Optimism thrives as Big 5 concludes

DUBAI — The Big 5, the Middle East’s largest event for the building and construction industry, finished on a high after a successful four days at the Dubai World Trade Centre, or DWTC.

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Published: Fri 26 Nov 2010, 11:21 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 11:34 AM

Exhibitors and visitors have expressed an optimistic outlook for the industry following a number of signed contracts, formed relationships and extensive networking that has taken place.

Officially opened by His Highness Shaikh Mohamed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the event hosted over 2,500 exhibitors from 70 countries who showcased the latest in technology and services from all sectors of the building and construction markets.

Event organisers dmg::events are now looking forward to its new event in February next year, The Big 5 Saudi, which will be launched having been sold out since October of this year.

“Initial feedback from both visitors and exhibitors is that this year has been a great success. Footfall has been consistent and we have had the right people walking through the door. Exhibitors have been forthcoming with news and announcements, and we have seen a number of new technologies, from both regional and international companies, launched here this week,” The Big 5 event director Andy White.

“We are looking forward to The Big 5 Saudi, our first Big 5 outside the UAE, and the response to this new event has been phenomenal. Having sold out a brand new exhibition four months in advance highlights the business in the industry and the increasing strength of Saudi and the opportunities in the Western Province.”

The Big 5 Saudi will be hosted in collaboration with MICE Arabia Group, supported by the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce.

Running from February 27 to March 2, 2011 at the Jeddah Centre for Forums and Events, over 200 exhibitors from 25 countries will be maximising the opportunity to access the Saudi market, which has an anticipated $420 billion of projects currently underway and an impressive pipeline for the upcoming five years.

In addition, the first-ever Big 5 Saudi Conference will provide a highly interactive platform for construction leaders in the Kingdom to come together under one roof and debate not only the key challenges, but more importantly, the common solutions which need to be implemented.

As more and more investment is poured into buildings, real estate and infrastructure development, there will be a heightened focus at the conference on how to ensure sustainability and economic viability of all projects.

The Big 5 Saudi aims to complement the UAE flagship event, which will return to the DWTC on November 21 to 24.


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