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Best of the Big 5

by CW Staff on Dec 10, 2016

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Despite a challenging regional construction market, The Big 5 this year welcomed more than 75,000 participants, breaking last year’s record, according to the exhibition’s organiser, dmg events Middle East, Asia & Africa.

The 37th edition of the exhibition, held at the Dubai World Trade Centre over four days, showcased the latest products and services of more than 3,100 exhibitors from 142 countries, showing significant growth compared to 2015.

On the opening day, more than 13,000 visitors attended the exhibition, whereas on the second day of the event, around 500 industry leaders gathered for the Excellence in Construction Summit, which was organised in conjunction with Dubai Economic Council (DEC). The event also included free Certified Professional Development (CPD) workshops, as well as live demonstrations of a host of products.

Commenting on the success, event director, Josine Heijmans, said: “With The Big 5, we want to provide a platform for the construction industry, setting targets for each edition in order to deliver a top-notch event for our visitors every year.

“While the event acts to support participating exhibitors to do business, network, and create new contacts, it also offers a platform for visitors to get the latest on market trends, key challenges, and ways to overcome them.”

Two key product sectors that were placed in the spotlight this year were smart technologies and sustainability. Demand within both sectors is growing at a rapid pace in the GCC and, increasingly, regional construction professionals are looking for novel ways to develop smart cities and improve green building techniques.

While Acrow showcased its unique range of formwork and scaffolding solutions to the visitors, US-based Portacool brought a selection of evaporative coolers to the exhibition. Not to be left behind, Saint-Gobain Gyproc featured a unique climbing wall and a floating chair for customers, to showcase the company’s new, high-strength plasterboard, Habito.

Construction Week talked to some of the exhibitors to find out how just successful the show proved, and how much interest their products received from visitors.