The event draws contractors, specifiers, architects, engineers and buyers throughout the region, and a total of 50,420 visitors were on hand at the 2007 fair.
Among the seven exhibitions taking place at The Big 5 is the “Marble & Stone” event. “The Middle East continues to be a major user of marble and other minerals, and with construction projects in the region continuing apace, demand for products and services in this sector is as big as ever,” stated show organizers. Other exhibitions include: Building & Construction; Water Technology & Environment; Air Conditioning & Refrigeration; Cleaning & Maintenance; Glass & Metal; and Bathrooms & Ceramics.
One of the most commercially successful trade fairs in Dubai, The Big 5 features national pavilions from all the major exporting countries of the world.
Dubai itself is among the most cosmopolitan cities in the Arabian Gulf, the commercial and trading hub of a fast-growing region. Show organizers point out that it is the leading import and re-export center for a multi-billion dollar market that stretches across three continents.
Throughout the Middle East, construction activity is currently at its highest level for over 20 years. The Gulf countries have a large young population, a fast-growing tourism industry and, due to oil revenues, generous finances for massive infrastructure development.
The construction boom in the Gulf region is founded on an active public sector, commissioning hospitals, mosques, fire stations, tourism and educational facilities. Public sector visitors to The Big 5 have budget allocations worth millions of dollars for infrastructure creation and maintenance, including airports, hospitals, schools, streets and parks.
Private sector development is even more dynamic, with the emphasis on resorts, hotels, leisure and commercial developments, shopping malls, apartment blocks, condominiums and trade towers.
Architects, designers and contractors involved in these project types throughout the Middle East region are regular visitors to The Big 5.
The Dubai International Exhibition Centre, where the event is held, is considered to be a premier exhibition venue in the region. For more information on the event, visit www.thebig5exhibition.com.