This year, the 44th edition of Big 5 Global opened at the Dubai World Trade Centre, featuring over 2,200 exhibitors from 60+ countries, making it the largest and most influential construction industry event in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia.
The event emphasizes strong local and international support, with exhibitors showcasing products and services aimed at transforming the construction landscape of the MEASA region towards a more sustainable future.
“Big 5 Global is committed to aligning with the discussions at COP28, echoing global sustainability goals,” said Josine Heijmans, VP of the construction division at Big 5 Global.
Running for four days, the event embodies this commitment by fostering innovation and collaboration towards a more sustainable future for the construction industry, echoing the conversations around climate action at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Dubai.
An epicenter of sustainable products and green solutions
The construction industry’s significant energy consumption and carbon emissions make it a crucial sector in the race towards net-zero goals.
This week, Big 5 Global is introducing an array of innovative solutions to address these challenges. Companies present new products, technologies, and practices geared towards energy efficiency and decarbonizing the construction sector.
One such company is US-based Milwaukee Tool, introducing zero-emission technology for equipment and showcasing a comprehensive range of solutions. Milwaukee Tool aims to reduce CO2 emissions by 60% by 2030 as part of its global strategy.
Another company, LINQ Modular, a subsidiary of Dubai-based contracting heavyweight ALEC, is showcasing a finished and electrically powered prefabricated modular hotel room that reduces energy consumption and lowers carbon emissions compared to traditional on-site construction.
Big 5’s Impact Trail
As Big 5 Global advances its efforts to make a positive impact, it introduces the Big 5 Impact Trail, a green path across the exhibition leading visitors to explore products helping to create a sustainable future for the industry.
One of the companies joining the Impact Trail is the UAE’s homegrown Emirates Steel Arkan, presenting construction materials and products produced efficiently and sustainably, setting new standards in the construction and infrastructure sectors.
Saudi Arabia-based Green Building Solutions (GBS) is another company promoting sustainable practices through its participation in the Impact Trail. The company presents Phomi MCM products manufactured from natural materials and environmentally friendly.
Dialogues around decarbonizing the industry
Throughout the four days of the event, Big 5 Global hosts thought leadership discussions across various summits and talks to actively shape initiatives aimed at decarbonizing the industry.
As the UAE marks the Year of Sustainability, HE Dr. Abdullah Belhaif Al Nuaimi outlines key strategies for a sustainable construction future.
Cristina Gamboa, CEO of the World Green Building Council, shares insights on why the built environment is imperative for Agenda 2030, emphasizing the need to halve emissions and reduce embodied carbon by at least 40%.
Other sessions explore the role of architects in building a net-zero world, planning for sustainability and decarbonization in the built environment, and Dr. Michael L. Tholen’s session on the new Center of Excellence for Carbon Neutral Concrete by ACI: Middle East & North Africa.
“As Big 5 Global continues to be at the heart of building connections and supporting businesses to grow, we look forward to creating a remarkable four days of diverse activities and product launches driving sustainability and decarbonization,” concluded Heijmans.
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