The Big 5 2016 is growing with the market

The 37th edition of The Big 5 will build on the exhibition’s historic successes, but with a few changes to reflect the construction industry’s evolving needs


In keeping with its name, The Big 5 2016 looks set to introduce some big changes. For the first time in the show’s history, the 37th edition of the exhibition will feature a brand new floor plan, which will divide the event into five distinct product sectors.

As the largest segment of the GCC’s $2.6tn projects market, construction continues to contribute significantly to regional economies, despite lacklustre oil prices and the resultant economic slowdown. In fact, research conducted by Ventures Onsite found that more than $45bn worth of contracts were awarded to contractors in the GCC region during the period January to April, 2016.

Against this backdrop, The Big 5 2016 will see more than 3,000 exhibitors set up shop at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC). What’s more, the show is expected to attract approximately 75,000 visitors from a broad range of international markets.

Event director, Josine Heijmans, is confident that the event’s new layout will facilitate business opportunities, while effectively responding to the contemporary requirements of the region’s construction professionals.

Heijmans explained: “One of the key reasons for our visitors to attend The Big 5 is to look for specific products, innovations, and new technologies, as well as to network with new or existing business partners and industry peers.”

With this in mind, this year’s exhibition will be grouped into five sectors: building interiors and finishes; mechanical, electrical, and engineering (MEP) services; building envelope and special construction; construction tools and building materials; and smart building and design technologies. In turn, these segments will be divided into sub-sectors to make it easier for visitors to navigate the exhibition halls.

The Big 5 2016 will also provide a forum in which buyers, suppliers, and construction professionals from various sectors can gather and do business, according to the show’s organiser, dmg events.

Few would deny that the low oil price has resulted in a challenging business environment, but a robust pipeline of roads, housing, schools, and hospitals – coupled with ongoing infrastructure programmes – means that the GCC remains an attractive region for international construction outfits.

As such, The Big 5’s simplified format will no doubt be welcomed by attendees looking to source the best products and technologies for their projects, both in the Middle East and beyond.

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