The Big 5 2017 Preview



    After a record-breaking edition in 2016 that welcomed 78,579 participants from 142 countries, The Big 5 is coming back bigger than ever this year. Awarded “Best Trade Exhibition Over 10,000 sqm Gross” at The Middle East Event Awards 2017, the largest and the most influential construction event in the Middle East will open its doors at the Dubai World Trade Centre from 26 to 29 November. The 38th edition of the event will offer industry professionals from around the globe an enhanced platform to do business, and source the most innovative products and solutions for their projects from over 2,500 exhibitors. Networking and learning opportunities will be also on the rise this year, with The Big 5 CPD-certified Talks, Live Products Demonstrations, the Platinum Club, the 10th edition of the Gaia Awards, the Excellence in Construction Summit and The Big 5’s Innovation in Precast Summit, enabling professionals and decision makers to stay ahead with the latest trends and opportunities in the ever evolving regional construction market. The event’s Excellence in Construction Summit will explore current and future trends of the construction sector in Dubai, the GCC region and beyond. The high-level conference will take place on November 26, bringing under one roof the visionaries and forward thinking leaders who have expanded the horizons of excellence in strategic innovations and construction. Some of the confirmed VIP speakers include Ahmed Al Khatib, Vice President of Real Estate & Delivery at Expo 2020 Dubai; Chris Kelsey, CEO of Cazza, the company behind the first 3D printed skyscraper project; and Bibop G. Gresta, Chairman and Co-Founder of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies. On November 26 and 27, the event will also host the first Innovation in Precast Summit. Exploring the latest technologies, innovations, standards and regulations in precast concrete, the two-day event will feature internationally renowned precast experts, and is expected to be a turning point in the development of the regional building sector. The event of 2017 will also offer 72 world-class educational sessions, The Big 5 Talks. Delivered by industry leaders, the Talks will focus on six themes: MEP, Architecture, Sustainability, Business, Technology and Project Management. The sessions will be CPD (Continuing Professional Development) certified, and free to attend for all visitors. Over 6,000 architects, engineers, project managers, contractors, developers and interior designers attended the complimentary workshops in 2016, confirming The Big 5 as the leading hub for knowledge-sharing and professional growth within the regional construction industry. After the successful introduction of a new floor plan that clusters exhibitors into product sectors, The Big 5 2017 will further facilitate business opportunities effectively responding to the current needs of construction industry professionals. In order to meet the growing demand for smart, innovative and sustainable cooling solutions, and to support the local construction market in advancing industry best practices, the event is introducing a new dedicated HVAC-R hall. Moreover, with 20% of visitors at The Big 5 2016 expressing an interest in solar technology, the largest construction event in the region will be co-located for the first time to The Big 5 Solar. Under the patronage of the UAE Ministry of Energy, the event is set to become a premier platform for solar industry professionals to network and do business in the Middle East. The Big 5 Solar pursues the escalating green demands in the GCC market by showcasing solar technologies from local and international exhibitors, as well as offering an education agenda geared towards industry development. With environmental awareness surging in the regional construction industry, the 10th edition of the Gaia Awards at the Big 5 will recognize innovative ‘green’ products and sustainable solutions for the MENA built environment, while the Live Product Demonstrations will offer an interactive display of the most innovative products and technologies presented in real time by The Big 5 exhibitors. 

    Infra Oman 2017 Confirms its Renowned High Reputation



    A three-day event made of 243 exhibitors, 2 halls for a total gross of 12,400 m2 (Both inside & outside) and 4612 visitors. As one of the most promising markets of the region, the Sultanate of Oman hosted, closing with a big success not only in terms of numbers, but also from the point of view of quality and standards achievements. After reviewing on-site interviews, post-show questionnaires, media reports and key-persons’ remarks, from all perspectives, the feedback is that the Infra Oman 2017 was a success and is indeed the mandatory platform for doing business in the Sultanate of Oman. From the exhibitors’ point of view, an important result can be drawn from 2017 edition. A high-quality attendance kept the halls busy during the three days. The survey shows that 81% of the companies regarded Infra Oman visitors as good-quality visitors. Among them, 57% classified the audience quality from very good to excellent. This tells a lot about the opportunities that the show offers in terms of business relations and brand exposure, and about the outstanding increase of the show quality standards. The majority of the visitors included Ministry Officials, CEOs and senior managers, agents and distributors; Manufactures and professional buyers were well represented as well.  Infra Oman has proved to be an ideal starting point not only for the local companies, but also for foreign entities that are more determined to be part of this growing market. 

    The Parking Privatization Plan Announced



    Advanced Conferences & Meetings is proud to launch Smart Parking KSA Seminar in its 2nd edition, at the Movenpick City Star, Jeddah. This event focuses on the development of car parks and parking facilities with the latest technologies for better living cities. Under the patronage of the Ministry of Municipality and Rural Affairs and Supported by the General Authority of Civil Aviation and the Jeddah Development & Urban Regeneration Co., Smart Parking KSA brought together key officials and decision makers from the Ministry of Municipality and Rural Affairs, Arriyadh Development Authority, General Authority of Civil Aviation, Jeddah Development & Urban Regeneration Co., Ministry of National Guard, British Parking Association, Jeddah Economic Company, KAMC King Abdullah medical city, SAGIA Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority, King Abdullah Economic City, and many more. Supply and demand analysis shows a shortage of parking solutions in Saudi Arabia, where high demand is unmet by current on-street supply, as vehicle ownership in Saudi Arabia has grown 24% in less than 10 years. In this event, MOMRA announced its Parking Privatization plan where PPP reforms are driven by municipal transformation strategy, Fiscal Balance Program, Vision 2030, and privatization program. MOMRA will seek to increase the level of private sector participation in the municipal sector to achieve clear key objectives, and it has already developed a plan to launch PPPs across 9 areas. Arriyadh Municipality is launching a paid parking pilot program set to decrease traffic congestion, increase safety of commuters, minimize the loss of time spent commuting, curtail pollution, and optimize government monetization of existing governmental assets. MOMRA highlighted the fact that investors expressed considerable excitement for the project, and will work to obtain the regulatory approvals needed to launch the project, in addition to launching RFP in the coming few weeks.