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After a record-breaking edition in 2016 that welcomed 78,579 participants from 142 countries, The Big 5 is coming back bigger than ever this year. Awarded “Best Trade Exhibition Over 10,000 sqm Gross” at The Middle East Event Awards 2017, the largest and the most influential construction event in the Middle East will open its doors at the Dubai World Trade Centre from 26 to 29 November.

The 38th edition of The Big 5 will offer industry professionals from around the globe an enhanced platform to do business, and source the most innovative products and solutions for their projects from over 2,500 exhibitors.
Networking and learning opportunities will be also on the rise this year, with The Big 5 CPD-certified Talks, Live Products Demonstrations, the Platinum Club, the 10th edition of the Gaia Awards, the Excellence in Construction Summit and The Big 5’s Innovation in Precast Summit, enabling professionals and decision makers to stay ahead with the latest trends and opportunities in the ever evolving regional construction market.

The Big 5’s Excellence in Construction Summit will explore current and future trends of the construction sector in Dubai, the GCC region and beyond. The high-level conference will take place on November 26, bringing under one roof the visionaries and forward thinking leaders who have expanded the horizons of excellence in strategic innovations and construction.

Some of the confirmed VIP speakers include Ahmed Al Khatib, Vice President of Real Estate & Delivery at Expo 2020 Dubai; Chris Kelsey, CEO of Cazza, the company behind the first 3D printed skyscraper project; and Bibop G. Gresta, Chairman and Co-Founder of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies.

On November 26 and 27, The Big 5 will also host the first Innovation in Precast Summit. Exploring the latest technologies, innovations, standards and regulations in precast concrete, the two-day event will feature internationally renowned precast experts, and is expected to be a turning point in the development of the regional building sector.

The Big 5 2017 will also offer 72 world-class educational sessions, The Big 5 Talks. Delivered by industry leaders, the Talks will focus on six themes: MEP, Architecture, Sustainability, Business, Technology and Project Management.

The sessions will be CPD (Continuing Professional Development) certified, and free to attend for all visitors. Over 6,000 architects, engineers, project managers, contractors, developers and interior designers attended the complimentary workshops in 2016, confirming The Big 5 as the leading hub for knowledge-sharing and professional growth within the regional construction industry.

After the successful introduction of a new floor plan that clusters exhibitors into product sectors, The Big 5 2017 will further facilitate business opportunities effectively responding to the current needs of construction industry professionals. In order to meet the growing demand for smart, innovative and sustainable cooling solutions, and to support the local construction market in advancing industry best practices, The Big 5 is introducing a new dedicated HVAC-R hall.

Moreover, with 20% of visitors at The Big 5 2016 expressing an interest in solar technology, the largest construction event in the region will be co-located for the first time to The Big 5 Solar. Under the patronage of the UAE Ministry of Energy, the event is set to become a premier platform for solar industry professionals to network and do business in the Middle East. The Big 5 Solar pursues the escalating green demands in the GCC market by showcasing solar technologies from local and international exhibitors, as well as offering an education agenda geared towards industry development.

With environmental awareness surging in the regional construction industry, the 10th edition of the Gaia Awards at the Big 5 will recognize innovative ‘green’ products and sustainable solutions for the MENA built environment, while the Live Product Demonstrations will offer an interactive display of the most innovative products and technologies presented in real time by The Big 5 exhibitors.
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The Big 5 is a series of construction trade fairs originating in Dubai connecting international suppliers of construction products and services with buyers from the MENA region.
The Big 5 is held annually in Dubai in late November and attracted 78,579 participants in 2016, according to figures from media auditing firm BPA Worldwide, making The Big 5 in Dubai the largest construction event in the Middle East.

Organised by dmg events Middle East, Asia & Africa, there are seven annual editions of the exhibition that take place in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, India, Indonesia, East Africa (Kenya), North Africa (Morocco) and Egypt (to be launched in September 2018). Moreover, the first Big 5 Solar (dedicated to drive a solar powered world and to build the solar community of tomorrow) and The Big 5 Heavy (dedicated to the infrastructure industry) are set to debut in Dubai in November 2017 and March 2018 respectively.

The Big 5 has its origins in an event known as Arab Water and came about from an amalgamation of five separate product-focused events that all had a link to the construction sector – such as HVAC and building materials. With the building of the Dubai World Trade Centre, which began to develop in the late 1970s, the event found a permanent home and has expanded in size along with the venue. When dmg events Middle East, Asia & Africa acquired the exhibition in 2000, the event covered some 12,000m²: this has risen to a current figure of 114,720² in gross floor space and 47,584m² in net exhibiting area. State support for the event has come from both international and local institutions.

In 2007, the event was one of the first in the region to welcome a prime minister when the then Italian leader Romano Prodi visited the exhibition with his minister for international trade.[3] In 2012, British prime minister David Cameron also visited the event in support of his nation’s export businesses. The visits reflected both the value of bilateral trade with the UAE but also the rise in importance of the Persian Gulf region as a whole to European export manufacturers, with EU exports to the GCC valued at $125bn in 2015.


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The Big 5 Dubai, together with the two co-located shows, PMV Live and Middle East Concrete, will be held in Dubai World Trade Centre.



Industry sectors
Construction Technology, Materials and Equipment, Interior Fittings (industry 09), City Sanitation, Water Technology, Waste Disposal, Public Services (industry 45), Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Ventilation Technology (industry 70), Environment and Climate Protection (industry 86)

Main product group
3D printing, Adhesives, Air Conditioning, Air Conditioning Installations, Builders Hardware, Building and Construction, Building Automation, Building Engineering, Building Equipment, Building Fittings, Building Materials, Building Parts, Building Preservatives, Building Sections, Building Supplies, Coating Materials, Construction Planning, Doors, Electric Installation Equipment, Electrical Engineering, Facade Technology, Fire Prevention, Heating Technology, Interior Construction, Interior Lighting, IT Services, Mechanical Handling, Metals, Plumbing, Refrigeration, Refrigeration Technology, Robotics, Roofing, Sealants, Security Installations, Smart Home, Software, Solar Power Equipment, Steel, Sun Blinds, Tools, Water Technology, Windows

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Benefits of Exhibiting
As The Big 5 gear’s up for its 38th year, make sure you secure your space in your dedicated product sector and connect with your key buyers.

We understand what is important to you as an exhibitor and what you are looking to achieve by being part of The Big 5 in 2017. That is why we wanted to share with you what our exhibitors in 2016 were able to successfully achieve. By being part of the largest construction event in the Middle East, we are confident you will be able to achieve your goals, whatever they may be.

At The Big 5, we understand how important is it to achieve your business objectives, and we are here to support you in doing just that. The reason we are able to continue to deliver successful events year after year is because we listen to what our exhibitors want.

Take a look at how we were able to support our exhibitors in 2016.
Successfully meeting exhibitor objectives:

  • 92% promoted their company image in the region
  • 89% met with agents and distributors in the region
  • 88% got insights into the Middle East market
  • 83% sold products to existing customers
  • 80% sold products to new customers

Advertising Opportunities
92 % of exhibitors said to us that they were able to promote their company and image successfully in 2016 at The Big 5. So this year we are continuing to provide branding and sponsorship opportunities that mean you can do just that.

The Big 5 Preview & Show Dailies are the only place we can write about your products and get this information into every visitor’s hands as they enter the show. Enquire now to submit your editorial or talk to us about the options – or +971 4 445 3748

See how you can invest to stand out from the crowd at The Big 5 this year: Preview & Show Dailies
Take a look at our suite of advertising opportunities to support your presence at The Big 5. Reach 400,000 construction professionals, and more importantly the key buyers you want to do business with in our Big 5 Hub magazine, or any of the onsite sponsorship options we have available.

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2. Meeting the key buyers

Who Visits

The Big 5 is the global meeting place for construction industry professionals, attracting serious buyers from the UAE, the wider GCC region and internationally.
As we continue to develop the floorplan in 2017, The Big 5 still remains the perfect platform for construction professionals to access thousands of key construction suppliers to find the products that they are looking for.

Last year we welcomed 78,579 participants over four days, from 142 countries across the globe, making this the biggest and best attended Big 5 show ever, and further underpinning the show as the main event of the year within the construction industry event portfolio. Take a look at who visits the show, and register your interest with us today.

Key Buyers profiles include:

  • Purchasing Managers
  • Project Managers
  • Engineers
  • Consultants
  • Contractors
  • Architects
  • Interior Designers

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We know it is important to not only attract the right key buyer profiles, but we also know it is important to you that they are from the key markets you are interested in doing business in. That is why we also create targeted campaigns to visitors from the following markets:

  • Saudi Arabia
  • UAE
  • Qatar
  • Iran
  • Oman

Why key buyers attend The Big 5
Your key buyers are attending The Big 5 to find you and the products they need, and now we have made that even easier by creating a floorplan based on dedicated product sectors. Take a look at some quick visitor facts from 2016, and how well we were able to meet your clients needs:
Successfully meeting visitors key reasons for attending:

  • 97% were able to discover new product trends and innovations
  • 96% were able to meet with current suppliers
  • 97% were able to source new international products
  • 96% were able to find a local distributor

Ensuring we are able to meet your key buyers needs to the highest level possible, means we are confident they will come back year after year. Nowhere else can construction professionals network, do business and learn over four key business days. So don’t miss out on meeting your key buyers at the largest construction platform in the Middle East.


Origin of exhibitors 2016 from 61 countries
Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, People’s Republic , Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Rep., Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Iran, Islamic Republic , Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Korea, Democratic People’s Republic, Korea, Republic, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, former Yugoslav Republic, Malaysia, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestinian territories, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America , Vietnam.


The Big 5 Solar launches this November 26 – 29 2017 dedicated to driving a solar powered world and building the solar community of tomorrow. Co-located with The Big 5 Dubai, the largest construction show in the Middle East at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
5894 of The Big 5 visitors in 2016 were looking for solar technologies making The Big 5 Solar an ideal platform to meet dedicated buyers, get inspired at the Global Leaders Solar Summit and open up to new markets. GCC countries aim to reach 10% of power production from renewable energy sources by 2020 presenting massive opportunities for suppliers in the region.


Up 7% from 2016, the new building contracts’ value in the GCC will hit US$ 85.6 billion in 2017. Get unique insights about the most prominent and talked about projects and check out what’s going on within the regional construction market.


1.1. Project: Kuwait Airport passenger terminal, Cost: $4.27 billion
Info: Currently being built by the Turkey-based construction company Limak Insaat, the new terminal is expected to handle 25 million passengers per year after completion and accommodate aircraft types through 51 gates and stands.

1.2. Project: South Saad Al-Abdullah Smart City, Cost: $4 billion, Expected Date of Construction commencement: 2019
Info: A consortium of South Korean builders will construct a proposed smart city in the west of the country’s capital. The group of builders, from both the private and public sectors, will be led by Hyundai Architects and Engineers Associates Co. and POSCO A&C. The city will cover an area of 15,913 acres in size and is expected to provide accommodation for 25,000 — 40,000 families. Kuwait is currently working on the planning of 9 new cities, and South Saad Al-Abdulla will serve as the nation’s template.

1.3. Project: Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah Causeway, Cost: $3 billion, Scheduled Date of Completion: 2018
Info: The Subbiya Bridge will be one of the largest causeways in the world once completed. The bridge will be part of Kuwait’s $100 billion Silk City, planned to reinvigorate the ancient Silk Road trade route by establishing a major free trade zone linking the Gulf to central Asia and Europe. The 36km, three-quarters of it over water, will cut the driving time between Kuwait City and Subbiya to 20-25 minutes from 90 minutes now. South Korea’s Hyundai Engineering and Construction is working with Kuwait’s Combined Group Contracting Company on the project.


2.1. Project: Duqm Port, Project Cost: $1.25 billion, Scheduled Date of Completion: 2019

Info: Once fully operational, the port, situated in the Special Economic Zone Authority at Duqm (Sezad) will have a 2.2km long commercial berth, 1km long government berth and a break bulk berth for miscellaneous cargoes. The company plans to increase the container terminal capacity to 3.5 million TEUs (twenty foot equivalent units) when the terminal will be working at its maximum capacity.


3.1. Project name: Makkah Grand Mosque Redevelopment, Project cost: $100 billion,
Expected date of completion: 2018
Info: The project includes the expansion of the circumambulation area around the Holy Kaaba (Mataf).

3.2. Project name: Riyadh Metro, Project cost: $22 billion, Expected date of completion: 2019
Info: In 2012 the Council of Ministers approved the Riyadh Public Transport Project (RPTP), under the management of the Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA), which features a six-line metro system, including 87 air-conditioned stations, to be accompanied by a fleet of nearly 1,000 buses covering 24 routes. Advanced Construction Technology Services (ACTS) has been awarded a contract to carry out testing and analysis of construction materials to be used for the Riyadh Metro Lines 1 and 2.

3.3. Project name: Jeddah Metro, Project cost: $8.5 billion, Expected date of completion: 2022
Info: In March 2013, the Council of Ministers approved creation of a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Jeddah Development and Urban Regeneration Company, the Jeddah Metro Company. The Jeddah Metro Company will see the delivery of a $12 billion, multi-modal network, incorporating a four-line metro system, a commuter rail line, a tramway, an 816-vehicle bus fleet and a 27-km boat network. The system is to be ready by 2022.

3.4. Project name: Jeddah Tower, Project cost: $1.23 billion, Expected date of completion: 2019
Info: On completion, the Jeddah Tower will rise a kilometre into the sky, building to be the world’s tallest building. It will feature the world’s highest observatory and be a mixed-use building with a gross floor area of 245,000 sqm including offices, a 200-room Four Seasons Hotel, 121 serviced apartments, 360 residential apartments and will have around 250 floors. It is located in Obhur, just north of Jeddah, on the Red Sea coast. The Tower was designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture of Chicago. It is part of the larger development, Jeddah Economic City. The project developer is Saudi Binladin Group.

3.5. Project name: King Abdulaziz International Airport Expansion, Project cost: $7.2 billion

Expected date of completion: 2035
Info: The expansion is designed to increase the airport’s capacity from 13 million passengers per year to 80 million passengers per year. The project will be developed in 3 phases increasing to 30 million, 43 million and 80 million passengers per year respectively. The project also includes the construction of a transportation centre featuring a rail station, a 136 metres-high air traffic control tower, taxiways, roads, tunnels, utilities networks, support facilities, fuel tank farm, internal gardens and walkways. The Saudi Binladin Group is the main contractor while Atkins and Arup act as consultants is the lead designer and Areen Design is responsible for the fit-out. Civil works on the site are being delivered by Al Mabani General Contractors, while a Saudi Oger/Murray & Roberts joint venture is responsible for delivering the service road tunnel.

3.6. Project name: Jubail II, Project cost: $80 billion, Expected date of completion: 2026
Info: Considered to be the largest civil engineering project of the world, the project on completion is expected to double the size of the Jubail Industrial City (build in 1976) by 6,200 hectares. Over 1,900 hectares will be developed during the process and a combination of tunnels, highways and superstructures that will create an unobstructed path to development and the mining industry.

3.7. Project name: King Abdullah Economic City, Project cost: $100 billion,
Expected date of completion: 2035
Info: The world’s largest privately-funded new city King Abdullah Economic City is a prime example of the country’s commitment to private-public partnership development. Situated on the Red Sea coast, the city covers 181 million sqm of land and is being developed into a fully integrated city. It consists of the Industrial Valley, King Abdullah Port, the Coastal Communities, the Hejaz gate and Haramain Railway Station. The city is being developed by Emaar The Economic City, a company listed on the Saudi Arabian stock market and in which the UAE-based Emaar Properties is a 33% stakeholder. Much of the building work to date has been carried out by Saudi BinLadin Group.

3.8. Project name: Knowledge Economic City, Project cost: $7 billion,
Expected date of completion: 2020
Info: Knowledge Economic City (KEC) is a publically listed company that was established for the purpose of developing and managing the delivery of the Knowledge Economic City Project. The company was formally established in August 2010 following a successful IPO earlier that year.


4.1. Project name: Dubai Frame, Cost: $43.6 million, Construction commencement: 2013
Expected date of completion: October 2017
Info: The 150 metre-high, 193 metre-long frame, with a gold cladding cover, consists of two towers connected by a 100 sqm bridge. At the top, visitors will have a bird’s-eye view of old Dubai as they look towards Al Karama, Umm Hurair, Bur Dubai and Deira on side and the high-rise towers and development projects of new Dubai on the flip side. The project is expected to attract 2 million visitors a year.

4.2. Project: Dubai Safari, Cost: $280 million
Info: Currently under construction in Al Warqa 5, Dubai Safari is spread over 1.2 sq km. Of this, 80 hectares is dedicated for 2 villages, namely Asian and African, and 35 hectares for an open safari village as well as a children’s park. The valley is solar-powered and has been set up in an area of 7.5 hectares, which includes a waterfall, a stream and a lake for fish, in addition to wooden bridges.

4.3. Project: Dubai Hyperloop, Cost: $4.8 billion, Construction Commencement: 2019
Info: Los Angeles-based company, Hyperloop One will introduce the world’s first operational Hyperloop system – a high-speed transit system for the UAE. The 150km Abu Dhabi-Dubai Hyperloop route would take commuters from one emirate to the next in just 12 minutes.

4.5. Project: Bluewaters Island, Cost: $1.63billion, Expected date of completion: 2018
Info: Dubai-based Meraas is developing Bluewaters Island off the coast of JBR. The main feature of the development is a gigantic 210-metre-tall wheel. The man-made destination will offer waterfront living with 10 residential towers, featuring 698 apartments and 17 townhouses as well as 150 retail and dining options.

4.6. Project: Midfield Terminal Project Abu Dhabi, Cost: $2.94 billion,
Expected date of completion: 2019
Info: The new terminal being built byAbu Dhabi Airports will accommodate an additional 30 million passengers per year. The Midfield Terminal Building (MTB), a key element of the future Midfield Terminal Complex (MTC), will become the primary gateway for passengers travelling through Abu Dhabi, and the future home of Etihad Airways.

4.7. Project: 2020 Tower, Cost: $397.3 million, Expected year of completion: 2020
Info: The 63-storey tower will be built by UAE-based contractor Arabtec has secured a $397.3 million contract from Wasl LLC to build a 63 storey tower in Dubai.

4.8. Project: Marsa Al-Arab, Cost: $1.7 billion, Expected date of completion: 2020
Info: Developed by Dubai Holding, the project features two new manmade islands, on either side of the Burj Al Arab hotel. One island will include family-friendly resorts, a 2.5 million square-foot marine park and a custom built 1,700-seat theatre, home to the Middle East’s first Cirque du Soleil show. It will also house 300 seafront apartments. The second, private island is set to host 14- luxury villas and marina for residents, along with a boutique hotel.

4.9. Project: Dubai Deira Islands Boulevard, Cost: $1.36 billion
Info: Deira Islands Boulevard will be built on a 9 million sq ft area of land at the heart of the 15.3 sq km Deira Islands, a four-island project. The Boulevard will be built around the proposed new 6.5 million sq ft Deira Mall.

4.10. Project: The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour, Cost: $1 billion,
Expected date of completion: 2020
Info: Expected to be the tallest building in the world when it opens, The Tower will be located at the heart of the Emaar’s Dubai Creek Harbour development. Designed by Spanish/Swiss architect Santiago Calatrava Valls, the Tower will feature observation decks, restaurants and a small hotel – but will not include residential units.


5.1. Project: Bahrain International Airport Expansion, Cost: $1.1 billion
Construction commencement: February 2016, Scheduled Date of Completion: 2020
Info: The Bahrain Airport Company (BAC) is developing a new passenger terminal building at the Bahrain International Airport (BIA) as part of the airport modernization programme (AMP), a comprehensive development plan. The modernization programme includes a new 20-year airport masterplan, which includes the construction of a new passenger terminal, in addition to the expansion and refurbishment of the existing terminal.

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The talks will cover a wide range of subjects for specified sectors, as follows:

  • Sustainability talks
  • Architecture talks
  • Business talks
  • Project management
  • MEP talks
  • Technology talks

The talks will provide information on dedicated product themes presented by key speakers.
The complete programme with information about the subjects, the speakers, the dates and the locations can be found in the link below. In addition anyone interested to attend the talks can be registered through this link.


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