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26 - 29 November 2024

Dubai World Trade Centre

Big 5 lives up to its name with a strong bounce back in attendance and US$2.7 Billion business delivery

  • Strong government support underlines the importance of the construction sector for UAE and the wider region
  • Big 5 to rebrand to Big 5 Global for next year’s event, set for December 4 - 7

The Big 5, the largest and most influential construction industry event in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia (MEASA), lived up to its name for its 2022 edition recording a strong bounce back in global attendance with over 65,000 industry professionals from 150 countries filling the Dubai World Trade Centre for a mega event that featured product innovations, high-level summits, industry talks, start-up competitions and more.

The four-day event, which ran from 5-8 December 2022, generated US$766 million in onsite declared business with its 2,000 exhibitors anticipating a further US$2.7bn over the next 12 months.

And the 43rd edition of the Big 5 attracted high-profile government support throughout following its opening by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Media Council, alongside His Excellency Suhail Mohamed Al Mazrouei, the UAE Minister of Energy and Infrastructure. Other government leaders attending the four-day event included His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai; His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management. A number of delegates from Dubai Municipality, Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry, and Dubai’s General Directorate of Civil Defense were also in attendance.


“This year’s event was an impressive gathering of the global construction community here in Dubai - the heart of MEASA region, exploring the enormous and fast-growing opportunities for the sector. We are also humbled by the solid government support we received for the event this year, which is a true testament to the importance of the sector for economic growth,” said Josine Heijmans, Vice President - Construction at BIG 5 Global, which is organized by dmg events. “The programme of powerful discussions, keynotes, and impressive innovation underlined the transformation driving the sector and saw an industry coming together to make meaningful connections, find valuable leads, and get access to premium content. The result is the event has now returned to pre-pandemic levels, and with international players keenly eyeing the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia markets, we are rebranding the event into the BIG 5 Global to reflect its expanding footprint.”

The impressive turnout underlined the event’s ability to span the sector’s entire ecosystem addressing key sector challenges, pushing technology adoption, promoting sustainability, and providing start-up support. Big 5 2022 featured eight major product segments and six specialized events that hosted a combined 20 national pavilions, including newcomers Oman, Pakistan, and Singapore. The co-located exhibitions and specialized events included The Big 5 Heavy; Middle East Concrete; Middle East Stone; HVAC R Expo, the Urban Design & Landscape Expo and FM Expo for the facilities management segment. Alongside the six specialized construction events, Everything Architecture was launched, consisting of innovative and inspiring products, materials, and services transforming the world’s architectural and design sectors. Exclusively created for architects, designers, specifiers, and property developers, the inaugural event drew an audience of 1,700 industry professionals.


The Global Construction Leaders' Summit brought together some of the most well-known thought leaders in the sector, with notable participation from Headline Sponsor ROSHN, Saudi Arabia’s national real estate developer powered by the Public Investment Fund, Etihad Rail as the Summit's Official Infrastructure Sponsor, and Silver Sponsor Diriyah Gate Development Authority, also based out of Saudi Arabia. On the speaker platform, representatives of these and other top organisations from the public and commercial sectors have spoken on problems and chances that exist in the region, such as collaboration and future-proofing industry growth.


New to the event was the Global Construction Impact Summit, which saw disruptive thinkers, innovators, and ESG advisors assess the construction ecosystem and collaborate on how to support the achievement of ambitious regional net-zero targets. Coming back for its second edition was the Construction Impact Awards which championed the best in sustainable development, technology, and digital achievements.  The FutureTech Construction Summit progressed actionable learnings reimagining the sector’s future via technological acceleration, while Start-up City saw international disruptors demo transformative solutions. Digital Construction World was a centralized technology hub for management software, virtualization, information and data science, geospatial, unmanned and robotics, 3D printing, Artificial Intelligence, and wearables. Big 5 Industry Talks focused on ten themes, including Concrete, Facilities Management, Geotechnical & Engineering, HVAC R, Offsite & Modular, Project Management, Solar, Stone Design, Technology and Urban Design & Landscape.

BIG 5 Global 2023 will run at the Dubai World Trade Centre from 4-7 December 2023 across eight dedicated show sectors, and eight specialized events instead of six as the biennial Window, Door & Facades, and Gulf Glass come back after their last showing in 2021.

“We can only see the event growing in attendance, business delivery, and geographic influence as the industry continues its efforts to address challenges, including its journey to net zero,” added Heijmans  “We will continue to work closely with the industry and government to ensure the 2023 event reflects the sector’s pressing needs and concerns and continues its standing as a results-based forum with insightful content that helps guide the transformation process.”


About BIG 5 Global

With a 43-year legacy, BIG 5 Global is the largest and most influential building and construction event in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia and the annual meeting hub for the global construction industry.

Taking place on December 4 - 7, 2023 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, BIG 5 Global attracts 65,000+ global attendees from over 152 countries and 2,000+ exhibitors to UAE every year and has served as the platform to facilitate partnerships, provide leading-edge innovation, advance knowledge, and industry best-practice, and propel local and international businesses into the market to connect, grow, and succeed.

BIG 5 Global covers the full construction cycle across dedicated sectors and eight specialized events enabling industry professionals to source worldwide building solutions for every stage of construction: The Big 5 Heavy, Middle East Concrete, Window, Door & Facades, Gulf Glass, HVAC R Expo, Middle East Stone, the Urban Design & Landscape Expo, and FM Expo.

The event includes high-level summits, CPD-certified workshops, and The Big 5 Construction Impact Awards to foster collaboration, support best practices, and provide effective solutions to today’s industry challenges.

BIG 5 Global is organized by dmg events and is free to attend for all pre-registered visitors.

About dmg events

dmg events is a leading organizer of face-to-face events and a publisher of trade magazines. The company aims to keep businesses informed and connect them with relevant communities to create vibrant marketplaces and to accelerate their business through face-to-face events.

dmg events organises more than 80 events across 25 countries, attracting over 425,000 attendees and delegates every year. The company’s portfolio of products includes many industry-leading events in the energy, construction, hospitality & design, coatings and transportation sectors. ADIPEC, BIG 5 Global, Gastech, EGYPS, The Hotel Show and INDEX are the company’s flagship events. For more information visit