The 36th Big 5 International Building & Construction Show (www.thebig5.ae) is a 3-day event being held from Nov. 23 to 25, 2015 at the Dubai World trade Centre in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.
A report titled “GCC Construction Industry – Trends and Challenges for 2015,” says that the value of the contract awards this year in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) could reach over US$194 billion. That’s US$2 billion down on last year; but lower oil prices will mean building materials and transport costs will fall as well, and that will filter down to contract values.
The show at the Dubai World Trade Centre is the largest and most respected in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and regularly attracts thousands of participants. Last year, the show had more than 80,000 participants from 147 countries.
For 35 years it has welcomed the world’s top industry professionals from across the industry and has built up an unrivaled portfolio of product categories that extends from architecture to interior design, building materials and equipment, green and smart city technologies, facilities management and software infrastructure. In addition to exhibitor products, The Big 5 has become synonymous with being at the forefront of the industry, providing industry insights from influential business leaders and offering more free educational content on-site than any other event in the Middle East or Asia.
Two other shows will run at the same time as with The Big 5, as in previous year. These are Middle East Concrete 2015 (www.middleeastconcrete.com) and PMV Live 2015 (www.pmvlive.com). PMV Live 2015 is the show for all mechanical vehicles involved in construction, the most important heavy machinery event in the region. Middle East Concrete is the only event dedicated to concrete in the Middle East. The events connect professionals with leading global suppliers of high-quality heavy construction machinery, plant equipment, commercial and construction vehicles, chemicals, consultants, precast machinery, and a range of other products and services.
Nathan Waugh, dmg events’ Portfolio Director, said, “The global construction equipment market is forecast to reach US$241 billion by 2020, and the growth in the Middle East is a major part of this figure.”