The construction sector is a vital contributor toward economic growth across the region and smart construction is well poised to drive its strong rebound following the Covid-19 pandemic, said the organisers of The Big 5, the only live, in-person event connecting the global construction industry in 2021.
Set to open on September 12 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, The Big 5 incorporates a technology focus through its broad offering of product showcases, high-level summits, and free-to-attend certified talks, including the all-new Digital Construction World, Intelligent Buildings and Offsite & Modular product sectors, Start-Up City, and the exclusive FutureTech Construction Summit during the four-day event, according to dmg events.
Ahead of the event, organisers revealed that there are $2.39 trillion worth of projects planned and un-awarded in the GCC and valued at $1.56 trillion the construction sector alone represents 65% of the future pipeline.
According to The Big 5’s Data & Research Partner, Meed Projects, despite the recent short-term upheaval, the longer-term outlook for the market remains largely positive.
Josine Heijmans, Vice President – Construction at dmg events pointed out that these figures offered huge opportunities for the adoption of new technology and systems in the market.
"Now more than ever the industry needs to take advantage of the increased efficiency, sustainability and improved quality that new technologies offer. That's why The Big 5 puts the spotlight on technology this year with a wealth of features dedicated to promoting digital transformation of the industry," stated Heijmans.
According to her, the promotion of smart construction has increased at The Big 5 this year, marking a positive shift towards digitalisation in the region’s sector.
"As the only in-person event connecting the global construction community in 2021, The Big 5 is a vital platform for industry development in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic," she added.
Speaker at the FutureTech Construction Summit and Director at Heriot-Watt University’s Centre of Excellence in Smart Construction, Dr Anas Bataw said the pandemic had forced the industry to slow down and provided the opportunity to reflect on the improvements required for the construction sector to rebound quicker and better.
"With the growth of the construction industry over the past few months, smart construction practices such as the use of digital technologies is particularly important as it will accelerate and automate the way we design, build and operate," remarked Bataw.
"In fact, the World Economic Forum estimates that full-scale digitalisation could unlock savings between? $700 billion?to $1.2 trillion in design, engineering, and construction industries within ten years," he added.
The other key highlights of Big 5 include the Future of Facades and the Global Construction Leaders’ Summit, each designed to shed light on crucial developments in the construction sector and 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, said the organisers.
The largest and most influential event for the construction industry in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region has so far confirmed more than 1000 exhibitors from 45 countries and 20 country pavilions and has recently opened an online networking and meeting facilitation add-on to help organisations kick-start their experience wherever their location.
The event will be held alongside The Big 5 Heavy, Middle East Concrete, Windows, Doors & Facades Event, Gulf Glass, HVAC R Expo, The Big 5 Solar, Middle East Stone, Urban Design & Landscape Expo, FM Expo.-

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