Spotlight on The Big 5 Exhibition: last year's Top 10

Spotlight on The Big 5 Exhibition: last year's Top 10
Published: 15 October 2019 - 3:45 a.m.

Last year’s smash hit instalment of The Big 5 seems like it was just yesterday.

Here we take a look back at the top 10 moments from the 2018 edition of one of the biggest shows in the construction and MEP industry calendar.

Royal seal
The 39th edition of Middle East’s leading international building and construction show was officially opened by Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and the Minister of Finance and Industry of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Full house
Some 2,248 global exhibiting companies and more than 30 official country pavilions displayed the latest building solutions and innovative products at The Big 5 and HVAC R Expo Dubai.

Future thinking
The Big 5 hosted its first ever FutureTech Construction Summit under the theme “Empowering Innovation in the Construction Ecosystem” on November 26.

Speakers from Virgin Hyperloop One, Microsoft, Saudi Aramco and many more presented some of the latest and most promising technologies, which will help the construction industry achieve higher productivity, greater sustainability and enhanced affordability.

Solar power
Under the Patronage of the Ministry of Energy & Industry, The Big 5 Solar hosted the Global Solar Leaders’ Summit on 27 November.

Following the topical theme ‘Solar Solutions for Construction’, the summit featured the GSLS Award Ceremony to celebrate achievements towards a more sustainable and efficient footprint through solar solutions.

BIM talks
Held at The Big 5 Heavy, The Roads and Transport Authority, Dubai (RTA) in partnership with British Standards Institution (BSI) awarded BIM standard certification to major clients at the RTA Innovation in BIM Summit.

Running on 27 November, the summit focused on pushing forward the adoption of BIM technology in the UAE.

Fresh air
The first HVAC R Expo by The Big 5, the leading event dedicated to the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration industry in the region, launched hosting over 200 exhibitors from around the globe.

These, presented a wide range of products including Air Conditioning and Ventilation, Heating and Refrigeration Systems, as well as increasingly popular measuring technology and climate control solutions.

Lay of the land
Whether it was product sourcing, making new contacts, networking with industry peers or keeping up with the latest trends, the launch edition of the Urban Design and Landscaping Expo (UDLE) proved to be the premier platform to explore the growing role of urban design in the development of this region.

On 28 November, UDLE also hosted the first Urban Design & Landscaping Summit, under the theme “Promoting greener, healthier and more sustainable built environments with best practices in urban design and landscaping”.

Good business
In partnership with Dubai South Business Park, The Big 5’s ‘How to do Business in the UAE’ seminar provided business intelligence to exhibitors and visitors interested in navigating the burgeoning UAE construction market.

Members from Expo 2020 Dubai and Dubai Customs were amongst some of the eminent speakers who participated in the event on November 28.

Female faces
The first Women in Construction Seminar & Awards at The Big 5, organised in association with Mott MacDonald, addressed the challenges that women face in terms of equal opportunities in construction, a traditionally male dominated sector.

Leading women in the industry were also awarded by a panel of industry experts.

Innovation
At The Big 5 this year, the most promising tech innovations for the construction sector were on show at the dedicated Start-up City.

Competing against a pool of 14 start-ups from around the globe, WakeCap was awarded a prize worth USD 25,000 by a panel of experts at the Start-up City Pitch Competition on 28 November.

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