GCC's FM leaders should attend The Big 5 in Dubai

fmME outlines why the GCC’s FM professionals must attend the region’s largest event for building materials, to be held in Dubai this month

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While The Big 5 is regionally touted for being the construction sector’s busiest event each year, it is worth revisiting the show’s significance to the GCC’s FM professionals. The event’s 2016 edition is set to bring together 3,000 building material exhibitors, technical seminars, product demonstrations, and workshops between 21 and 24 November in Dubai.

For FM professionals, The Big 5 is the ideal platform to review the kit they deploy for the delivery of services such as security, planned preventive maintenance (PPM), critical engineering, heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC), automated access, and building management.

The co-hosted PMV Live show also offers an excellent opportunity for FM operators to take a closer look at the equipment they could use for work carried out at heights, such as cleaning and maintenance.

Josine Heijmans, event director of The Big 5, says regional facility managers can also look forward to advanced technology portfolios at the exhibition.

“The FM industry could grow about 20% annually on average in the medium term in the GCC, driven by a robust mid- to long-term property market outlook in Dubai and Qatar ahead of Expo 2020 and 2022 FIFA World Cup,” Heijmans tells fmME.

“New technologies and sustainable products are expected to be at the centre of this growth, and the Big 5 2016 is going to provide the FM industry with the best and most innovative solutions for the built environment.”

Heijmans says sustainability will “take centre stage at The Big 5 this year”, adding its relevance to regional FM cannot be overlooked: “Visitors to the show will also be able to cast their vote for The Big 5’s GAIA Awards, which honour companies that offer products and services which demonstrate a reduction of construction’s impact on the environment.”

Among the greatest takeaways of The Big 5 show remains the networking opportunities it offers. For the region’s FM bosses, the exhibition is a one-stop shop to meet all their product needs, be it LED light fixtures for a retrofit job or the right pump in an emergency. These, and similar FM-related products will be on display at the stalls of firms such as Assa Abloy, Jumbo Engineering, and Saint Gobain, Heijmans points out.

Building products are crucial to the delivery of holistic FM services, and technical standards in the GCC could become even more stringent as the region prepares for a high-profile architectural future. FM companies that shy from collaborating with construction teams will feel the heat from their competitors in the years to come, but attending The Big 5 2016 might help mitigate that risk.

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