

Tuesday, 14 August 2018 06:38

Data centre modernisation in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) ranks as one of the top digital business priorities for regional CEOs in the next two years, enabling new...

Emrill set to boost UAE’s facilities management sector

Emrill set to boost UAE’s facilities man…

Tuesday, 14 August 2018 06:19

The UAE-based integrated facilities management (FM) company Emrill has announced a record annual contract wins and renewals of more than US$135mn in 2017

Improve your utility customer experience

Improve your utility customer experience

Monday, 13 August 2018 06:12

As utility companies continue to develop more customer-centric businesses, cloud services are helping them to engage with the customers in a more appealing way

Huawei to accelerate 5G ecosystem in Bahrain

Huawei to accelerate 5G ecosystem in Bah…

Sunday, 12 August 2018 06:42

Huawei, leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices, has announced to implement its new ‘1+1 antenna modernisation’ solutions to roll out commercial 5G networks...

Saudi Arabia to help rebuild Yemen

Saudi Arabia to help rebuild Yemen

Sunday, 12 August 2018 06:03

Saudi Arabia has announced eight new developmental projects in Al Mahra Governorate in Yemen, as part of Saudi Reconstruction Programme in Yemen (SRPY)

UAE’s Yahsat introduces Yahclick Wi-Fi Enterprise Solution

UAE’s Yahsat introduces Yahclick Wi-Fi E…

Thursday, 09 August 2018 06:53

Yahsat, the UAE-based satellite operator, has launched the YahClick Wi-Fi Enterprise Solution in partnership with Italian Wi-Fi cloud management software provider Tanaza

Second edition of Phanes Group solar incubator for sub-Saharan Africa launched

Second edition of Phanes Group solar inc…

Wednesday, 08 August 2018 09:08

Phanes Group, global end-to-end solar provider headquartered in Dubai, has announced the 2nd edition of its Solar Incubator programme, aimed at identifying PV projects of potential in sub-Saharan Africa by...

Saudi Arabia’s PIF buys five per cent stake in Tesla

Saudi Arabia’s PIF buys five per cent st…

Wednesday, 08 August 2018 07:06

Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) has acquired up to five per cent stake in electric car maker Tesla

Bobcat targets heavy lift handling with new compact telehandler

Bobcat targets heavy lift handling with …

Wednesday, 08 August 2018 04:47

Bobcat has launched TL43.80HF telehandler in the Middle East and Africa for heavy lift handling applications such as in manufacturing, building materials, warehousing, quarrying and mining

Thales to provide security to Muscat International Airport’s new terminal

Thales to provide security to Muscat Int…

Tuesday, 07 August 2018 06:52

The new terminal of Muscat International Airport, which was opened in March 2018, is benefiting its passengers from enhanced operations and overall security provided by Thales

Dubai’s mega tunnel works on track, estimated completion by 2020

Dubai’s mega tunnel works on track, esti…

Monday, 06 August 2018 07:39

The construction of a deep tunnel storm water system in Dubai is currently underway by the PORR-Six Construct joint venture for Dubai Municipality

UAE-based Yahsat acquires stake in Thuraya

UAE-based Yahsat acquires stake in Thura…

Monday, 06 August 2018 06:41

Yahsat, UAE-based global satellite operator owned by Mubadala Investment Company, has acquired a majority and controlling stake in the mobile satellite services operator Thuraya

DEWA tests energy storage system at Dubai’s solar park

DEWA tests energy storage system at Duba…

Monday, 06 August 2018 06:27

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has launched a pilot project to install and test a 1.2MW/7.2MW per hour sodium sulphur battery energy storage system (NaS BESS) at the Mohammed...

Oman’s Port of Duqm offers additional 100 ha for investment

Oman’s Port of Duqm offers additional 10…

Monday, 06 August 2018 06:15

The Port of Duqm Company is set to open an additional 100 ha of new real estate for investment, following the uptake of 65 ha of land to develop logistics...

Saudi Arabia’s Zahid Group acquires German solar PV firm

Saudi Arabia’s Zahid Group acquires Germ…

Monday, 06 August 2018 06:15

OMAS, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Saudi Arabian conglomerate Zahid Group, has acquired a 50 per cent share in Greencells Group, a German provider for solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants

Immensa and Consolidated Contractors Company revive concrete casting techniques with 3D printing

Immensa and Consolidated Contractors Com…

Thursday, 02 August 2018 06:14

Immensa Technology Labs, the UAE’s leading additive manufacturing (AM or 3D printing) company, in collaboration with Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) has released the result of a world-first joint effort to...

Sustainable products at the heart of The Big 5

Green Build Conference at The Big 5 2012 The Big 5 2012 takes place from 5-8 November at Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. (Image source: dmg::events)Sustainable products will be a key growth driver for the Middle East construction sector, according to Mario Seneviratne, a speaker at the Green Build Conference at The Big 5 2012 and director of Green Technologies FZCO

The region, which has already made major inroads in the adoption of sustainable construction practices over the last five years, paves this growth further as international exhibitors choose to introduce their latest innovations in this market.

The Big 5 2012 will see a number of green product launches and demonstrations from exhibitors, some of which will be introduced in the Middle East for the first time ever. They include Carlisle HVAC Products, an exhibitor from the US, who has developed a robot - the Inspecting, Sealing and Advanced Cleaning (ISAAC) Robotic Solution - to offer efficient remediation of existing HVAC systems.

The robot can clean hard to reach places that are inaccessible to humans. It can also help improve indoor air quality and decrease heating and cooling costs without significant interruption to building occupants.

Similarly, for the region with abundant solar energy, Austria-based exhibitor Sun Master has developed a new solar collector that feature vein-like channels – similar to those found in leaves – to deliver a greater thermal output without increasing manufacturing costs.

Another exhibitor, Taiwan’s Leve Bio-Green will introduce LED lighting systems that are used widely across hospitals, supermarkets, public buildings and warehouses. Their products can save energy by more than 50 percent and have a lifespan of up to 50,000 hours.

In the region, UAE and Qatar have sustainability regulations already in place that mandate minimum levels of sustainability. Similarly, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia have numerous projects that have sustainability related key performance indicators, implying a clear shift towards green.

Sustainable buildings call for a wide range of products and services that are designed to comply with a structure’s complete lifecycle - from design, construction, operation, maintenance and renovation to its final stage of deconstruction. Green projects today are seen as profitable as it offers a greater return on investment for the developers while being cost-efficient for the end-user.

“These eco-friendly launches come at a time when the UAE is driving the way with new rules and regulations to promote sustainable construction,” said Mario Seneviratne.

“In order to increase further awareness for green buildings, one of the educational elements at this year’s event will include Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) workshops which will take participants through core concepts, strategies and implementation of sustainable buildings."

To support the adoption of eco-efficient products among local manufacturers, designers and contractors, The Big 5 will also host the Gaia Awards and the Green Build Conference, which will address important issues and opportunities that are essential to remain compliant, competitive and sustainable in the Middle East.

The Big 5 2012 takes place from 5-8 November with Middle East Concrete, PMV Live and FM EXPO at the Dubai World Trade Centre. An event with more than 30 years of history, it has grown to become the largest of its kind for the building and construction industry, and a truly international stage for the Middle East industry.

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