The Big 5: Middle East's biggest construction event in Dubai postponed to 2021

Next edition would be held on 12-15 September 2021 ahead of Expo 2020 Dubai

  
Labourers work on a construction site in Dubai. Image for illustrative purposes.

Labourers work on a construction site in Dubai. Image for illustrative purposes.

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The Big 5, Middle East, Africa and South Asia's largest construction event, has been postponed to 2021 in the wake of the effect of the coronavirus pandemic.

The annual trade event and its co-hosted shows - The Big 5 Heavy, Middle East Concrete, HVAC R Expo, Middle East Stone, The Big 5 Solar, and the Urban Design & Landscape Expo - would be held on 12-15 September 2021, at the Dubai World Trade Centre, the event's organisers dmg events announced on Monday.

Ben Greenish, Senior Vice President at dmg events

The Big 5 scheduled for 23-26 November has been replaced with a "Digital Festival of Construction to assist the industry and sustain the sector's resilience through the current challenging times," a press statement by the Dubai-headquartered form said.

The statement said the decision to postpone this year's event comes after consultation with key stakeholder groups.

Ben Greenish, Senior Vice President at dmg events, said: "We understand how crucial a successful trade event is for their businesses, and how challenging planning ahead can be in such uncertain times. We have therefore decided to postpone this year's event to offer an edition of the scale and nature expected of The Big 5 in 2021, which will boost the construction sector's recovery efforts in the post-COVID-19 era."

The statement said that with Dubai moving the 2020 World Expo to October 2021, the next edition of The Big 5 will come at a time during which Dubai is expected to enter an exciting new growth phase.

Launched in Dubai in 1979, The Big 5 is today the largest portfolio of construction events in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia, according to the statement.

(Writing by Madhura Deulgaonkar; Editing by Anoop Menon)

(anoop.menon@refinitiv.com)

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