The Big 5

A previous edition of  The Big 5 ... this year’s show will address tomorrow’s challenges in the built environment.

A previous edition of The Big 5 ... this year’s show will address tomorrow’s challenges in the built environment.

Focus on future of construction

The 39th edition of the region’s mega construction showcase The Big 5 is set to open in Dubai next month with new features, such as a start-up city for rising entrepreneurs that promise to disrupt the construction sector, as well as a focus on women that are pushing the gender boundaries.

October 2018

More than 2,500 exhibitors from all around the world are expected to join the largest and most influential construction event in the Middle East in Dubai, UAE, next month (November 26 to 29).

The Big 5 2018, to be held at the Dubai World Trade Centre, will introduce never-seen-before technologies and innovative solutions under the theme “Shaping the future of construction” and will showcase an impressive array of new features.

The event, in its 39th edition, will shed light on rising entrepreneurs that promise to disrupt the construction sector, as well as on the women that are pushing the industry forward, says a spokeswoman for dmg events, the organiser of The Big 5.

Exhibitors will introduce never-seen-before technologies and innovative solutions.

Exhibitors will introduce never-seen-before technologies and innovative solutions.

“The Big 5 2018 is a must-attend edition that will address today and tomorrow’s challenges in the built environment promoting state-of-the-art solutions across all stages of the construction lifecycle,” says Josine Heijmans, portfolio director at dmg events.

She continues: “Technology is quickly reshaping the world of construction. Today, it offers unprecedented opportunities to work faster, more efficiently and more sustainably. Industry players who embrace innovation in a sector that is widely considered a late technology adopter can truly go a long way in building success, and staying on top in an extremely competitive market.”

The Big 5 2018 will be covering an area as large as 16 football fields one next to the other to showcase thousands of construction products and solutions from around the globe. The exhibitors have been clustered in five dedicated sectors: MEP services, Building Interiors & Finishes, Building Envelope & Special Construction, Construction Tools & Building Materials, and Construction Technology & Innovation.

The popular CPD (Continuing Professional Development)-certified and free-to-attend workshops will run in four dedicated theatres.

The popular CPD (Continuing Professional Development)-certified and free-to-attend workshops will run in four dedicated theatres.

This year, The Big 5 will create one mega event, covering all aspects of construction. For the first time, the show will feature the new Urban Design & Landscaping Expo, The Big 5 Solar, dedicated to solar solutions for construction, the launch HVACR Expo for heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions, the return of the Middle East Concrete, and The Big 5 Heavy, with its display of heavy machinery and vehicles – all under one roof.

 

Segments & Features

At a dedicated Live Innovation Zone, visitors will be able to discover new products and solutions presented at interactive live demonstrations. A permanent display of all the most innovative products at The Big 5 will also offer a glimpse of what is shaking up the construction industry today.

Next to this zone, selected start-ups in the construction industry will display the technologies and solutions that will revolutionise tomorrow’s built environment.

“The Big 5 Start-up City will gather the next construction tech disruptors, a selection of rising stars that will soon make an impact in the field. In order to support these innovative entrepreneurs, The Big 5 will offer a prize worth $25,000 to the most innovative start-up, which will be selected by a panel of judges through an exciting competition,” Heijmans says.

The event will also feature the first FutureTech Construction Summit on November 26. The conference will be fully dedicated to exploring future trends and technologies through case studies, panel discussions and thought-provoking presentations.

Under the theme of ‘Empowering Innovation in the Construction Ecosystem’, the FutureTech Construction Summit will unveil how construction industry professionals can achieve higher productivity, greater sustainability and enhanced affordability in their projects with the help of technology.

This year, The Big 5 will launch the Big 5’s Women in Construction Seminar and Awards, which will offer strong, powerful and successful women an international stage where to share their experience on how they are changing the game and making an impact.

Addressing the need to reinvent gender diversity in the workspace, The Big 5’s Women in Construction Seminar and Awards will pave the way to overcome today’s challenges and advance the entire industry, together.

A wide education agenda including more than 100 seminar sessions will also come back this year at The Big 5. The popular CPD (Continuing Professional Development)-certified and free-to-attend workshops will run in four dedicated theatres as BIM Talks, Architecture Talks, Project Management Talks and Design Talks.

Moreover, beyond the FutureTech Construction Summit and the Women in Construction Seminar, the “How to Do Business in the UAE” seminar will provide value and business intelligence to exhibitors and visitors interested in navigating the burgeoning UAE construction market.

Taking place on November 28, ‘How to Do Business in The UAE’ will be presented with the support of Dubai South Business Park, hosting high-profile speakers such as Manal Al Bayat, senior vice-president - content and programming at Expo 2020, and Hussain Al Fardan, head of innovation centre, strategy and corporate excellence at Dubai Customs.  




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