The Big 5 sells out for first time in five years

The Big 5 2014, which will take place next week in Dubai, UAE, has run out of exhibitor space for the first time since 2009 when Dubai World Trade Centre expanded its capacity with the completion of the Sheikh Saeed Halls

This year, prospective exhibitors that failed to sign up in time have had to add their names to a waiting list for future iterations of the Big 5.
This year, prospective exhibitors that failed to sign up in time have had to add their names to a waiting list for future iterations of the Big 5.

The Big 5 has sold all of its exhibitor space for the first time in five years.

The trade show, which will take place in Dubai, UAE, next week, has not sold out since Dubai World Trade Centre expanded its capacity with the 2009 opening of the Sheikh Saeed Halls.

For the first time in the show’s history, prospective exhibitors are having to add their names to a waiting list in order to secure stands for future shows.

This year’s Big 5 is the largest ever,” explained group event director, Andy White.

“For the first time since the Sheikh Saeed Halls at Dubai World Trade Centre were completed in 2009, the show is completely sold out. That means every metre of space in the halls and every metre of space in the concourses.

“We even have a waiting list, which is something we’ve never had before, and something – quite frankly – we didn’t expect at all. It’s something we’re not completely happy about, I have to say. But that will change, hopefully, in 2016, when Dubai World Trade Centre builds a new hall for us,” he added.

Next week, White and his colleagues will host more than 2,700 exhibitors from 60 countries, 25% of which have never appeared at the show before. This is an 8% increase over 2013.

Last year, the Big 5 attracted more than 74,000 industry professionals from 124 countries, but White is confident that the 2014 iteration will surpass this figure.

“The programme has increased our audience appeal and attracts a more diverse group of visitors,” he commented.

“This year, there will be 55 CPD-certified workshops, allowing attendees to learn at the show and earn professional recognition,” said White.

Speaking at a pre-event press conference in Dubai, organisers claimed that the show’s growth is a reflection of the UAE’s resurgent construction sector.

“The Big 5 in Dubai has always been a reliable barometer of the industry, and year on year – even through the recent global financial crisis – the event has grown,” said Matt Denton, senior vice president for construction at show organiser, dmg events.

“With this troubled period now behind us, we are set to see our strongest show yet,” he told the audience.

The Big 5 2014 will run from 17-20 November 2014 at Dubai World Trade Centre, UAE. For up-to-the minute news and in-depth analysis of the event, keep it locked to ConstructionWeekOnline.com.

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