The Big 5 global construction show opened its doors in Dubai yesterday, bringing together major names in the construction industry.
The Big 5 construction show opened its 43rd edition at the Dubai World Trade Center. The event will bring together global players, startups, digital disruptors, investors, ESG advisors, and policy makers will gather for the four-day event.
The Big 5
The Big 5 will feature six specialized events addressing the entire sector eco-system, the Big 5 Heavy, Middle East Concrete, HVAC R Expo, Middle East Stone, Urban Design & Landscape Expo and FM Expo. Also held alongside the Big 5 is the inaugural Everything Architecture, the exclusive event for the architecture and design community in the Middle East.
Event organizers are expecting over 2,000 participants from 60 countries, with 20 national pavilions, including debuts from Oman, Pakistan and Singapore.
The event also includes participation from the UAE’s Ministry of Energy & Infrastructure, Dubai Municipality and Dubai’s General Directorate of Civil Defense.
The Big 5 2022 will feature focused exhibits, summits, industry talks, visitor experiences and incubator pitching to address key sector challenges, spur technology adoption, and promote sustainability, according to the organizers.
“The Big 5 covers all sector touchpoints as the industry looks to step into the vanguard of sustainability to address climate change, encourage cross-sector collaboration, better cater to heightened societal expectations, improve diversity, and prove its willingness as a technology adopter,” said Ben Greenish, senior vice-president at organizer dmg events.
Opening the program is the Global Construction Leaders’ Summit, where local, regional, and global industry decision-makers will look for a collaborative pathway to industry transition.
Delegates attending the summit will hear from David Grover, CEO at ROSHN – Saudi Arabia’s national real estate developer powered by the Public Investment Fund, Adel Albreiki, CEO at Aldar Projects, Pierre Santoni, CEO Middle East at Parsons, Kez Taylor, CEO at ALEC, Ian Williamson, chief projects delivery officer at Red Sea Global and Saeed Al Abbar, CEO at AESG and more.
The event is free to attend for industry professionals and runs until December 8.
The MENA construction industry
Earlier in the year, a report by Jones Lang LaSalle stated that the MENA region’s construction industry continued to grow despite rising costs.
SIAC, Flat6Labs and Dar recently launched a construction tech innovation program in Egypt.