The Big 5 preview update 2016

MEP is getting its own dedicated section at the trade show this year


Dubai’s construction industry knows no standstill. According to BNC’s “Dubai Construction Market 2016” report commissioned by construction exhibition The Big 5, over 3,700 projects are currently ongoing across the emirate. Their total value is estimated around $400bn.

The Dubai construction market is on an upward trajectory, the report shows. Although approximately 21% of them are on hold, a large number of projects are in advanced stages of construction, with an estimated value of over $100bn. Noteworthy high-value projects under construction include the Sobha Hartland Development ($2.1bn), the Royal Atlantis Resort and Residences – Palm Jumeirah ($1.4bn) and the Innovation Hub PT-163 – Dubai Internet City ($1.2bn).

Commercial and residential units, education, healthcare and hospitality buildings, leisure and recreation facilities, religious buildings, retail facilities and mixed-use urban developments make up approximately 77% of all project values in Dubai, amounting to almost $320bn.

“A growing population, the tourism sector, strategic government investments like the Dubai Plan 2021 and the Dubai Expo 2020 are fuelling the local construction industry,” said Josine Heijmans, event director of The Big 5.

Dubai’s population is approximately 2.46 million people today, and is expected to reach 3.4 million in 2020. The emirate is also becoming a major destination hub for international travellers. Last year, it welcomed 14.2 million overnight visitors and is on track to reach 20 million by 2020.

“This impressive increase is likely to put a strain on the city’s infrastructure, creating a need to expand its capacity,” said Heijmans.

Indeed, state planning is strongly supporting the construction market’s growth. The Government of Dubai has outlined an ambitious 2021 Plan, which includes the development of Dubai as a “smart and sustainable city”. The emirate is also getting ready to welcome up to 25 million visitors to the first World Expo in the Middle East, 70% of which are expected to come from overseas. Total spend on infrastructure projects related to Dubai Expo 2020 might reach up to $18bn, with estimated development costs of the Dubai South Area between $8.1bn and $8.7bn.

New layout

The Big 5 for the first time will have a dedicated MEP section

The Big 5 show in Dubai in November will have a new section dedicated solely to MEP.

Although the event’s old layout already accommodated dedicated product sectors, the majority of the international exhibitors were located in country pavilions. This, coupled with the expansion of The Big 5 over the years, made it more challenging for attendees to find the specific products or the companies they were looking for, organiser DMG Events said.

The five product sectors in which exhibitors will be grouped this year are: building interiors and finishes, MEP services, building envelop and special construction, construction tools and building materials, and smart building and design technologies.

The MEP section is further divided into five sub-sectors: HVAC, water technology, electrical, safety and fire protection, and solar energy.

In addition, a new App, route planners, a search function on the website and staff onsite will further support visitors attending the show.

Guide to The Big 5

The trade show will offer insight into the latest construction trends

A total of 3,100 exhibitors from 142 countries across the world are set to converge on Dubai this month for The Big 5. The exhibition of construction technology and products will take place from 21-24 November at the World Trade Centre. Alongside the exhibition, The Big 5 2016 will offer 70+ free to attend and CPD-certified workshops, including the “Excellence in Construction Summit”, which will gather together 500 industry leaders to explore the latest projects and technology that will guide the future growth of Dubai.

“Sustainability is the Future” is design topic that will come under the microscope at a workshop, along with “Architectural Advancement: Creating an Iconic Development” and “Improving Façade Performance through Design”.

Josine Heijmans, event director, outlined some of the guest speakers. She said: “Najeeb Al-Ali, executive director of the Expo 2020 Dubai Bureau will provide a preview of Expo 2020 while Janus Rostock, design director at Atkins, will present the concept behind Dubai Opera District.

“Also, Rowdha Al Sakit, CEO of D – Town Enterprises, will introduce the world’s largest materials library, while Nick Billotti, head of special projects at E.construct, will provide the latest insights on the next breakthrough in transforming the landscape of construction – 3D printing.”

Rubber World Industries

Rubber World Industries will display its rubber insulation products at The Big 5

Introduce your company

Rubber World Industries (RWI) was established in 1993 to manufacture a comprehensive and versatile range of technically advanced rubber insulation products. Part of the Shaikhani Group of companies, RWI is a pioneering UAE national enterprise that has become an industry leader in the entire Gulf and South East Asia region. RWI developed Gulf.O.Flex as a flagship brand in flexible foam insulation which is now being supplied to more than 90 countries worldwide.

What will you be exhibiting at The Big 5?

Rubber World Industries will promote its complete range of HVAC products including rubber insulation tube and sheets, glue and seals, insulation tapes (foam tapes, PVC tape, Aluminium tape and Duct tape), flexible ducts, anti-vibration pads and duct cloth.

Who will be present from your company at The Big 5?

Rubber World Industries will be attended by staff and executives headed by managing director Rizwan Shaikhani.

What is your target audience?

RWI’s target audience or market will be consultants, contractors and HVACR traders – local and international.

What is your main objective at The Big 5?

RWI’s key objective is to strengthen business relationships with existing clients and build rapport with prospective clients who will be visiting the trade show.

What new products have you introduced to the market?

RWI has introduced big insulation rubber pipes to its line of HVACR products. These rubber pipes provide ease in installation and reduce scraps from cutting rubber sheets originally used for large pipes, giving clients savings and excellent return to their investments. Aside from big rubber pipes, RWI also brings its new and improved foam tape design. This is ideal for wrapping liquid cooling and heating pipe lines especially for valves and fittings where it is difficult to install tubing insulation.

Where is your biggest market?

RWI’s biggest market is still the GCC. With Dubai Expo 2020 and the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, more projects are still ongoing as scheduled. The GCC is also diversifying its economy, capitalising on tourism, education and healthcare, which leads to the building of more hotels, apartments, villas, schools, hospitals and recreation facilities.

Where do you see opportunities for growth?

With an improving economy boosting profits and prospects for the manufacturing sector, RWI is eyeing expansion opportunities both domestically and overseas. We want to open new facilities to drive revenue growth, increase sales and products in existing markets, and expand Rubber World distribution channels in the Middle East, Africa and South East Asia.

How do you protect yourself against late payments from clients?

As a procedure in collectibles, Rubber World Industries contacts the client directly on the day payment becomes overdue and keeps a running list of every unpaid invoice and communication from the client.

AirMaster Equipments Emirates

The HVAC manufacturer has a range of new products to reveal at The Big 5

Introduce your company

We are a 30-year-old family-run business, primarily into manufacturing HVAC air vents, ducting accessories, fire and safety, sound attenuators and other HVAC ancillary devices. We are based in the UAE, with a strong presence in the Middle East and India. We have six manufacturing facilities in the UAE. Our sales and marketing operations are established in Qatar, KSA and Kuwait. We have also diversified into LED lighting, adhesives and packaging products.

What will you be exhibiting at The Big 5?

We will displaying fire dampers, fire doors and variable air volume boxes among other air vents. We will also be displaying architectural grilles and diffusers which attract exquisite villa project and palace developers.

Who will be present from Air Master at The Big 5?

Our sales and marketing team and board of directors are usually present at The Big 5 show.

What is your target audience?

Our target audience is MEP consultants, architects, contractors, interior designers and our existing customers across the Middle East.

What are your key objectives at The Big 5?

The show is a great platform to establish our brand with new consultants and to introduce our new products to our existing customers.


NAFFCO will display a gigantic fire door and other products at The Big 5

Firefighting systems manufacturer NAFFCO will be exhibiting its range of distinct products at the upcoming The Big 5 exhibition in Dubai.

Ahmed Al Khatib, executive director of NAFFCO, said the company was delighted to be part of the trade show this year.

He said: “At NAFFCO, we are genuinely committed to protect lives and properties by providing complete fire protection solutions under one roof. We invite our partners in the industry to meet our experts during the show who will give light into NAFFCO’s state-of-the-art and innovative fire safety technologies. We strongly believe that our range of products will address the need of advanced safety and security solutions.”

NAFFCO will display the following products: ELV (extra low voltage solutions), certified firefighting equipment including all types of fire extinguishers, fire pumps and controllers, certified pipes and fittings, certified fire doors highlighting the gigantic fire door measuring up to 3 meters by 3 meters with British Standard Certification.

Al Khatib said: “In its trajectory so far, NAFFCO’s repertoire of solutions has included a range of firefighting equipment, put together after thorough research and evaluation of different scenarios that need firefighting assistance. Fire Falcon 6, Smoke Management System, Pump Cloud and Inert Gas systems are all the latest offerings from NAFFCO.”

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