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Big 5: All the biggest news from the 2016 show

by James Morgan on Nov 26, 2016


The Big 5 2016, which took place at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) from 21-24 November, attracted more than 13,000 visitors on its opening day.
The Big 5 2016, which took place at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) from 21-24 November, attracted more than 13,000 visitors on its opening day.

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More than 13,000 visitors attended The Big 5 2016 on its opening day, according to the exhibition’s organiser, dmg events Middle East, Asia & Africa.

On the second day of the event, more than 500 industry leaders gathered for the Excellence in Construction Summit, which was organised in conjunction with Dubai Economic Council (DEC).

Commenting on the UAE’s contemporary construction landscape, HE Hani Rashid Al Hamli, secretary general of the DEC and keynote speaker at the summit, said: “Dubai is currently witnessing a new momentum of growth, thanks to the critical initiatives launched by Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

“Several crucial plans are being developed to make that vision a reality; construction will be a key element of this strategy. Dubai Plan 2021, Expo 2020, and the massive number of projects launched by the government, will definitely strengthen the contribution of the construction sector to Dubai’s economic growth,” HE Al Hamli added.

The Big 5 2016 featured more than 3,100 exhibitors from across the GCC and beyond.

BSI launches BIM Kitemark for MEA

BSI Middle East & Africa used The Big 5 2016 to conduct the regional launch of its BIM Kitemark Scheme. The initiative is designed to provide main contractors with evidence to demonstrate the successful completion and final delivery of projects that employed building information modelling (BIM). The UK-headquartered business standards organisation also used the exhibition to outline the growing importance of BIM technologies within the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region. Fiona Korte, BSI Middle East & Africa’s general manager for product certification, said: “As BIM requires the on-going development of processes and employee skills, companies that are early adopters of this methodology are likely to gain a head-start on their competitors.”

Brazil exports $16m of materials to GCC

Brazil exported $16m worth of building materials to GCC countries during the first nine months of 2016, according to Michel Abdo Alaby, chief executive officer of the Arab-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce. Speaking to Construction Week at The Big 5 2016, he said that, while the overall figure of $8.7bn represents a 2% year-on-year fall for the period, building materials accounted for the largest proportion of Brazil’s exports to the region. Noting that GCC markets will continue to play a “very important” role for Brazil, Alaby commented: “There are around 300 projects in the pipeline for [Expo 2020,] as well as for [Dubai Plan 2021]. This means Brazilian companies have good opportunities to enter or maintain a presence in the market.”



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