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dmg events has announced that The Big 5 will return to the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) from the 12-15 September as the only live in-person event to connect the global construction industry in 2021, playing a crucial role in driving economic recovery in the post-COVID-19 era
Celebrating its 42nd year, the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region’s largest and most influential event for the construction industry has so far confirmed more than 1000 exhibitors from 45 countries and 20 country pavilions, and reveals an online networking and meeting facilitation add-on that will help organisations kick-start their businesses wherever their location.
In a report released by MEED Projects, the projects data and intelligence partner for The Big 5, it has been revealed there were a US$163bn worth of contracts awarded in 2020 in the Middle East and Africa despite COVID-19 impact, and US$1.9bn worth of projects are currently in execution in the region.
Josine Heijmans, vice- president at dmg events, stated, “With US$5.06 tn worth of projects planned and unawarded across all sectors in the Middle East and Africa construction market it is more important than ever to offer a safe environment for the regional and international community to come together where they can boost business activities, rebuild partnerships, and discuss vital lessons learnt all in one place.”
The Big 5 will welcome exhibitors across nine specialised events this year, offering visiting professionals the chance to source the latest industry innovations for any stage of the construction cycle. Heavyweights signed up to exhibit include Caparol, Soudal, Saudi Ceramics, Mahy Khoory, Zamil Air Conditioning, Climatech, Emirates Steel and many more.
High-level summits at The Big 5 this year include the highly anticipated Global Construction Leaders’ Summit, the Future of Facades Summit, and the FutureTech Construction Summit, all designed to shed light on crucial developments in the construction sector, covering all aspects of the industry from facades to building technology, whilst exploring long-term opportunities on the horizon. The popular free and CPD-certified talks series will continue at the event, with 70 sessions set to cover vital industry topics.
Recognising excellence in the region’s construction industry, The Big 5 Women in Construction Awards return to highlight the positive socioeconomic impact a gender-balanced workforce has on transforming the construction industry, while the new The Big 5 Impact Awards have been created to recognise sustainable development, technological and digital achievements in the construction industry.