Shaikh Hamdan opens The Big 5 2011

DUBAI -- Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Finance Minister Shaikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum officially opened the Big 5 2011 in Dubai on Monday.

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Published: Mon 21 Nov 2011, 8:13 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 10:38 AM

The region’s largest event for the building and construction industry is taking place from 21 - 24 November at the Dubai International Exhibition and Convention Centre.

The Big 5 2011 will host over 2,500 exhibitors from 75 countries, covering all sectors of the industry from heavy construction to fit-out.

There will also be a number of brand new added value elements taking place at the event during the four days, with over 130 free-to-attend product seminars, with participants presenting the latest in product innovation, including real life case studies and research.

The Green Build Congress is another new initiative for 2011, which will see some of the leading experts discussing sustainability in the built environment, best practice and solutions for the future.

Two notable keynote speakers including: Adrian Smith, principal, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architects - his work includes some of the world’s most recognizable landmark structures, such as the Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai; Rowes Wharf in Boston; and Burj Khalifa in Dubai; and Jean-Michel Cousteau, marine explorer, environmental activist, educator, and film maker.

Andy White, event director for The Big 5, said: “The Big 5 continues to be something of a barometer for the building and construction industry in terms of trends, performance and outlook. This year we have introduced a new conference and additional education seminars, focussing on innovative and sustainable products”.

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