The Big 5, construction with innovation


The Big 5 is the most important building and construction show for the Middle East, North Africa and East Asia region for the building materials and provides a business and networking platform for the construction industry. It is also the gateway to the MENA construction market providing both exhibitors and visitors with the opportunity to conduct serious business with like-minded professionals and access the most current information on all aspects of the construction industry. Big 5 Dubai started its continuing evolving existence before 35 years, originally under the name The Big 5 Show, due to the separation of activities in five sectors. Throughout the years reached the eight sections and included coatings, adhesives, sealants, HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning), water technology, steel construction, building interiors, kitchens, bathrooms, windows, doors, cladding. This business-focused event is the global meeting place for the construction community and brings together thousands of exhibitors from numerous participating countries, while attracting many professional visitors. The Big 5 is also the flagship brand of DMG events construction portfolio. The Big 5 is the largest construction event in the Middle East.  Professionals from UAE and the GCC’s construction industry emphasize on greater investments in innovative technologies that will help to improve the quality of life for citizens across the region. Governments across the GCC have stepped up their efforts to incorporate various technologies in the region’s growing construction industry. They know that Innovation is and will be the key to drive the construction industry forward. The architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry should prepare for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. With clear digital workflow and clean data, limitless possibilities can be opened with the current computer science technologies thanks to tools such as Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things, and 3D Printing. In 2018, The Big 5 introduced two new features that aim to advance the construction sector by embracing innovation and technology: the brand new Live Innovation Zone, hosting a selection of the most innovative products that are shaking up the construction industry today, and The Big 5’s Start-Up City, presenting the next construction tech disruptors. In a world where innovation and technology are more and more crucial to remain competitive, the construction sector is still widely considered a late technology adopter. Yet, technology has an enormous potential within the sector. From Robotics and Artificial Intelligence to 3D Printing, from Virtual Reality to smart building and IT solutions, a variety of tech innovations have the power to shake up the construction industry today, to improve its productivity, and increase its sustainability and affordability. Innovation and technology are considered key elements also to realizing the UAE Vision 2021. It is therefore of essence for the regional construction sector to embrace innovation and the vast development opportunities offered by technological innovations. Currently, the construction industry navigates its way out of the pandemic. Remote working has facilitated the sector to more easily and regularly call upon expertise from anywhere in the world. No matter where someone sits, working from afar is now much more common. This is particularly apparent in areas such as engineering, whether that is design engineering before a project gets to site, or construction engineering. Another inclination taking massive strides is flexibility. This isn’t essentially a current issue, but it’s evidently rising, through and beyond the Covid period. This year’s edition of The Big 5 exhibition has played a vital role in highlighting the economic recovery in a post-Covid-19 world. Over 1,200 exhibitors representing 50 countries, including 20 country pavilions, were present at the event. In addition, the exhibition has featured over 70 sessions from 150 global speakers across three high-level summits. Certainly there will be a great impact of the recently held event on the future of construction sector.

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