Records broken at Big 5

BIG 5: Possibly the most successful year in the event's history, reports organisers of the industry event.

Bernard Walsh
Bernard Walsh

Deals worth millions of dollars were signed during the Big 5 this year.

"We've seen some huge deals confirmed already," said Bernard Walsh, managing director of DMG World Media Dubai, organisers of the event.

"Both established and first-time exhibitors have experienced the power of the Big 5 as an event where real business is done."

Among the many deals confirmed, Kersten Europe Middle East, who recently opened a regional office in Dubai, signed a deal worth US$3.9 million (AED 14.3 million) with Arabian Aluminium for bending and fabrication work covering 9.5km of architectural and structural stainless steel tubes for the building maintenance unit system of Burj Dubai.

German exhibitor Hess Group, a visitor to the Big 5 for the last six years, confirmed that deals worth in excess of $29.6 million were close to completion, while first time exhibitor Teddington Engineered Solutions from Wales also signed a deal worth $3.8 million.

Another British company, Modulor, part of the Al Naboodah Laing O' Rourke group, has secured a deal with BMG to supply 600 bathrooms for The Cube project at Dubai Sports City.

Modulor locally manufactures the fully completed bathroom ‘pods' at its plant in Al Quoz.

The show has also shattered attendance records.

"We initially projected around 40,000 visitors this year," added Walsh.

"But by the end of day two, visitor numbers were already 25% up on last year. Over the first two days more than 20,000 trade professionals visited the show - it has made history by becoming the first of our many sector leading events to attract in excess of 10,000 visitors in one day, with 11,043 registered visitors on day two.

"The way things are going, we're looking at by far the most successful Big 5 in history, both in terms of business generated and visitor numbers."

The event this year has featured 2,839 companies from 52 countries and 30 national pavilions.

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